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FIRE Middle East 2021

In-Person on the 14th - 16th November 2021

Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai

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Ibtissem Lassoued
Partner, Head of Advisory Financial Crime
AL TAMIMI & COMPANY (Dubai, UAE)

Ibtissem Lassoued
Ibtissem Lassoued Partner, Head of Advisory Financial Crime
AL TAMIMI & COMPANY (Dubai, UAE)
Mohammed Al Dahbashi
Managing Partner
ADG Legal (Dubai)

Joint founding and managing partner, Mohammed Al Dahbashi, is a prominent Emirati lawyer. Having graduated from the United Kingdom, with a Bachelors degree of Law with Honours (LLB Hons), Mohammed is of the few Emiratis that is experienced in both corporate/commercial transactions and disputes work.

Having worked for UAE firm Hadef & Partners, before setting up his own firm MAD Advocates and then co-founding ADG, Mohammed is committed to combining local UAE experience with international client care standards. Mohammed has also worked with various legal teams in the UAE that specialize on the corporate sector of legal work, and as a legal advisor at a boutique management consultancy firm in Dubai. He worked with the legal team of Mubadala Development Company PJSC, with great focus on corporate governance, aerospace and renewable energy fields. He also trained with other legal teams, including the legal team of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

A licensed advocate, Mohammed has rights of appearance before the competent courts of the UAE and has worked on a wide range of contentious matters, including commercial arbitrations, commercial litigations and criminal matters. He also has experience in corporate restructuring, preparing agreements, joint ventures, negotiating and advising clients.

With his international standards and local legal skills, Mohammed has been able to reach outstanding outcomes for his clients. He is renowned for being focused and effective, whilst remaining attentive to the needs of his clients.


Mohammed Al Dahbashi
Mohammed Al Dahbashi Managing Partner
ADG Legal (Dubai)
Lojayne Shaheen
Counsel
Zulficar & Partners (Egypt)

Lojayne Shaheen is a Counsel in the Firm’s International Arbitration group.

Ms. Shaheen obtained her LL.B. from the Faculty of Law, Cairo University in 2009 along with a Licence en Droit in French and European law from Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University. She also holds a Master degree from the Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University with an emphasis on international law and arbitration.

Ms. Shaheen specializes in international commercial and investment arbitration. Ms. Shaheen has represented clients under various arbitration rules and institutions including ICSID, ICC, CRCICA and DIAC in different practice areas. She has also contributed in the drafting of a number of articles on the Egyptian Arbitration Law and the Arbitration Climate in Egypt.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Shaheen was a Managing Associate at a leading arbitration boutique in Cairo and trained in Paris in a French law firm in the commercial and tax departments.

Ms. Shaheen is a certified Egyptian lawyer and holds a certificate entitling her to enroll at the Paris bar.

Ms. Shaheen handles cases in Arabic, English and French. She has a working knowledge in Spanish.


Lojayne Shaheen
Lojayne Shaheen Counsel
Zulficar & Partners (Egypt)
Paul McGrath QC
Barrister
Essex Court Chambers (UK)

Paul McGrath QC
Paul McGrath QC Barrister
Essex Court Chambers (UK)
Yaser Dajani
Managing Director
Quantuma (Dubai)

Yaser is a managing director and experienced adviser with expertise across forensic accounting and investigations and cross-border assignments. Yaser is also head of Quantuma Middle East and responsible for leading our business across the region from our office in Dubai.

Yaser is an outcome-oriented and results-driven professional, providing strategic advice to clients to help them overcome complex business challenges. He has expertise across forensic accounting and investigations, business intelligence, cross-border asset tracing and recovery, litigation consulting, and reputation audit and management. 

He covers most jurisdictions across the region, with a particular focus on the GCC, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, and Pakistan. He also conducts forensic investigations across the globe in Europe, North and South America and Asia for clients in those regions and globally, including premier international and regional law firms, sovereign wealth funds, financial institutions, multinationals, and regional business conglomerates, including government and family-owned enterprises.


Yaser Dajani
Yaser Dajani Managing Director
Quantuma (Dubai)
Kevin Hellard
Practice Leader, Insolvency & Asset Recovery
Grant Thornton

Kevin Hellard
Kevin Hellard Practice Leader, Insolvency & Asset Recovery
Grant Thornton
Amine Antari
Managing Director, Forensic Investigations and Intelligence, Middle East Head
Kroll (Dubai)

Amine has more than 15 years’ experience of working with corporations, financial institutions, and consulting firms around the world. He has assisted financial institutions, governmental agencies, and engineering companies with their fraud and corruption investigations, compliance and anti-money laundering initiatives.

