FIRE Middle East 2024

Bringing together the key regional players in the asset recovery space for the 4th year

In-Person | 10 - 12 November 2024 | Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai

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Regional & international speakers for 2024

Bushra Ahmed
Barrister, Head of Dispute Resolution & Partner
KBH (UAE)

Bushra Ahmed is a highly accomplished and experienced barrister with over 20 years of experience in commercial litigation and international arbitration. She is currently a Partner at KBH, a law firm with offices in the DIFC (Dubai), Bahrain and Kuwait, where she is the Head of Dispute Resolution since 2014, specialising in a wide range of complex commercial, corporate, employment, financial services, and regulatory matters in the United Kingdom and the Middle East. Bushra was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2001 and has since established herself as a reputable and skilled advocate and litigator in the legal community.

Bushra has also been appointed as a presider and co-arbitrator under various arbitration rules and forums, including the ICC, LCIA, DIFC-LCIA, and DIAC, and has handled a wide range of international commercial and construction disputes. She is also a CEDR accredited mediator since 2005.


Bushra Ahmed
Bushra Ahmed Barrister, Head of Dispute Resolution & Partner
KBH (UAE)
James Abbott
Partner
CMS (Dubai)

James is a partner specialising in dispute resolution in the Middle East, with a focus on commercial litigation, insolvency, international arbitration, ADR, regulatory matters, and internal and external investigations, often involving cross-border elements. He boasts 27 years of experience in cross-border dispute resolution and arbitration, with involvement in cases under ICC, UNCITRAL, DIAC, LCIA, ICSID, SIAC, and ADCCAC in locations such as London, Paris, Greece, and the GCC, encompassing infrastructure and financial services disputes.

 

Licensed as an advocate to handle court proceedings before the DIFC Court, he sits as an arbitrator and is recognised as a leading individual in dispute resolution and corporate investigations in Chambers Global and the Legal 500.


James Abbott
James Abbott Partner
CMS (Dubai)
Christian P. Alberti
Chief of ADR and General Counsel
Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration

Christian P. Alberti is the Chief of ADR and General Counsel of the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration (SCCA) and based in Riyadh and Dubai. Prior to joining the SCCA in 2019, he was the Assistant Vice President of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (AAA-ICDR). He taught as Adjunct Professor at New York University School of Law (NYU) on International Arbitration and International Sales Law between 2017 and 2019. He is a Member of the Global Advisory Board of the New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC), a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators as well as a member of various international ADR associations. He is certified to practice law in Germany and New York State.


Christian P. Alberti
Christian P. Alberti Chief of ADR and General Counsel
Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration
Habib Al Mulla
Founder
Habib Al Mulla & Partners (Dubai)

Dr. Habib is one of the UAE’s most highly respected legal authorities. He has over 40 years’ experience in UAE laws. He is a frequent commentator on the legislation and economy of the UAE and is often consulted to draft and advise on Federal and Emirate level laws.

 

Dr. Habib focuses his practice on litigation and arbitration. He was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC). He is also a member of the Board of the Dubai International Chamber.

 

He was the architect of the legal framework establishing the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the first financial free zone in the UAE. Dr. Habib was the first Chairman of the Board of the Dubai Financial Services Authority, which is the regulator of the DIFC and also served as Chairman of its Legislative Committee.

 

Dr. Habib has held numerous government positions over the years, including being a member of the UAE Federal National Council, the federal parliament of the UAE, member of the Legislative Committee, in charge of reviewing federal legislation, member of the Economic Committee, Director and board member of the Supreme Institute of Advanced Legal and Judicial Studies, in charge of training judges and prosecutors in the Emirate of Dubai and Chairman of the UAE Jurists Association.

 

He has published many books and articles on the UAE law and economy, including a two parts book on his life’s work titled “Life’s Harvest”, a definitive selection of his writings on the laws, politics, and economy of the UAE over the last 26 years. He is also a regular commentator in the media and a prominent speaker at many events and conferences within the UAE and internationally.

In recognition of his achievements Chambers awarded him the status of UAE Lifetime Achievement award at Chambers Middle East Awards in 2022

And has been given the title of Senior Statesperson for UAE: Dispute Resolution by Chambers & Partners in 2022

 

Dr. Habib holds an LL.B. in Shari’a and Law from the UAE University, a Master of Law from Harvard Law School, and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. He is fluent in Arabic and English.


