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KBH Kaanuun

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Managing Partner: DK Singh Number of partners: 4 Number of lawyers: 14
Languages: Arabic, English, French, German, Hindi, Urdu

Firm Overview:
KBH is a DIFC, Dubai based international law firm with offices in Kuwait and Bahrain. The firm specialises in international commercial transactions and disputes, frequently with a dimension beyond the GCC. The firm offers tailored corporate advisory and dispute resolution services across all sectors. KBH is particularly known for its work in international commercial litigation and arbitration.
Since its foundation in 2006, KBH has been at the forefront of advising on innovative corporate solutions and litigation strategies in the DIFC, on shore Dubai and the wider GCC region. The firm has acted and been instrumental in a significant number of key precedent setting cases and occupies a prominent award-winning position for its strategic and advocacy services.
In recent years, KBH has developed a dedicated 360 dispute resolution practice that includes full case management and advocacy services. This draws on the full skills and capacity of the firm’s integrated case teams, including counsel having an advocacy role, in advisory and contentious matters.
KBH’s lawyers are typically dual-qualified, multi lingual and have significant complementary experience from across the Middle East, Europe and further afield.
KBH enjoys strong peer recognition as a tough and able opponent in contentious matters. The firm has maintained an unrivalled sequence of wins in all contentious work in recent years. This reflects KBH’s dedication to the highest standards of legal representation and attention to detail.

Main Areas of Practice: 

Banking & Financial Services
Corporate Commercial
Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation
Gateway to the GCC
International Arbitration
Real Estate
Regulatory & Investigation
Wills & Probate Registry in DIFC

Banking & Finance:
KBH advises its clients on:
■Bilateral and syndicated lending transactions
■Property and asset/mortgage finance
■Security documentation
■Structuring and incorporation of companies in DIFC
■Trade finance
Key Clients: Emirates National Bank of Dubai, Carlos Queiroz, Axis Bank.
Key Contact: DK Singh
Tel: +971 4 709 6700 Email: [email protected]

Corporate Commercial:
KBH advises its clients on:
■Mergers and acquisitions of companies
■Private equity transactions
■Structuring of investments in the UAE and the GCC
■Applications for DFSA category licenses
■Structuring and incorporation of companies in DIFC
■Management buy-outs
■Joint Ventures
■Private Placements
■Multi-jurisdiction restructuring
Key Clients: GMG Brokers Limited (DFSA Regulated), Adamas Consultants, Canyelles Services Limited.
Key Contact: DK Singh
Tel: +971 4 709 6700 Email: [email protected]

Dispute Resolution & Commercial Litigation:
KBH has played a key role in the development of the DIFC as a favourable jurisdiction for international commercial dispute resolution. Firm’s success is demonstrated by the innovative and creative legal solutions it provides, being the first to:
■Fund a case in the DIFC Courts entirely by third party litigation funding, in order to successfully bring a financial mis-selling case
■Bring a claim against a bank incorporated outside of the jurisdiction thereby setting a precedent and establishing the legal test for widening jurisdiction of the DIFC Courts
■Bring a group action
■Conduct proceedings in the High Courts of England and Wales entirely from the DIFC
■Act for a liquidator in the first ever claim of Unfair Prejudice in the DIFC Courts
Key Clients: Emirates National Bank of Dubai, Orion Holdings, KBC Aldini Capital Ltd.
Key Contact: DK Singh and Bushra Ahmed
Tel: +971 4 709 6700
Email: [email protected]; [email protected]

KBH advises its clients on:
■Bespoke employment policies and staff handbook preparation
■Employment contracts
■Strategic and substantive advice on navigating terminations and redundancies
■Visa and immigration procedures
■Advice and representation for employees and employers in employment disputes
■Advocacy in employment cases before the DIFC Courts and before the specialist employment and general courts of the UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain In employment related matters KBH has been the first firm and legal representatives in a number of leading and precedent setting decisions.
Key Clients: Christos Papadopoulos, Asif Adil, Sivendran Vettivetpillai.
Key Contact: Bushra Ahmed
Tel: +971 4 709 6700
Email: [email protected]

Gateway to the GCC:
KBH’s dedicated ‘Gateway to the GCC’ service provides a gateway for companies across the globe by finding the right corporate structure and tailored advice to achieve successful entry into the GCC region.

International Arbitration:
The firm’s international arbitration practice includes international commercial arbitration as well as UAE and other domestic arbitration in the GCC and in certain European and Asian jurisdictions. Lawyers have experience in handling disputes as counsel under all major international arbitration rules, including:
■International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
■London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
■International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR)
■International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)
■United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)
■Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)
■Hong Kong Centre for International Arbitration (HKIAC)
■Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC)
■Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC)
■GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre (GCCCAC)
■Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA)
Key Clients: Olympus, Scalini Ristorante LLC
Key Contact: DK Singh and Bushra Ahmed
Tel: +971 4 709 6700
Email: [email protected]; [email protected]

Real Estate:
KBH advises its clients on:
■Project financing
■Advising on title and land use
■Regulatory and licensing requirements for commercial activity
■Commercial leases
■Aspects of property conveyances and transfers including lending and mortgage-backed securities aspects
Key Clients: Amit Dattani, Youssef Ward, Scalini Limited
Key Contact: DK Singh
Tel: +971 4 709 6700
Email: [email protected]

Regulatory & Investigation:
KBH has a dedicated practice of Regulatory Compliance to advise on all aspects of DIFC Regulations, DFSA regulatory advisory and compliance, compliance manuals, anti-money laundering rules, compliance monitoring and audit requirements, DIFC approvals for regulated and non-regulated businesses, and Investigations.
Key Clients: Al Masah Capital Management Limited, GMG Brokers Limited, ZAD Global Direct Investments Limited.
Key Contact: DK Singh
Tel: +971 4 709 6700
Email: [email protected]

Wills & Probate Registry in DIFC:
KBH has been at the forefront of providing expert advice to expatriates on safeguarding their assets in the Middle East region and has the requisite expertise to assist clients in drafting and executing a will that fully protects their assets and their families.