Prior to joining Kroll, Amine was Head of Compliance Investigations at SNC-Lavalin, a global infrastructure, engineering, and construction company. He joined the firm in 2011 to establish the Investigation department in its Montreal office but spent his last two years with the firm in Abu Dhabi, with primary responsibility for investigating and mitigating risks related to bribery, corruption, and fraud. In this role, Amine led a number of cross-border investigations involving multi-lateral development banks as well as governmental and private sector entities in various countries in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe, as well as North and South America.


Amine Antari
Amine Antari Managing Director, Forensic Investigations and Intelligence, Middle East Head
Kroll (Dubai)
David Joseph QC
Barrister
Essex Court Chambers

David Joseph QC joined Essex Court Chambers in 1985, took silk in 2003. He acts as a barrister, advocate and arbitrator. He is a member of the Bar of England and Wales and of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. He has also been called ad hoc to argue cases before the Court of Appeal in Singapore and the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong.

He is well-recognised not only in the English courts but across the common law world as an authority in the twin fields of international arbitration and jurisdiction disputes. He is consistently recommended in the top tier of each of the UK and global directories in the field of international arbitration. He is also recommended in commercial litigation, general insurance and aerospace. In 2013 he was chosen as Silk of the Year in International Commercial Arbitration by both Chambers Directory and the Legal 500. He was also short-listed by Chambers Directory in this category in 2012 and again in 2017.


David Joseph QC
David Joseph QC Barrister
Essex Court Chambers
Walid Azzam
Partner
Hadef & Partners (Dubai)

Walid is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution department in Dubai. He specialises in complex Commercial and Corporate arbitration and litigation, often with cross-border elements.

Walid joined Hadef & Partners in 2005. During that time, he has developed specialist knowledge of managing large scale, multi-jurisdictional disputes and has acted on a number of high-profile banking and real estate matters. Walid advises a diverse group of clients; including publicly traded and multi-national companies, as well as high net worth individuals on various contentious matters.

Walid also specialises in local and international asset tracings and recovery, advises on financial crimes as well as on anti-corruption and anti-bribery issues. He further advises on extradition and mutual legal assistance as well as on sanctions and anti-money laundering matters.

Walid has a Juris Doctorate and is admitted to the Massachusetts State Bar. Prior to joining Hadef & Partners, he practiced in the US, in both Chicago and Boston. He routinely lectures, and sits on various panels that deal with a variety of issues relating to regional legal trends and developments. Walid is fluent in English, Arabic and French.


Walid Azzam
Walid Azzam Partner
Hadef & Partners (Dubai)
Rebecca Copley
Partner
Eversheds (Dubai)

Rebecca is a partner based in the Dubai office. She is the Head of both the Litigation and Dispute Management team and the Corporate Crime and Investigations/Financial Services Disputes and Investigations team in the Middle East. She is described by Legal 500 as "exceptionally astute", "reassuringly commercial" and a "noted name".

She is experienced in both common and local civil law systems, managing high profile and high value claims in the English, UAE, Bahraini and Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) courts. She was recently appointed to the DIFC Court Rules Committee, responsible for drafting the DIFC’s common law procedural rules and protocols. She supports clients on the entire cycle of litigation work including advisory work, injunctive relief, asset tracing and enforcement action. She has also managed numerous complex jurisdictional challenges both in the UAE and across the globe. She is commended by Chambers & Partners for her work on “financial disputes” being described as a lawyer who “focuses on understanding the business and devises tailored strategies to maximise prospects of recovery and minimise costs."


Rebecca Copley
Rebecca Copley Partner
Eversheds (Dubai)
Karim Mahmoud
Partner
Hadef & Partners (Dubai)

Karim is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution team in Dubai. Prior to joining Hadef & Partners, Karim practised with a multinational firm in New York specialising in Restructuring and Litigation.

He has gained experience working for both multinational and local entities regarding all manner of disputes in the local UAE Courts and arbitration proceedings. His practice includes a broad range of commercial matters with particular experience in shareholder, commercial agency, banking, and real estate disputes.  

Karim also regularly advises on cross border disputes with white collar matters often encompassing complex corporate fraud, tracing, freezing and recovery of assets, anti-money laundering, extradition, and mutual judicial cooperation, including issues relating to foreign judgments and Interpol notices.