Habib Al Mulla
Habib Al Mulla Founder
Habib Al Mulla & Partners (Dubai)
Dr. Ahmad Alkhamees
Managing Partner
Harasani & Alkhamees Law Firm (Saudi Arabia)

Ahmad is a Saudi qualified lawyer, certified arbitrator, and a former judge in Riyadh's General Court.

He holds a B.A in Shari'ah law, Master in Comparative Jurisprudence, LLM in Advance Legal Studies and a PhD in the area of Islamic Finance and Financial Regulation from University of Warwick. He has extensive experience in litigation, arbitration, family business, capital market, Islamic finance, construction and real state law. He has various publications, most important of which is his recent book titled "Creative Compliance in the Islamic finance industry, and "Disputes between Stockbrokers and Investors in The Saudi Capital Market".


 Dr. Ahmad Alkhamees
Dr. Ahmad Alkhamees Managing Partner
Harasani & Alkhamees Law Firm (Saudi Arabia)
Walid Azzam
Partner
Hadef & Partners (UAE)

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 (UAE)
Charlotte Bijlani
Partner & Head of Middle East
Watson Farley & Williams (Dubai)

Charlotte is head of the dubai office and the Middle East Dispute Resolution team.

Charlotte specialises in complex international arbitration and commercial litigation across all of our sector areas including aviation, energy, infrastructure and maritime. She has full rights of audience before both the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) courts and the higher courts of England and Wales.

As part of her practice, Charlotte also regularly assists clients in relation to mediation, expert determinations and managing dispute risk and avoidance. She also has extensive expertise in data protection laws and regulations.

Charlotte regularly sits as an arbitrator (sole, co-arbitrator and Chair) in ad hoc, ICC, LCIA and DIFC-LCIA arbitrations.

She is recognised as a leading dispute resolution and international arbitration lawyer in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by legal directories Legal 500 EMEA and Chambers Global. In 2022, Legal 500 said that she is “a star of the commercial disputes scene in Dubai and the UAE” and Chambers Global described her as an “outstanding lawyer”.


Charlotte Bijlani
Charlotte Bijlani Partner & Head of Middle East
Watson Farley & Williams (Dubai)
Antonia Birt
Partner
Reed Smith (Dubai)

Antonia Birt acts as counsel and advocate in commercial and construction arbitrations for state, national and multi-national clients, with a focus on commercial, distribution, corporate, energy, oil and gas, infrastructure, and engineering disputes. She advises on the full cycle of complex, high-value disputes, from settlement negotiations, mediations, and other alternative dispute resolution methods, to formal dispute resolution proceedings and enforcement. Antonia has represented clients under the major arbitral rules, including the ICC, LCIA, DIFC-LCIA, DIAC, ADCCAC, ICDR and UNCITRAL Rules.

Antonia also acts as arbitrator, having previously sat as sole, presiding or co-arbitrator in ICC, LCIA, DIFC-LCIA and DIAC arbitrations.

Since 2019, Antonia teaches the International Arbitration Practicum to LLM students at the Pantheon Assas University Paris II, UAE. Antonia is a member of the IBA Commercial Arbitration Case Law Sub-Committee responsible for the UAE, having previously co-authored the original and updated editions of the IBA Guide on Arbitration, UAE law chapter. She also acts as co-chair for the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge MENA committee.

Antonia completed an LLM at the University of Cambridge, and is admitted as a Solicitor of England and Wales, Part I and II practitioner of the DIFC Courts, and a foreign practitioner in Dubai, having been based in Dubai for 14 years.


Antonia Birt
Antonia Birt Partner
Reed Smith (Dubai)
Richard Clarke
Partner
Kobre & Kim (Dubai)

Richard Clarke is an English barrister focused on resolving international commercial disputes, typically involving cross-border claims, civil fraud and insolvency. He advises multinational corporations, investors and individuals on the monetization and defence of claims, financial instruments, judgments and arbitral awards. Mr. Clarke often assists clients facing atypical events with the potential to impact the future course their business, including in M&A, joint venture and shareholder disputes.

Mr. Clarke has acted in complex litigation in the High Court and Court of Appeal in London, DIFC Courts, ADGM Courts and Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). His arbitration portfolio includes awards rendered in accordance with major institutions and rules, including ICC, LCIA, DIAC, ICSID, HKIAC, UNCITRAL and LMAA.

