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Horizons & Co Law Firm

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Chairman: Adv. Ali Al Zarooni
Number of partners: 2
Number of lawyers: 30
Languages:Afrikaans, Arabic, English, French, Hindi, Tagalog, Urdu

Firm Overview:
Founded in 1999 and with offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Horizons & Co has a strong regional focus, regularly advising both local and international clients (on contentious and non-contentious matters) throughout the GCC region. Horizons & Co is a disputes-focused practice, specialising in litigation, arbitration and corporate work in the UAE and the Middle East in general. Clients include local and international corporations, insurers, financial institutions, developers, contractors, oil and gas companies and Government organisations. The firm frequently serves as local counsel to international firms on multifaceted civil and commercial disputes. Horizons & Co is considered a leader in advising on UAE legal matters, with many international law firms working closely with us in order to gain an expert insight into all matters pertaining to local UAE laws.

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2 partners; 4 fee earners based in the UAE.
Horizon & Co bolstered its arbitration team in 2016 by appointing Areen Jayousi, an expert in complex cases involving multi-million dollar arbitration matters, to head the arbitration function. In the time since, the arbitration team has been instructed on various cases, particularly high profile construction and real estate arbitrations.
■ Instructed by a major real estate developer on 16 separate arbitrations. The firm assisted with the termination of several long lease agreements and claims for outstanding rent payments resulting in AED 46 million, plus interest, being paid to the client.
■ Successfully handled a dispute between the firm's client, a construction and investment contractor and a large property developer, relating to the construction of several residential apartment buildings in Dubai and contractual issues relating to injunction of performance guarantees, recovery of outstanding contract price and retention monies and defense against an AED 28 million counterclaim for liquidated damages.
■ Assisted a major property developer in a 400 million dirham dispute with a national bank in Dubai relating to contractual breaches of a long term lease with development obligations in the Dubailand area of Dubai.
Contact: Areen Jayousi
Tel: +50 284 2926
Email: [email protected]

2 partners; 4 fee earners based in the UAE.
The corporate department complements our litigation and arbitration functions and instructs on highvalue cases for various individuals, organisations and conglomerates in the GCC region.
■ Assisted a UAE property developer, including consultation and representation in negotiations with regards to their purchase of an under-construction mall in Dubai. The transaction amounted to AED 1 billion.
■ Provided due diligence to the firm's client, a construction company organised under the laws of Guernsey. The client was acquiring a group of companies based in Athens, Greece, with business in construction and operating in the UAE through its two subsidiaries and three branches. The client was provided with our recommendations to tackle the potential impediments and other legal issues.
■ Advice on restructuring a group of companies based in Duabi and Abu Dhabi, worth approximately AED 5 million. On an ongoing basis we provide legal guidance in relation to commercial contractual arrangements, changes in ownership and management structures, including; day to day operations taking into account the nature of the business and the commercial and legal risks.
Contact: Adv. Ali Al Zarooni
+50 631 4431
Email: [email protected]

2 partners; 29 fee earners based in the UAE.
The firm has been practicing litigation in the UAE for almost two decades. It has a strong regional focus, regularly advising both local and international clients (on contentious and non-contentious matters) throughout the GCC region. The litigation team is renowned for; representation in criminal cases, representation in civil and commercial disputes, property and real estate disputes and employment disputes.
■ Assisted a construction and investments company in a 23 million dirham case against a major bank by filing an attachment and civil case.
■ Successfully requested the termination of a Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA), on behalf of a major property developer, resulting in AED 400 million refund plus compensation.
■ Filed a case for the firm's client, a commercial company, requesting a payment of AED 22 million owed as a result of 4 bounced cheques. The Dubai Lower Court issued its judgement in the firm's favour, with the Appeal Court upholding the same.
Contact: Adv. Ali Al Zarooni
Tel: +50 631 4431
Email: [email protected]


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