He holds a Bachelor of Art in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies from Rutgers University in New Jersey and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Brooklyn Law School in New York. Karim is a member of the American Bar Association and is admitted to the New Jersey and New York State Bars. He is fluent in English and Arabic.


Karim Mahmoud
Karim Mahmoud Partner
Hadef & Partners (Dubai)
Zoe O'Sullivan QC
Barrister
Serle Court

Zoe O’Sullivan QC is a highly experienced commercial practitioner who thrives in court.

Her subject area expertise includes joint ventures and shareholder disputes, banking and finance, oil and gas and IT/outsourcing disputes. She is described in the directories as “very easy to work with and very hands on”, “a real fighter, who is incredibly focused and charismatic and has real gravitas” and “fiercely intelligent”. She is registered as a practitioner in Part II of the DIFC Courts’ Register and regularly appears in the DIFC Court as counsel.

Zoe is also regularly appointed as sole, presiding and co-arbitrator in arbitrations under the  LCIA, ICC and UNCITRAL rules.


Zoe O’Sullivan QC
Zoe O'Sullivan QC Barrister
Serle Court
Nick Wood
Partner
Grant Thornton

Nick is an Insolvency Practitioner with over 25 years' experience in tracing and recovering hidden assets from a number of jurisdictions including, Caribbean, Far East and EMEA countries, the offshore financial centres, Russia/CIS region and the USA, using civil and insolvency procedures.

I work with corporates, financial institutions, victims of fraud and the public sector.  My team has recovered over £250 million of hidden assets over the last three years.  We frequently share the risk and reward of recovery with our clients.  Internationally I have been appointed as Receiver by the Courts of Antigua, Bermuda, BVI, Nevis, Jersey, Caymans and Delaware.

I am listed as one of Who’s Who Legal’s Most Highly Regarded Individuals in their Asset Recovery Expert Guide 2016 for my “vast reservoir of expertise”.

A number of my articles on fraud, asset tracing and recovery have been published and I have presented internationally on fraud, asset tracing and recovery techniques.

I am still playing rugby in the vets and refereeing.


Nick Wood
Nick Wood Partner
Grant Thornton
Richard Clarke
Managing Director, UAE
Kroll (Dubai)

Richard Clarke is a managing director in the Restructuring Advisory practice, based in Dubai. Richard, who leads the practice in Middle East and Africa, is a business transformation and restructuring expert with nearly 25 years of experience in adding value to businesses, in M&A, in corporate and debt structuring, and in legal and financial restructuring.

Before joining Kroll, Richard worked in Dubai as an independent business consultant assisting clients with business transformation and evolution, operational excellence, and financial and operational restructuring. He has also held several significant roles in his time in Dubai, including Managing Director and head of Portfolio Management at Dubai International Capital, LLC, a sovereign wealth fund owned by Dubai Holding, and Partner and Head of Deal Advisory for KPMG Middle East and South Asia (MESA). He has also been a Partner at Deloitte in Dubai, where he helped establish and lead a Middle East-wide due diligence, restructuring and business optimization business. During his time in Dubai, Richard has worked with a wide variety of local and international investors, government agencies, GRE’s and corporates.


Richard Clarke
Richard Clarke Managing Director, UAE
Kroll (Dubai)
Nadim Bardawil
Partner
BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP

Nadim is a Partner both in our Corporate and TMT practices in our DIFC office in Dubai. He specialises in transactional corporate work across various industries including media, technology and healthcare.

In his day-to-day role Nadim advises local and regional corporate on commercial matters, including joint ventures, restructuring and commercial agencies. He also focuses on technology and advises clients on complex technology-related agreements, e-commerce matters, and data protection.

He regularly publishes articles in various TMT related matters and speaks at a number of seminars and panels on various legal issues.

Fluent in a number of key languages including English, French and Arabic, Nadim holds a JD degree from the Hofstra University School of Law and is admitted to practice in the State of New York. He also holds a Business Management degree.


Nadim Bardawil
Nadim Bardawil Partner
BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP
Carmel King
Director
Grant Thornton

I specialise in asset tracing and recovering funds for clients who have suffered a financial loss as a result of fraud. I have 15 years’ experience of using insolvency proceedings, court-appointed receiverships, other civil procedures and litigation funding to conduct investigations, formulate legal claims and enforce judgements.

