KBH Kaanuun

Dubai Office

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

Firm Overview:
KBH is a DIFC, Dubai based law firm with offices in Kuwait and Bahrain. The firm specialises in international commercial transactions and disputes, frequently with a dimension beyond the GCC. Since its foundation in 2006, KBH has been instrumental in a significant number of key precedent setting cases and occupies a prominent award-winning position for its strategic and advocacy services.

KBH’s values include acting with total integrity at all times, being a friendly, approachable and sensitive firm to client needs by providing affordable access to justice, to continually improve and to share knowledge.

KBH’s goal is to grow as a progressive law firm of choice with a strong emphasis on providing innovative legal solutions, understanding our client’s need for cutting edge affordable legal expertise.

The firm’s expertise and experience, and the trust and confidence of our clients, enable us to accurately assess their risks. The firm's diverse and flexible fee structures, ranging from traditional retainers to fixed fee arrangements to deferred fee arrangements based upon risk sharing, as well as the use of litigation funding are tailored to each client’s requirements in managing their legal costs.

KBH’s lawyers are typically dual-qualified, multi lingual and have significant complementary experience from across the Middle East, Europe and further afield.

KBH contributes to developing rules in the GCC through its advocacy on new precedents as they arise and through its wider professional advocacy.

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, 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: Adamas Consultants, KAAF, Bahrain Real Estate Investment Company (Edamah)
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. The 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: Orion Holdings, KBC Aldini Capital Ltd., RAG Foodstuff Trading Limited
Key Contact: DK Singh, 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: Asif Adil
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: USD 180 million DIFC-LCIA Arbitration, Commercial Agreement ICC Arbitration - Paris Seat, French Law
Key Contact: DK Singh, 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: 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: 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.