The highly-rated insurance team has a wealth of expertise in handling a broad range of insurance disputes. We also offer advice from a commercial and legal perspective on specific aspects of the insurance industry, which includes the interpretation and drafting of commercial policies.

In addition, our expertise also covers restructuring of regulatory capital, strategic reinsurance, longevity transactions, M&A and regulatory matters.

On the insurance industry side, we have dedicated ourselves to helping corporate policyholders in insurance and reinsurance disputes by successfully representing insurance companies and brokers in commercial litigation involving employment discrimination, contract, and antitrust disputes. By focusing our litigation practice on different substantive areas for policyholders than for insurers, we are able to represent clients of both types while bringing to bear our unique appreciation for the dynamics of the insurance industry.

Our insurance coverage practice is unique in its trial focus. We identify the most significant issues upfront and focus on developing the facts and law into a clear, persuasive narrative manner. We have always had deep-rooted experience in disputes involving complex, transactional and corporate issues, and underlying liabilities of all types. This experience is what gives us the advantage in helping our clients tackle efficiently and effectively their most complex insurance and reinsurance challenges.

We also advise insurers and investment banks on regulatory capital and liquidity transactions. In addition to advising financial institutions, multinational companies and government bodies, a number of our team have also spent time in the industry as insurance regulators or as underwriters. Our team has the specialist product knowledge you would expect of a market-leading insurance team, coupled with a well-rounded view of the sector to provide our clients with commercially relevant advice in the most efficient manner.

Our combination of courtroom advocacy and the aforementioned experience is second to none. We pursue our clients’ rights aggressively and develop efficient, creative approaches to litigation. Al Suwaidi & Company has achieved success for our clients in insurance disputes at the trial and appellate levels in the United Arab Emirates, in international arbitrations, and in mediations and direct negotiations. Our achievements reflect the ideals of our history, and we remain committed to providing professional client services in all our work.

Insurance Team






Ali Alraeesi

Ali Alraeesi

partner - Sr. Advocate

Practice: Litigation

Experience: Ali Alraeesi is a Partner at Al Suwaidi & Company. He has significant experience on all major areas of law practice in the UAE including Civil Law, Commercial Law and Criminal Law.

As an experienced Emirati lawyer, Ali has rights of audience before all levels of UAE Courts. He has over 12 years’ of experience in litigation and dispute resolution in the UAE representing a wide range of domestic and international clients (companies as well as prominent business individuals ) in contentious matters. Ali has developed extensive expertise in handling cases relative to extradition, cybercrimes, corporate frauds, forgery, breach of trust, theft, money laundering, cheque bounce, harassment, offenses related to drugs, defamation, medical negligence, insurance and rental disputes. Ali has successfully defended in a number of court cases and settlements for various clients, which include government and semi-government entities. He also regularly advises clients in other types of litigation, including intellectual property, corporate and personal status disputes.

Membership: United Arab Emirates Bar Association

Education: Bachelors of Law (LLB), Dubai Police Academy

Languages: Arabic, English

Reda Hegazy

Reda Hegazy

Senior Associate

Reda is recognized by his clients in this region as a “highly effective lawyer in achieving their desired outcomes who is honorable and genuinely collegial with others and his legal advisory work is described as responsive and thorough”.

Source: ACE Audit Control & Expertise Group.

Practice: Criminal, Labor, Civil and Commercial Litigation, Arbitration, Maritime, Insurance, Aviation and Intellectual Property, Corporate & Commercial.

Experience: Reda is highly experienced and well-respected member of the Egyptian Bar since 1993, with an extensive in-depth experience in handling criminal, labor, civil and commercial litigation matters in the UAE having practiced in the region for over 25 years. He has conducted several arbitration cases in the region and is a recognized maritime insurance and intellectual property law expert. Reda’s full legal competencies also include a strong understanding of Sharia Law and the systems of the Courts which he applies in his litigation expertise, legal consultation, contract drafting and review. He has been a key member of the committee which drafted one of the federal housing laws in the UAE. He is also a regular resource person in several local newspapers in the UAE.