I have a particular interest in cryptoasset fraud and can assist victims and representatives in investigations and asset recovery strategies. I have the support of our corporate intelligence, forensic, digital and international colleagues to work seamlessly to achieve the best results for our clients, and can operate under a number of fee structures, often working on a contingent basis or with the benefit of third-party funding.

I have experience working in the public and private sectors, having taken instruction from government departments and local authorities in the UK, non-UK governments, and international companies.


Carmel King
Carmel King Director
Grant Thornton
Jennifer Fox
Partner
Ogier (Cayman)

Jennifer has practised offshore since 2008 and specialises in complex and high value international insolvency litigation and contentious trusts matters. She is a fraud expert who is skilled in obtaining all forms of pre-action relief and devising and implementing asset-tracing and recovery strategies.


Jennifer Fox
Jennifer Fox Partner
Ogier (Cayman)
Taher Abdeen Ibrahim
Partner
Hadef & Partners (Dubai)

Taher is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution team in Dubai. He specialises in civil, real estate, criminal and commercial matters and primarily engages in corporate enforcement work.

Taher is a licensed advocate and holds full rights of audience to appear before all courts in the UAE.

He has a Law degree from the United Arab Emirates University with honours.


Taher Abdeen Ibrahim
Taher Abdeen Ibrahim Partner
Hadef & Partners (Dubai)
Tom Evans
Counsel
Burford

Tom Evans is Counsel at Burford Law, the independent ABS law firm that supports and complements Burford’s asset recovery business. In that capacity, he acts as a solicitor in English law matters and assists as a legal advisor alongside international local counsel when other legal jurisdictions are involved.

Prior to joining Burford Law, Mr. Evans was a founding member of the English law disputes practice in Akin Gump’s London office. Previously, he was a litigator at Dewey & LeBoeuf and trained at Hogan Lovells. Mr. Evans' practice consisted of complex multi-jurisdictional disputes including litigation, arbitration and white-collar and involving a broad spectrum of industries and client types, with a particular focus on the telecoms, energy/natural resources and financial services sectors. Ranked by leading legal directories, Mr. Evans has handled disputes in nearly every major common law jurisdiction from North America and the Caribbean to countries throughout Africa and Asia, as well as working alongside local counsel in a broad swathe of civil law countries globally, including jurisdictions throughout the Middle East.

Mr. Evans earned his BA from the University of Oxford and LPC/PgDL from BPP Law School.


Tom Evans
Tom Evans Counsel
Burford
Zara Merali
Senior Associate
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (UAE)

Zara is a Senior Associate in our Dispute Resolution team and is based in the UAE. She has practised with top firms in Toronto, London and Kuwait before moving to Dubai.

Zara advises clients on global investigations, fraud, financial crime, bribery and corruption, asset-tracing, business ethics and corporate compliance. She has directed and conducted numerous cross-border investigations and has acted in major, global FCPA investigations. She specialises in strategically advising clients to help them manage legal risks, and also assists in general corporate and commercial disputes.

Zara was called to the Ontario Bar in 2007 and admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2009. She has been commended by legal directories as ‘exceptional’, and was also nominated for the DIFC Academy of Law’s Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award 2018.


Zara Merali
Zara Merali Senior Associate
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (UAE)
Chatura Randeniya
Partner
Afridi & Angell (Dubai)

Chatura’s practice focuses primarily on dispute resolution. He advises and represents clients in arbitration, and has represented clients in DIAC, ADCCAC, ICC, and ad hoc arbitrations.

In addition to representing clients in arbitration, he sits as an arbitrator. Chatura also works with local advocates on matters before the UAE Federal Courts, including the Federal Supreme Court in matters of national security, as well as the Courts of Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah.


Chatura Randeniya
Chatura Randeniya Partner
Afridi & Angell (Dubai)
Sophia Hurst
Barrister
Essex Court Chambers

Sophia has a broad commercial and chancery practice, encompassing a range of commercial litigation, fraud and asset recovery, banking and financial services, company, insolvency, and contentious trusts litigation.

Much of Sophia’s work has an international dimension; she is called to the bar in BVI and registered in DIFC and has a substantial practice before the courts of offshore jurisdictions and arbitral tribunals. She frequently advises on issues of jurisdiction and enforcement raised in cross-border disputes.