He has been based in the Middle East for over eight years, and has been recognized by Chambers & Partners as "a star of the future," and the Legal 500 as having “made a major impact in the region.”


Richard Clarke 1
Richard Clarke Partner
Kobre & Kim (Dubai)
Martin Cubasch
Head of Legal MENA
Binance

Martin Cubasch
Martin Cubasch Head of Legal MENA
Binance
Rebecca Copley
Partner
Eversheds Sutherland (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 Sutherland (Dubai)
Max Davis
Legal Director
Charles Russell Speechlys (Dubai)

Max specialises in complex disputes involving claims of civil fraud and asset recovery for high net worth individuals, entrepreneurs, liquidators and corporates. His practice has a particular focus on digital assets.

 

He was part of the team that acted for the Claimants, at first instance and on appeal, in what the Chief Justice of the DIFC Court described as “one of the first cryptocurrency litigation disputes in the region and one of the few reported cases anywhere in the world which addresses issues such as safe transfer of cryptocurrency between buyer and seller and the obligations owed by a custodian of cryptocurrency”. That case focuses on the misappropriation of 300 Bitcoin and the client’s attempts to recover them. The case also considers interesting questions as to the legal status of different digital assets and the rights that attach to them, the rights and obligations of intermediaries, and the practical differences between the way the modern court system (and the professionals who operate within it) deals with these types of fraud claims. The Court of Appeal heard the case in January this year over three days and judgment is expected later this year.

 

Max is a founder member of the Middle East chapter of the Crypto Fraud and Asset Recovery (CFAAR) network and co-author of the UAE chapter of the Law Review’s Virtual Assets Regulatory Review. He regularly speaks and writes on all aspects of digital asset law and regulation across the Middle East


Max Davis
Max Davis Legal Director
Charles Russell Speechlys (Dubai)
Jennifer Fox
Partner, Cayman Islands
Ogier (Cayman)

Jennifer is the head of the dispute resolution team in the Cayman Islands office. She is recognised in all the leading directories and has been practising in the Cayman Islands since 2009 (and in the BVI since 2008) and has substantial experience of all contentious issues coming before the Cayman Islands courts. Her practice spans all aspects of complex commercial litigation, fraud and asset tracing including crypto disputes, contentious insolvency and restructuring, and contentious private client work


Jennifer Fox
Jennifer Fox Partner, Cayman Islands
Ogier (Cayman)
Marijn Flinterman
Senior Investment Manager, Head of DARP
Omni Bridgeway

Marijn Flinterman is responsible for the recovery and work-out of non-performing loans (NPLs) in connection with the EMEA focused Distressed Asset Recovery Program (DARP). In addition, Marijn works with insolvency practitioners, liquidators and creditors to help them unlock value captured in insolvent companies, by funding the pursuit of claims globally, by funding the estate and/or by purchasing complex claims.

Marijn has extensive expertise in the recovery of complex NPLs across the globe, including in bankruptcy scenarios, court-sanctioned restructurings, wind-downs and fraud cases. He holds a combined experience of more than 15 years as international debt and recovery specialist, both as lawyer (private practice and in-house) and as banker.

Marijn is an officer of the International Bar Association’s Asset Recovery Committee. He regularly speaks on recovery, funding and purchase of complex, cross-border claims, as well as on the application of litigation funding in insolvency scenarios.

Marijn holds an MBA degree from INSEAD France & Singapore (Dean’s List) and a Master’s degree in civil law from Erasmus University Rotterdam. He is fluent in Dutch and English and he understands German, Spanish, as well as basic French.


Marijn Flinterman
Marijn Flinterman Senior Investment Manager, Head of DARP
Omni Bridgeway
Patrick Gearon
Partner, Head of Middle East
Charles Russell Speechlys (UAE)

Patrick is Head of Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's Middle East practice (conducted from offices in Bahrain, Dubai and Qatar). Patrick is also Chair of the Global Markets Group, which co-ordinates the firm's international activities.

He specialises in all areas of dispute resolution with particular emphasis on banking, intellectual property, insolvency, professional negligence and company disputes.

Patrick has conducted litigation and arbitration in Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Italy, France, Ukraine, the USA and in all the GCC states as well as in all the courts within the English jurisdiction.

Patrick leads the award-winning Middle East Disputes team which won the ‘Bahrain Dispute Resolution Law Firm of The Year’ award at the Chambers Middle East Awards 2019. He is also a leading partner in the firm's International Arbitration Group which won the ‘International Arbitration Team of the Year’ award at the Legal Business Awards 2018.