Reda is a certified arbitrator at Tahkeem Sharjah International Commercial Arbitration Centre (ICAA), UAE and is a listed member of DIAC 40 – Young Practitioners Group, Dubai, UAE since 2016.

Education: LLB degree from Mansoura University in Egypt; Diploma of Contracts, Menofiya University in Egypt

Languages: Arabic, English.

Suneer Kumar

Suneer Kumar

Senior Associate

“Suneer Kumar has consistently impressed us with his commercial and practical approach to legal advice. We strongly recommend him as reliable and experienced lawyer in the UAE and wider region”.

Practice: Civil and commercial Litigation, Corporate-Commercial, Labor, Maritime and Insurance.

Experience: Suneer provided legal advisory services across corporate, commercial, employment, real estate, personal status and IT legal mandates and services for oil and gas clients. He has also advised various national and international clients on licensing, agency, distributorship and franchise agreements. Suneer has also incorporated more than 250 different types of entities in free zones, onshore and offshore for individuals, multinational corporations and juridical persons as well as advised and carried out restructuring of companies in different jurisdictions, mergers and acquisitions , liquidations of various companies in UAE and also advised UAE Liquidators and Global Liquidators of an International Bank( Under Liquidation) having branches in UAE.

Suneer also advised various prominent and leading family owned companies in UAE with diversified business activities in UAE and outside UAE on employment. He drafted employment contracts and advised various national, multinational companies and employees about UAE labor laws, regulatory frame works and HR Policies and settled many employment disputes and drafted settlement agreements for various multinational companies. Suneer is also a visiting professor at the University of Dubai lecturing on UAE labor law and has conducted various seminars for UAE employment law.

Moreover, Suneer also advised various local and international clients regarding different types of civil obligations in UAE and outside UAE. He has assisted the litigation team on disputes related to sale contracts of movable and immovable freehold properties, lease, plot sale and purchase, master community declaration, mortgage, loans, agency and other civil obligations. He also provided legal opinions for various legal issues to developers of projects and various construction companies with respect to the construction disputes due to breach of contractual obligations, delay in completion of the project, default and delay in payments and assisted legal team to enforce specific performance and recovery of outstanding payments and damages.

Memberships: Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa, Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Education: Chartered Institute of Arbitrator, UK (MCIArb); LL.M (University of London ); LL.M University of Bombay ; LL.B (University of Bombay); B.A (Bachelor of Economics) (University of Calicut )

Other Education / Training: Various seminars and arbitration trainings in UK, Germany and Dubai

Languages: Hindi, English.

Abdelhak Attalah

Abdelhak Attalah

Senior Associate

Practice: Abdelhak specializes in international trade, cargo claims, charter-parties, ship arrest, air cargo claims, ship building and conversion as well as international and domestic arbitration (LMAA, SCMA, ICC, DIAC, DIFC/LCIA) and litigation under UAE Law.

Experience: Abdelhak joined Al Suwaidi & Company in April 2014. Prior to joining Al Suwaidi & Company, he worked at a leading shipping and logistics company as in-house counsel, which led him to acquire strong negotiation skills, market intelligence in shipping industry, effective management of legal and contractual risks and established an excellent network within the maritime and trading community. He has worked with all continents in international business and he is a founding member of the UAE-Algerian Business Council in Dubai, he is member of the board of directors and chair of the working group on transport and logistics.

He is a trilingual Arabic, English and French speaker at international conferences on transport, logistics and maritime arbitration, as well as a regular contributor to different specialized magazines and journals on various related topics.

Memberships:

Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)
Supporting member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA)
Member of the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitrators (SCMA)
Associate member of Dubai International Arbitration Center (DIAC)
Member of theFédération Internationale des Associations des Transitaires et Assimilés (FIATA)
Education: Abdelhak is UK qualified maritime and international trade lawyer he holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Maritime Law with Merit from London Metropolitan University and a LL.M in International Trade Law from the University of Northumbria. His common law qualification was complemented by a civil law practice in Algeria and UAE

Languages: Arabic, English and French.