Sophia’s current and recent work includes acting in a complex cross-border banking fraud, and as part of the claimant team in Toucan Energy Holdings Ltd & Anr v Wirsol Energy Ltd & Ors [2021] EWHC 895 (Comm), a substantial Commercial Court dispute in the renewable energy sector.

Sophia is a contributing author to Gough on Company Charges and has delivered seminars and appeared on panels on a variety of topics, including at the ICC FraudNet 33rd conference, and the Private Client Global Elite Rising Leaders’ Forum 2021.


Sophia Hurst
Sophia Hurst Barrister
Essex Court Chambers
Nicola Jackson
Legal Director
Clyde & Co (Dubai)

Nicola advises both local and international clients on commercial and financial disputes before courts and tribunals in the UAE, Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia. In particular, Nicola specialises in banking disputes and is acting on a number of high-profile cases before the DIFC Courts. 

Nicola has acted for the Central Bank of Bahrain in her previous firm's capacity as external administrator of The International Banking Corporation and advised on a wide range of litigation across various jurisdictions, including claims for fraud and breach of contract.

Nicola has acted for clients in international arbitrations under the ICC, LCIA and GCCCAC Rules and the Oman Arbitration Act, with a particular focus on arbitrations involving parties from or with interests in the Middle East.

Nicola is an English qualified solicitor who has been in the Middle East since 2010 and with Clyde & Co since March 2020.


Nicola Jackson
Nicola Jackson Legal Director
Clyde & Co (Dubai)
Tom Montagu-Smith QC
Barrister
3VB

Tom has a heavy commercial disputes practice in both arbitration and litigation. His work includes banking, joint ventures, fraud, insurance and reinsurance and disputes arising out of construction projects.

Tom has been involved in some of the highest value and most significant cases before the DIFC Courts. Significant instructions include Emirates NBD v KBBO (DIFC, 2020 – ongoing), a US$300m for a syndicate of 11 banks against 19 defendants arising out of debt restructuring arrangements, SKAT v Elysium (DIFC, 2019 – ongoing), a US$2bn claim for the Danish State to recover fraudulent tax rebates and Pearl Petroleum v Kurdistan (DIFC, 2018), a US$2bn arbitration enforcement claim involving issues of state immunity.

Tom appeared in many of the claims establishing the DIFC Court’s jurisdiction to enforce foreign judgments and awards, including DNB Bank v Gulf Eyadah (CA, 25 Feb 2016), which established the “conduit” jurisdiction of the DIFC Courts.

Tom also regularly appears in the English Courts, where his cases include Watson v Watchfinder [2017] Bus LR 1309, a leading case on the application of the Braganza duty for the exercise of a contractual discretion, Kyrgyz Republic v Stans Energy [2018] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 66, acting for a state in a challenge to an arbitration award and MTC v HRH Prince Hussam Bin Saud [2019] EWHC 3109, a claim relating to a US$750m arbitration award.

Tom drafted the Rules of the DIFC Courts, Dubai World Tribunal and the Courts of the Astana International Financial Centre Courts, where he sits as a judge. He is a member of the English Civil Procedure Rules Committee. He is co-editor of DIFC Courts Practice (2020), the leading work on DIFC law and procedure. He contributes 4 chapters to Foskett on Compromise on arbitration, international dispute resolution, insurance and construction.


Tom Montagu-Smith QC
Tom Montagu-Smith QC Barrister
3VB
Nicholas Sharratt
Partner
Stephenson Harwood (Dubai)

Nick is a partner in the dispute resolution team in Dubai where he has been permanently based since 2012. He specialises in international arbitration, litigation and investigations across EMEA.

He leads many client relationships and is seen as a key first point of contact for many international clients doing business in the region.

Described by clients as having “great legal reflexes” and “excellent communication skills”, Nick is also consistently praised for his exceptional client service and was awarded the 2019 Lexology Client Choice Award for litigation in the UAE.

In their feedback, clients said that Nick was an “extremely professional and highly competent lawyer” who “goes the extra mile extra mile in providing top quality legal advice round the clock”. He was also said to be able to “understand and grasp technical concepts very well” and recognised as being “always one step ahead”.


Nicholas Sharratt
Nicholas Sharratt Partner
Stephenson Harwood (Dubai)
James Fox
Partner
DWF (Dubai)

James is Managing Partner of Dubai and Head of Dispute Resolution in the Middle East. He joined DWF in 2017 from a Band 1 listed firms Abu Dhabi office where he was Head of Dispute Resolution.