Additionally, Patrick leads the Firm’s successful Bahrain office which won the ‘Bahrain Law Firm of The Year’ award at The Oath Legal Awards in 2018, 2019 and 2022 as well as the Firm’s UAE office which won the ‘UAE Law Firm of The Year’ award at The Oath Legal Awards in 2022 and the Firm’s Qatar office which was awarded ‘Qatar Law Firm of The Year’ at The Oath Legal Awards in 2023.

Patrick is one of the lead partners acting in the administration of Awal Bank B.S.C. which has involved over 75 different litigation and arbitration cases in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the USA and the Cayman Islands.

In addition to acting as Counsel in Arbitrations Patrick also sits as an Arbitrator and is included in the Legal 500 Middle East Arbitration Powerlists 2022 and 2023.

Patrick is admitted to practice in England and Wales and was awarded a CIArb Diploma in International Arbitration in July 2018.

He became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in September 2018.


Patrick Gearon
Patrick Gearon Partner, Head of Middle East
Charles Russell Speechlys (UAE)
Peter Gray
Partner
ADG Legal (Dubai)

Peter is an experienced lawyer and adviser. With over two decades’ experience in resolving complex disputes and advising on white-collar crime matters, Peter is also frequently asked to advise on non-conentious matters. Peter also provides assistance for projects in a number of sectors across Africa.

After graduating from the University of Cambridge, Peter trained at the Bar. In 2000, he commenced his practicing career at LeBoeuf Lamb (later Dewey & LeBoeuf) in the City of London. In 2010 Peter moved to Dubai, where he headed up the regional disputes departments at two international firms, before establishing Kingsgrove Partners in 2015. Seeking to combine deep regional knowledge with an international mindset and provide clients with exceptional UAE legal services, he established ADG with Mohammed Al Dahbashi in 2017.

Much of Peter’s career has been focused on the Middle East and Africa. Whilst a firm believer in using the latest technology to improve processes and communication, Peter recognises that personal relationships are the foundation of business in the region. As such, Peter spends a great deal of time traveling throughout the Middle East and Africa to help clients achieve their goals. Always seeking innovative and proactive solutions for clients, Peter has a reputation for taking the time to understand his clients’ businesses and for being “commercially minded and cost sensitive”.

Peter has served on various committees, including the DIFC Courts Users Committee, Dubai Conservatives (Chairman), CIArb YMG Committee and the British-ChinaLaw Association. He is a long-standing committee member of the Oxford and Cambridge Society in the UAE. He has been published in leading journals and is often a keynote speaker at international conferences (including C5 and the Cambridge Symposium on Economic Crime).

In 2012, Peter helped found the HTC Advice Clinic in Dubai, a free service providing legal, careers and other advice. Together with Mohammed Al Dahbashi, he ensures that ADG remains committed to pro bono work. 


Peter Gray
Peter Gray Partner
ADG Legal (Dubai)
Robin Hickman
Partner, Head of Middle East
Addleshaw Goddard (Dubai)

Robin Hickman is the Head of Region in Addleshaw Goddard for the Middle East.  He has been based in the region for over 15 years and specialises in conventional and Sharia compliant finance and debt restructuring matters and advises local and international banks, government / semi-government entities and blue-chip enterprises across a full spectrum of industries, including construction, infrastructure, energy and utilities, renewables and TMT. Robin has worked on many of the region's largest and most complex financings and high profile debt restructurings and is consistently ranked as a leading lawyer in the Middle East.


Robin Hickman
Robin Hickman Partner, Head of Middle East
Addleshaw Goddard (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
Rita Jaballah
Partner, Head of International Litigation Group
Al Tamimi & Co (UAE)

Rita Jaballah is a Partner in Al Tamimi & Company’s Dispute Resolution practice and leads its International Litigation Group.

Rita has extensive experience of handling complex, high value local and international disputes. Prior to joining Al Tamimi & Company, Rita practised in a leading law firm in Melbourne and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London, where she specialised in large scale and multi-jurisdictional litigation with a particular focus on financial services, regulatory disputes as well as general commercial litigation in the English Courts.

