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Al Suwaidi & Company

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Managing Partner: Mohammed Rashed Alsuwaidi
Languages: Arabic, English, French, Hindi, Malayalam, Russian, Urdu, Filipino

Firm Overview:
Al Suwaidi & Company was founded in 1997 by Mohammed Rashed Alsuwaidi. For two decades, the firm has demonstrated its ability to provide a full spectrum of high quality and dependable legal services to a broad client base. The firm represents individuals, including those of high net worth status, and local and international companies of all sizes, from small independent entities to SMEs and large corporate multinationals. The firm is committed to offering tailored, clear and legal advice at a competition cost. Advice is delivered by a team of lawyers, qualified in various jurisdictions area across the world including the UAE. The firm’s local knowledge and expertise across the MENA region is second to none. This is complemented by wider knowledge of international legal systems. In addition, the firm has several lawyers with different specialisms who are registered to practice in the Dubai International Financial Centre courts. Al Suwaidi & Company consistently excels in all areas of practice. The firm’s lawyers are approachable, flexible and tenacious. The firm’s substantial experience and good quality training ensures that clients receive sound legal advice. Client satisfaction is evident from the large number of repeat instructions the firm receives on a regular basis. Furthermore, Al Suwaidi & Company works closely with its clients, ensuring there is a comprehensive understanding of their requirements and expectations.

As part of its continuous efforts to consolidate client relations, there are four guiding principles the firm abides by:
■ Providing a thorough approach to problem solving, taking into account all relevant factors and applying knowledge in a commercial framework
■ Providing lawyers with depth of experience who are always accessible
■ Delivering pragmatic advice in a cost-effective model four
■ Providing services on time and within budget, collaborating with the client each step of the way

Main Areas of Practice:

Litigation:
Al Suwaidi & Company has one of the best known and most successful litigation practices in the UAE consisting of leading international lawyers with expertise in managing large-scale and complex litigation cases and incorporating multi-jurisdictional issues. The firm represents multifarious clients including government or semi-governmental entities/ instrumentalities, corporate, partners private, individual (i.e. national and international) on both the claimant and defendant sides in all courts across the UAE, including the DIFC, ICSID Panel of Arbitration and Court of Cassation. Al Suwaidi & Company specialises in high volume and complex litigation. The firm is adept at handling urgent applications and injunctions, ensuring that cases are dealt with in a controlled and cost-effective way.

Arbitration:
Armed with the competency in managing local and international arbitrations, Al Suwaidi & Company is skilled to offer bespoke advocacy services by lawyers who are qualified arbitrators under the rules of all leading arbitral institutions, including Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), DIFC-LCIA and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). The firm’s arbitration practice encompasses general commercial, construction, energy, oil and gas disputes and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards.

Banking & Finance:
With a team of highly experienced banking lawyers that understand clients’ needs, Al Suwaidi & Company keeps abreast of the changes within the fast-moving finance sector. The firm acts for leading the regional and international financial institutions comprising of banks, corporate borrowers and issuers in a variety of transactions including corporate lending, project finance securitisation, Islamic finance and compliance with Central Bank instructions and debt restructuring.

Employment:
Al Suwaidi & Company has a team of highly regarded lawyers representing employers and individuals in a variety of straightforward and complex cases. The firm has exceptional experience providing advice on all aspects of employment law issues/matters including contracts, employee incentives, workplace disputes, wrongful and unfair termination, protection of client information, discrimination, employee data protection and regulatory issues.

Maritime:
Al Suwaidi & Company’s maritime lawyers have a detailed understanding of the shipping industry and expertly advise ship owners, charterers, shipyards, P&I clubs, port and terminal operators, underwriters and traders on all aspects of both contentious and non-contentious shipping-related work including dry maritime and admiralty. The firm’s experienced lawyers are well prepared to handle the variety of issues that arise in the maritime industry.

Intellectual Property:
The firm offers a full range of IP services including registration, renewal, amendments, licensing, patent protection, trademarks, copyright, portfolio management, litigation and enforcement of rights. The thorough pre-filing service offered ensures the availability of trademarks for registration purposes. It is highly experienced in handling dispute matters from relatively straightforward copyright and design issues to large scale and complex trademark infringement matters.

Construction:
Al Suwaidi & Company is at the forefront of the market in development, civil engineering, environmental, regeneration and infrastructure litigation. The firm’s international knowhow in this industry enables it to successfully meet client expectations and objectives. With the firm’s unique, in-depth industry knowledge and commercial aptitude, lawyers appreciate the detailed requirements of construction and advise on any matters related to land development projects including planning, environmental and construction issues.

Real Estate:
Equipped with extensive real estate knowledge, the firm can provide thorough advice both on commercial and residential tenants and landlords, purchasers, major contractors and multinational developers. Al Suwaidi & Company frequently represents clients in the Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA) as well as arbitration tribunals and courts. The team possess both the flexibility and commitment needed to work closely with clients, consultants, contractors and other professional advisers.

Insurance:
The firm has a wealth of expertise in handling a broad range of insurance disputes. Lawyers are knowledgeable in providing advice from a commercial and legal perspective on specific aspects of the insurance industry including interpretation and drafting commercial policies for leading insurance companies, reinsurers, underwriters and brokers.

Corporate & Commercial:
Al Suwaidi & Company provides a full spectrum of corporate and commercial services for businesses ranging from startups, to SMEs and global corporations. A team of dedicated lawyers gives expert advice and guidance on company set up, structuring and restructuring of startups and existing businesses, drafting contracts and commercial agreements including shareholder agreements, MOUs, articles of association, agency, distribution, franchise and licensing agreements.

Corporate Fraud/Financial Crime/White Collar Crime:
The firm’s capabilities extend to both prosecution and defence work in respect of white collar crime. A team of dedicated lawyers regularly advises organisations and individuals on issues including criminal investigation, corporate fraud, embezzlement, anti-money laundering as well as asset stripping. In addition, the firm represents clients in connection with the police, public prosecution and courts. The firm also acts for companies and organisations that have identified incidents of fraud or misconduct perpetrated by a variety of people including directors, employees, customers and others. Lawyers are prompt in providing assistance in investigating incidents and offer advice to minimise impact of the client’s business. Accordingly, its capable lawyers are able to deal with all aspects of fraud in the UAE and internationally via network of specialist lawyers.

Oil & Gas:
Under the direct guidance of Mr Mohammed R. Al Suwaidi, Managing Partner, Al Suwaidi & Company’s energy practice has become one of the most reputable in the region. The oil and gas industry is one of the largest in the region and the firm has extensive experience in this field. Mohammed Al Suwaidi had been the head of the legal department of Emirates General Petroleum Corporation, before the formation of Al Suwaidi & Company. The firm works with a wide variety of national and international firms on matters including:
■ International energy transactions
■ Joint ventures between regional and international firms
■ Environmental issues
■ Exploration and development agreements
■ Transportation and storage agreements
■ Downstream distribution
■ Project finance and general corporate matters
The firm also advises both government and multi-national firms on regulatory and policy issues related to this sector.