James Fox
James Fox Partner
DWF (Dubai)
Patrick Dillon-Malone S.C
Senior Counsel – International Litigation
Al Tamimi & Co

Patrick is a senior advocate of more than 22 years standing with specialist expertise in commercial litigation and international arbitration.

Called to the Bars of Ireland and England & Wales, and a Senior Counsel in Ireland since 2013, he is an accredited lawyer and advocate before the DIFC Courts in Dubai. His practice focuses on international litigation and arbitration across the full range of corporate, commercial, financial services and regulatory matters.

Patrick has represented and acted for public and private entities across a broad spectrum of commercial and regulated activity. He has significant experience in multi-jurisdiction commercial litigation, in administrative, regulatory and investigations law, in insolvency and enforcement matters, in liability and indemnity aspects of complex construction and insurance disputes, and in comparative constitutional and administrative law.

Formerly a Legal Advisor at the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, and former Lecturer in Law, University College Galway, Ireland, Patrick also previously worked as a legal advisor at the Law Reform Commission of Ireland and at the European Parliament, Luxembourg.

With significant comparative law experience in contentious matters, including in the UK, Spain, France and the UAE, he has advised, represented and acted in important landmark cases in Ireland and before the DIFC Courts and the Court of Justice of the European Union.

A CEDR accredited mediator since 2009, Patrick is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Patrick is a former Editor and Member of the Editorial Board of the Bar Review (Ireland) and contributes to conferences and seminars and has written and published on commercial and administrative law.


Patrick Dillon-Malone S.C
Patrick Dillon-Malone S.C Senior Counsel – International Litigation
Al Tamimi & Co
Keith Hutchinson
Partner
Clyde & Co (Dubai)

Keith is a Dispute Resolution partner in Clyde & Co's Dubai office, where he has worked since joining the firm's MEA offices from the London office in 2007. He began his career with Clyde & Co in London in 2002. Keith handles a wide range of commercial dispute resolution work, with a specialism in trade credit insurance matters (coverage and recoveries) and with a jurisdictional focus on representing clients in commercial litigation before the DIFC Courts (a common law financial free zone in Dubai) - where he has attained advocacy rights to appear as counsel - and in DIFC-LCIA arbitration. Of particular note, Keith has successfully obtained for clients various forms of injunctive relief in the DIFC Courts and the ADGM Courts, including a number of ‘firsts’ as their jurisprudence develops.


Keith Hutchinson
Keith Hutchinson Partner
Clyde & Co (Dubai)
James Tebbs
Partner
Grant Thornton UAE (Dubai)

James is a partner and leads the Forensic Department at Grant Thornton UAE.

He is a highly experienced forensic, anti-fraud and anti-financial crime professional with 20 years' experience in professional practice in the UK and Middle East. Based in Dubai, he joined Grant Thornton after 18 years with a Big 4 firm both in the UK and the Middle East, latterly as ME regional head of financial crime.

James has led numerous complex assignments covering financial crime, fraud risk assessment, fraud investigation, dispute resolutions, corporate intelligence and digital forensics (including e-Discovery and data analytics). His experience covers most industry sectors, particularly including financial services, government, construction, energy/oil and gas, healthcare, telecoms, family businesses, retail and consumer.

James also regularly presents at industry events and seminars on a range of topics.


James Tebbs
James Tebbs Partner
Grant Thornton UAE (Dubai)
Jeremy Ingham
Partner
Trowers & Hamlin (Bahrain)

Jeremy is the Resident Managing Partner of the firm's Bahrain office, and head of Trowers & Hamlins’ International banking and finance team.  He worked in Bahrain between 2006 – 2014 returning to Manama in 2017.

Jeremy was based in Muscat, Oman with Trowers between 2014 – 2017 as resident managing partner of our Oman office.  He continues to travel to Oman regularly where he assists a wide range of clients.

Jeremy specialises in all areas of corporate banking work acting for banks and other financial institutions as well as corporate borrowers.

He has a growing reputation for assisting financial institutions and large corporates with respect to complex and sensitive internal investigations often involving allegations of fraud and regulatory non-compliance.

Jeremy's main practice area is finance, incorporating Islamic finance in addition to conventional real estate, development, project and acquisition finance. Jeremy also has significant experience of funds, insolvency and in assisting clients with regulatory compliance issues.