At Al Tamimi & Company, Rita specialises in advising and representing clients with respect to a wide range of commercial and DIFC related disputes and claims with a particular focus on DIFC Courts litigation and regulatory proceedings in the banking and financial services sector. In this regard, Rita has acted for prominent investment banks and financial institutions in a number of high profile and significant disputes in the banking and regulatory arena. She has been involved in the development of the DIFC Courts and currently sits as a member of the DIFC Courts’ Rules Sub-Committee. In addition, Rita advises and represents local and foreign businesses and financial institutions in a wide range of commercial, property, company and banking disputes under UAE, DIFC, English and International law.


Rita Jaballah
Rita Jaballah Partner, Head of International Litigation Group
Al Tamimi & Co (UAE)
Ali Khan
Legal Consultant / Web3 & DeFi Lead
AS Legal Consultants (Dubai)

Ali Khan
Ali Khan Legal Consultant / Web3 & DeFi Lead
AS Legal Consultants (Dubai)
Robert Lewsley
Regional Head of Disputes and Government Investigations Legal (Africa & Middle East)
Standard Chartered Bank

Robert is the Regional Head of Disputes and Government Investigations Legal (Africa & Middle East) at Standard Chartered Bank. He studied law at the London School of Economics (2003, LLB Hons first class), was called to the Bar of England & Wales in 2004, and practised in London before moving to Dubai in 2009. He spent seven years in the disputes team at Al Tamimi & Co., and during his time in private practice handled a number of complex commercial disputes and contentious regulatory matters, appearing regularly before the DIFC Courts and arbitral tribunals as an advocate. He joined Standard Chartered Bank in 2017 and regularly speaks on topics concerning investigations, dispute resolution, and sanctions.


Robert Lewsley
Robert Lewsley Regional Head of Disputes and Government Investigations Legal (Africa & Middle East)
Standard Chartered Bank
Marcelo Lucidi
Partner
DFA Advogados (Brazil)

Marcelo Lucidi is a partner of DFA (Brazil), specialising in cross-border insolvency, asset recovery and distressed M&A. He has experience both in the transactional area, in projects of reorganisation and purchase of publicly and closely held companies, and in commercial litigation with a focus on insolvency. He has advised investors in the purchase of assets of companies in judicial reorganisation or bankruptcy. In the area of international recovery of assets, he advises financial institutions, trustees and a variety of creditors in identifying and recovering assets diverted as a result of bankruptcy fraud as well as fraud in the capital markets.


Marcelo Lucidi
Marcelo Lucidi Partner
DFA Advogados (Brazil)
Sarah Malik
CEO & Founder
SOL International (ADGM)

Sarah Malik is an award-winning lawyer who achieved Litigator of the Year (2022) at the first GCC Women in Law Awards and received an honourable mention as the Law Firm Leader of the Year category at the same awards. She set up SOL, a boutique legal practice in the UAE in 2018. SOL has since become a household name both in the UAE and worldwide, and has been listed as a ‘Firm to Watch in Dispute Resolution’ by Legal 500 EMEA. Sarah is a published author of two legal texts, a visiting lecturer in law, an arbitrator, acts as Counsel in multi-jurisdictional disputes and is an international public speaker who trains governments and judiciaries worldwide. 

Sarah is also retained as personal advisor to UHNW, acts as external GC, and undertakes sports, fashion, and entertainment law.


Sarah Malik
Sarah Malik CEO & Founder
SOL International (ADGM)
Sebina Malik
Consultant Solicitor
Unitas Legal (Dubai)

Sebina graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Degree in 2006 and holds a Postgraduate Qualification from BPP University Law School, in which she attained her Legal Practice Certificate. She began her career at a city law firm in the UK and now works as a Consultant Solicitor in the UAE. 

Sebina has experience in negotiating deals, drafting commercial contracts, litigation, anti-money laundering, data privacy, supports inclusion, diversity and equity, advocates for climate change and regularly speaks on international stages. In her spare time, Sebina undertakes Pro Bono work for The DIFC Courts. One of the highlights of her career was in October 2013 when she was one of the first overseas lawyers to receive the DIFC Pro Bono Access to Justice Award for her contributions to the initiative and received recognition of her charitable work at a time when Pro Bono services were not given much consideration in the Middle East. This created an impact and encouraged hundreds of lawyers in the region to begin contributing a proportion of their time towards charitable work such as this.


