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OGH Legal

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Tel: +971 4 380 8838
Fax: +971 4 380 8839

Managing Partners: Mohamed ElGhatit, Sherif Hikal
Number of partners: 4
Number of lawyers: 10
Languages: Arabic, English, French

Firm Overview:
OGH Legal is a UAE-based boutique dispute resolution firm, delivering UAE law expertise with international service standards. Founded by expert UAE litigation practitioners, it provides legal services across a diverse range of sectors, with a focus on high quality client service.

Lawyers at OGH Legal are local court practitioners who provide unique local expertise alongside a true understanding of working with regional and international corporates, as well as international law firms.

The firm’s experience spans a number of sectors, with special expertise in construction, real estate, hospitality, commercial and banking. Lawyers have considerable experience in TMT, distributor/agent & principle relations as well as aviation, shipping and oil and gas. Further, the firm has an investigation (and white collar) practice and is growing its sports and IP disputes practices.

OGH Legal prides itself on providing clients with a personal service, never compromising on quality. With a wealth of expertise and proven commercial awareness, OGH Legal is able to offer innovative solutions to complex business issues, tailormade for the local legal and procedural regime.

Working With Internationa Firms:
The firm works and has excellent relationships with many of the global firms based in the UAE, as well as firms who do not have a regional or local presence. It acts both as local counsel on UAE Court litigations as well as local law co-counsel in arbitration.

This year, OGH Legal was involved in more than a dozen high value cases in local courts lead by international law firms. Three of these are amongst in excess of AED 1 billion. The firm's work showcases how OGH Legal works efficiently alongside international firms as local counsel and also ‘behind the scenes’ as local law experts.

Main Areas of Practice:
Dispute Resolution
4 partners, 10 fee-earners
• Acting on behalf of a European Government on a multi-jurisdictional case lead by a London City firm. It is the largest value claim currently being heard by the UAE Courts.
• Acting on behalf of a US Investment fund in a USD 500 million UAE court case against a local UAE bank in a complex and multi-party matter.
• Acting on behalf of a North African Sovereign Wealth Fund on a number of local Court disputes arising from their substantial investment portfolios in the UAE, valued at over AED 1 billion.
• Acting as local counsel on an Investment Treaty claim brought against an Arab state.
• Acting for UAE PJSC, in relation to a dispute arising out of a USD 350 million property investment situated in the UAE.
• Acting on behalf of a contractor in defending an AED 1.6 billion insurance claim.
• Acting for a contractor on a USD 2bn dispute with the employer of a mega project in Saudi Arabia. 
Contact Name: Mohamed ElGhatit
+971 4 380 8838
[email protected]

4 partners, 10 fee-earners
• Acting as local counsel assisting a leading international law firm in an ongoing Investment Treaty arbitration, arising out of a USD 100 million investment in a GCC state.
• Advising on a CRCICA arbitration between a multinational mobile telecommunications network operator and a local company, value of dispute USD 250m (Cairo seat, and Egyptian law).
• Co- counsel in an adhoc arbitration between a state owned enterprise and foreign investor involving a EGP 1.2 billion (then valued at USD 300m) real estate dispute.
• Acting for European oil and gas company with its local Sharjah partner in relation to an ICC arbitration value of claim approx. USD 10m.
• An Egyptian construction conglomerate in an ICC arbitration involving a joint venture for the development of a major real estate project in Alexandria.
• Acting for a US petroleum services company in a CRCICA arbitration with its local, Egyptian, partner on profit distribution valued at USD 55m.
Contact Name: Mohamed ElGhatit
+971 4 380 8838
[email protected]

4 partners, 10 fee-earners
• Advising numerous clients on corporate law matters including company incorporation in the UAE, Switzerland and France, corporate governance, shareholders agreements, SPAs, subscription and joint venture agreements.
• Advising clients on a wide range of cross-border and domestic corporate law matters including advising international corporates on Middle East market entry.
• Advising on regulatory matters including antitrust, economic sanctions, anti-money laundering, advisory and litigation, workshops/training and compliance.
Contact Name: Sherif Hikal
+971 4 380 8838
[email protected]

4 partners, 10 fee-earners
• Advising a major GCC state-owned energy company in relation to major complex and multijurisdictional high-profile employment litigation.
• Acting on behalf of a Spanish contractor in a local UAE court case against an employer.
• Acting on behalf of an Italian logistic company in respect of a class action type claim by employees.
• Acting on behalf of a UAE listed investment funds in respect of a class action type claim brought by existing management board.
Contact Name: Mohamed ElGhatit
+971 4 380 8838
[email protected]

Corporate Investigations
4 partners, 10 fee-earners
• Acting for HSBC as preferred external litigation counsel with regards to white collar crimes, including fraud, and misappropriation of loan funds.
• Advising a Saudi company in relation to the receipt of falsified payment receipts. This criminal complaint is being dealt with in multiple jurisdictions.
• Acting for two Arab sovereign wealth funds in respect of investment relationships where there are suggestions of possible misconduct and fraud and assisting in formulating exit strategies.
• Acting on behalf of a UAE infrastructure company in respect of a fraudulent real estate transaction and related investigation.
Contact Name: Sherif Hikal
+971 4 380 8838
[email protected]

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
OGH Legal Prime Tower,
12 Floor Burj Khalifa Boulevard
Dubai, UAE
T: +971 4 380 8838
F: +971 4 380 8839
[email protected]