Jeremy Ingham
Jeremy Ingham Partner
Trowers & Hamlin (Bahrain)
Ajay Wiltshire
General Counsel
Saffery Champness (Guernsey / Dubai)

Ajay is General Counsel to the Guernsey office and works with the board and senior leadership to provide legal counsel and guidance, including assisting with contentious matters. 

Ajay has advised international entrepreneurial clients throughout his career and has been in private practice and in-house roles in London, Jersey and Guernsey. 

Ajay was an external adviser to Saffery Champness before he joined the firm in 2009 and in 2011 he was recognised as one of the UK’s Top 35 under 35 private client practitioners. 

Ajay is a member of the Private Taxes Committee of the International Bar Association and is a regular panelist at international conferences. He was admitted to the Law Society of England & Wales in 2001.

Since 2018, Ajay divides his time between Guernsey and Dubai, where he is a Director of the firm’s DIFC operation and he travels extensively on behalf of the firm, meeting with professional advisers and assisting with strategic and client management matters.


Ajay Wiltshire
Ajay Wiltshire General Counsel
Saffery Champness (Guernsey / Dubai)
Prashan Patel
Director
Grant Thornton

I am a director in our insolvency and asset recovery team dealing with contentious assignments. I specialise in global asset tracing, recovery, and enforcement, where I use insolvency and civil procedures as powerful tools to recover hidden and misappropriated assets to maximise financial recoveries for stakeholders.

My work typically involves multiple onshore/offshore insolvency appointments – liquidations, bankruptcies, and receiverships – where I coordinate enforcement and asset recovery strategy across multiple jurisdictions, including India, the Middle East, the UK, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, the Offshore Financial Centres, and the US.

I have extensive experience working with Indian and Middle Eastern financial institutions, corporates, and lawyers, in enforcing non-performing loans, judgments, and arbitration awards. I often act on a contingent basis where I share the costs and rewards of recovery.

I have recently been working with Grant Thornton India to help grow and develop its asset recovery and insolvency business in light of recent legislative changes in India. The recovery of assets related to Indian fraud or bad debts outside of the jurisdiction is a particular interest and focus.

Outside of work, I enjoy reading, hiking and spending time outdoors.


Prashan Patel
Prashan Patel Director
Grant Thornton
James Willn
Partner
Reed Smith (Dubai)

James Willn
James Willn Partner
Reed Smith (Dubai)
Benjamin Hopps
Of Counsel
Herbert Smith Freehills (UAE)

Benjamin Hopps
Benjamin Hopps Of Counsel
Herbert Smith Freehills (UAE)
Luke Garrett
Senior Associate
HFW (Dubai)

Luke is a senior associate in the insurance/reinsurance litigation team in Dubai.

Luke regularly advises clients on insurance claims, subrogated recoveries, defence work and coverage issues, largely within the marine, cyber, property and liability insurance areas. He regularly acts in international arbitrations, complex litigation in the English High Court and the DIFC Court, as well as assisting with and supervising local court litigation.

Luke also has experience of handling regulatory and dispute resolution work for the aerospace sector as well as advising on liability claims from warehousing and the carriage of goods by sea or road.

Luke is qualified in England and Wales.


Luke Garrett
Luke Garrett Senior Associate
HFW (Dubai)
Brian Lacy
Partner
Ogier (BVI)

Brian Lacy
Brian Lacy Partner
Ogier (BVI)
Benjamin Jones
Senior Associate
Al Tamimi & Co (UAE)

Ben is a Senior Associate in the regional Financial Crime Practice of Al Tamimi & Company and based in the DIFC, Dubai.

Ben is a U.K. qualified lawyer and has extensive experience advising on cross-border white-collar crime matters, having acted on a number of notable regulatory investigations (led by the Serious Fraud Office, Financial Conduct Authority, Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission), as well as undertaking internal investigations for clients across various sectors, covering, bribery and corruption, money laundering, fraud and sanctions violations.

Furthermore, Ben regularly act for clients in criminal proceedings in both the UAE and throughout the MENA region, defending extradition proceedings and dealing with Mutual Legal Assistance and Interpol matters. As part of his practice, he also assist clients across a range of sectors on their sanctions, anti-money laundering and anti-bribery compliance frameworks.

Prior to joining Al Tamimi & Company, Ben worked within a number of leading U.K and U.S. law firms, as well as holding an in-house position within a global investment bank. He is also a member of the England and Wales Law Society and Young Fraud Lawyers Association.


Benjamin Jones
Benjamin Jones Senior Associate
Al Tamimi & Co (UAE)

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