Sebina Noreen Malik
Sebina Malik Consultant Solicitor
Unitas Legal (Dubai)
Alex Marine
Head of Enforcement
Deminor

Alex is the head of Enforcement and Asset Recovery at Deminor Litigation Funding, where he helps clients monetise judgments and arbitral awards. Alex has close to 20-years’ experience in tracing and recovering assets misappropriated through economic crime, pursuing recalcitrant debtors, such as high-net-worth individuals and nation states, legal finance and complex cross-border investigations. Alex started his career as a case manager for the UK’s Revenue & Customs Prosecutions Office, Asset Forfeiture Division. In 2006, he was called to the Bar of England & Wales and then worked for leading City of London law firms specialising in complex cross-border commercial disputes. Immediately before joining Deminor, Alex led the disputes practice at a global risk consultancy.


Alex Marine
Alex Marine Head of Enforcement
Deminor
Richard Millett KC
Barrister
Essex Court Chambers

Richard Millett KC has a broad commercial practice covering a variety of different specialist areas, with an emphasis on advocacy in court and in arbitration and other tribunals. He specialises in banking and financial markets, hedge fund and private equity disputes, insurance and reinsurance, insolvency, energy, and media and entertainment. He regularly appears in the Chancery Division, Commercial Court, the Court of Appeal and numerous arbitrations, both in London and overseas.


Richard Millett KC
Richard Millett KC Barrister
Essex Court Chambers
Zoe O'Sullivan KC
Barrister
Serle Court

Zoe O’Sullivan KC is a highly experienced litigation and arbitration practitioner who is regularly instructed in the DIFC Court. She appeared in the recent leading DIFC Court cases of Neal v Nadir (concerning the grant of a freezing order in support of a foreign arbitration), Punjab National Bank v Shetty (holding that the recent amendments to the guarantee provisions of the UAE Banking Code do not apply in the DIFC) and Lateef v Liela (establishing, until reversed by Sandra Holding, that the DIFC Court can grant freezing orders in support of foreign proceedings).  Zoe is recommended in Dispute Resolution (The English Bar - United Arab Emirates) by Chambers Global.   She is also regularly appointed as sole, presiding and co-arbitrator in DIAC, SIAC, LCIA, ICC and HKIAC arbitrations.


Zoe O’Sullivan KC
Zoe O'Sullivan KC Barrister
Serle Court
Rupert Reed KC
Barrister
Serle Court

Formerly Chancery Junior of the Year in London, he has a strong reputation as an advocate and arbitrator in both London and Dubai, with a working knowledge of Arabic and significant experience of UAE and Saudi law. Rupert’s work focuses on high-value disputes in property, commercial, banking, trusts and fraud matters. He has acted in many of the leading DIFC cases since 2010 including FAL Oil v SEWA, Corinth v Barclays, Bocimar v ETA, Vannin v Khorafi, DAMAC v Ward, WCT v Meydan, Sunteck v Grand Valley, Orion Holdings v Al Haj, YYY v ZZZ. He recently led the counsel team that obtained at trial a USD 22 million fraud judgment in favour of the State Bank of Mauritius. Now in silk for 8 years, he has a strong reputation as an advocate and arbitrator in both London and Dubai, with a working knowledge of Arabic and significant experience of UAE and Saudi law. In recent years, Rupert has sat in a number of long-running DIFC-LCIA, LCIA and DIAC arbitrations, with the sums in issue ranging from USD 6 million to 2.5 billion. Rupert is identified in Legal 500 2023 as a leading silk in Commercial Litigation, Banking and Finance and Property Litigation and in Chambers Global and UK 2022 as a leader at the Bar in Commercial, Chancery Commercial and Real Estate Litigation. He is also ranked in Chambers Global as one of the top 3 UK silks working in UAE disputes and by Legal 500 Middle East in Band 1 English Bar. Who’s Who Legal identifies him as a leading global practitioner in Real Estate and Civil Fraud. Legal 500 2021 shared client comments that he was ‘a go to QC for international complex fraud and dispute resolution’, ‘our go to silk for DIFC Court matters – he is pre-eminent in the UAE and DIFC’.


Rupert Reed KC
Rupert Reed KC Barrister
Serle Court
Sara Sheffield
Partner and Head of Offshore Litigation (DIFC & ADGM)
Charles Russell Speechlys (Dubai)

Sara has over 18 years of experience as a commercial disputes, white collar crime and regulatory disputes lawyer between Australia, England & Wales and the UAE, and has been permanently based in the region since 2013.

 

Sara acts in complex, usually cross border, commercial litigation in the DIFC, ADGM and English Courts and onshore UAE Courts, as well as arbitration matters before local and international centres, with a focus on shareholder and partnership, financial service, fraud asset tracing and recovery, contentious insolvency and enforcement matters.

Sara was previously a senior Federal Prosecutor for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions office in Australia and also worked for the Serious Fraud Office in the UK.

 

Sara is one of the few lawyers listed in Who’s Who Legal: Asset recovery consecutively from 2018 to 2024, is a founding member of the Dubai network of the International Women in Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation and is the current Co-Chair of the International Bar Association Asset Recovery Committee.

 

Sara has co authored the UAE chapter for CDR on Fraud, Asset Tracing & Recovery and regularly attends and speaks at global flagship fraud, asset tracing and recovery events and conferences globally.

 

Sara was named the Lexis Nexis Women in Law GCC Private Practice Lawyer of the Year in 2024 and ranked as a Next Generation Partner by Legal 500 EMEA 2024.


Sara Sheffield
Sara Sheffield Partner and Head of Offshore Litigation (DIFC & ADGM)
Charles Russell Speechlys (Dubai)
Nicholas Sharratt
Head of Dispute Resolution, Middle East
Norton Rose Fulbright (Dubai)

Nicholas Sharratt leads the firm's dispute resolution practice in the Middle East where he has been permanently based for over a decade. Nick’s practice focuses on asset recovery, enforcement, arbitration and litigation across EMEA.

Nick services clients across the region, including extensively in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, acting as strategic counsel to some of the region's leading GCs and UHNWI. His practice covers banking and finance, commodities, construction, energy and hospitality. Widely regarded for his exceptional client service and project management skills, Nick is ranked as a leading lawyer in the Legal 500 EMEA and Chambers & Partners Global publications.


Nicholas Sharratt
Nicholas Sharratt Head of Dispute Resolution, Middle East
Norton Rose Fulbright (Dubai)
Souhayel Tayeb
Chief Legal Officer
Commercial Bank of Dubai

Having completed successful spells in the public sector with the Financial Markets Authority of Tunisia, and the legal department of BNP Paribas Tunisia, Dr. Souhayel moved to Paris to be part of the in-house legal team in charge of derivatives transactions of BNP Paribas Corporate and Investment Banking (while simultaneously completing a Ph.D.) in Paris.

Following more than 10 years spent in Paris, Dr. Souhayel Tayeb felt the need to diversify his experience by doing corporate finance and project finance banking transactions and decided that moving to the Middle East in-house legal community would be the best opportunity for this; he therefore moved there in 2012. After one year as Senior Legal Counsel with Mashreqbank, he has been in place at Commercial Bank of Dubai since December 2013.

He has a number of notable project and corporate finance transactions to look back on fondly. He has also successfully managed and completed multiple hedging deals, complex restructuring transactions and recovery actions, all while taking care of the company secretariat and corporate governance aspects.


Dr Souhayel Tayeb
Souhayel Tayeb Chief Legal Officer
Commercial Bank of Dubai
Laura Voda
Partner
Fichte & Co (Dubai)

Prior to joining Fichte & Co., she has worked for few major investment conglomerates in the region and gained valuable experience while heading the corporate and commercial practice of several law firms in Dubai. In her over 17 years career span, she acted across various jurisdictions in the European Union, having a recognized experience in advising high net worth individuals or working at the crossroads of multiple systems of Law. In addition, she has worked for governmental institutions and for intergovernmental organizations as well.

She holds a master’s and a PhD in International Law and has studied in prestigious institutions across Europe and Asia. Laura has a keen interest in niche areas of Law, such as the Law of the Sea, Outer Space Law or in the legal aspects of disruptive technologies such as blockchain or technology, where she is currently specializing.

She is a book author and university lecturer in the field of Law. She is also a habitual contributor to various legal publications and legal training programs.

She is fluent in English, French, Spanish & Romanian.


Laura Voda
Laura Voda Partner
Fichte & Co (Dubai)
David Welford
Partner, Dubai
Ogier

David is Head of Dispute Resolution in the Middle East and Practice Partner of Ogier's Dubai office. He is a barrister with broad experience of commercial and financial disputes, with a focus on cross-border company, trusts, insolvency and restructuring matters. He has extensive advocacy experience at first instance and on appeal


David Welford
David Welford Partner, Dubai
Ogier

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