Mohammed R Alsuwaidi
“Very responsive and never fails to make himself available for you”.
Source: Chambers 2011.
Practice:Oil and Gas, Criminal, Civil, and Commercial Litigation, Banking, Construction, Real Estate and Intellectual Property, local and international Arbitration, acting both as counsel and as an arbitrator.
Experience: He was admitted to all Courts of the UAE in 1986 and founded Al Suwaidi and Company in 1996.
Previously, Mohammed was the Head of the Legal Department of Emirates General Petroleum Corporation. He was Vice Chairman of the Jurist Association in the UAE, was President of the Organization of Young Arab Lawyers and was Deputy Chairman of the UAE Jurists Association. He has been appointed as an arbitrator on more than 60 arbitrations to date. He is also called upon as a UAE law expert on international arbitrations.He is also a licensed arbitrator in the International Islamic Center for Reconciliation and Arbitration.
Vice President of Dubai Swiss Business Council
Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee of Ajman Commercial Conciliation and Arbitration Center (Ajman Chamber of Commerce)
Steering Committee of ICC – UAE – Commission on Arbitration
The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) UAE branch
Islamic Lawyers Association
Arbitration Council in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
UAE Bar Association
American Bar Association
Associate member of Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC)
A former member of the Board of Directors of the Human Rights Association in the UAE
Education: Masters of Laws (LLM), Boston University; Bachelors of Law (LLB) UAE University
Languages: Arabic, English.
partner – Sr. Advocate
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
Robert Sliwinski is a Barrister, Chartered Arbitrator, Accredited Adjudicator and Mediator, Quantity Surveyor and Dispute Board Member. Robert is registered to handle all matters before the DIFC courts (Parts I & II)
Robert has over 35 years experience of the construction industry with particular emphasis on all forms of alternative dispute resolution. Robert specialises in all aspects of the property and construction representing parties as well as undertaking appointments as arbitrator, adjudicator, expert determiner, mediator and dispute board member.
As counsel Robert has represented clients in litigation within court system up to and including the Court of Appeal and in domestic and international arbitrations. Cases undertaken by Robert include legal and contractual interpretation, construction and engineering contracts, tort, development agreements and professional negligence. In a recent case heard by the High Court in London Robert was able to successfully argue that a construction company that was ‘balance sheet’ insolvent was solvent as defined by the Insolvency Act 1986.
As an arbitrator Robert has been involved in matters concerning professional negligence, property, landlord & tenant, delay analysis, costs, variations, defects, interpretation of contracts, repudiation, and many other aspects of contract in the areas of building, civil engineering, mechanical & electrical, waste water treatment and process engineering. He has most recently been joint arbitrator on a multi-million dollar case between a joint venture contractor and national government in a dispute involving the construction of an airport runway and as a member of an ICC panel arbitration also between a joint venture and a national government involving the construction of a major road project.
Robert has received over 400 appointments from the CIArb, CIC, AICA, CEDR, RICS and directly by the parties to act as the adjudicator. Robert’s has also worked as an expert determiner and mediator covering a wide range of issues within the arenas of construction and engineering, professional negligence, contract, development agreements and landlord & tenant.
Robert works closely with the parties and their experts allowing his clients to understand each decision made and the effect on the overall dispute and process being employed. Robert believes that an informed client makes the best choices in furtherance of matter under consideration or of the dispute that is being pursued/defended.
Licenses, Memberships, and Panels
- DIFC – LCIA
- DIFC Courts
- Dubai International Arbitration Centre
- International Chamber of Commerce (UAE)
- Saudi Centre for Commercial Arbitration
- ArbDB Chambers in London
- The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
- The Honourable Society of Middle Temple
- The Construction Industry Council
- The Law Society (2004 to 2010)
- Asian International Arbitration Centre
- Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
- Federation Internationale des Ingenieurs-Conseils International (FIDIC)
- Technology and Construction Bar Association
- UK Adjudicators
- Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (1987 to 2018)
- Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture & Commerce
- Dispute Resolution Board Foundation
- Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR)
- London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
Saeed Al Hosani
Experience: Saeed is a UAE national lawyer and is licensed to practice in all courts in the UAE. He handles a variety of civil, commercial, corporate and maritime litigation as well as insurance, banking and rental disputes.
Prior to joining Alsuwaidi & Company, he is a Brigadier (retired) of – United Arab Emirates-Ministry of Interior- Ajman Police General Headquarters (1981-2017) and held the following positions:-
Director of General Department of Anti Narcotic (2011-2015).
Director of Overall Department of Police Stations (2005-2011).
Director of Criminal Investigation Department (2004-2005).
Head of Criminal Investigation Department (2000-2004).
Head of Criminal Evidence Department (1995-2000).
Director of Inspection Branch of Traffic Department (1990-1995).
Director of Madina Police Station (1989-1990).
Director of Licensing of vehicles and Drivers Branch of Traffic Department (1988-1989).
Head of the Permanent Disciplinary Board- Ajman Police General Headquarters (2013-2015).
Vice-Chairman of Rental Dispute Resolution Committee-Ajman (2007-2009).
Secretary of Ajman Cultural Sporting Club (2005-2006).
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Literature/History, Beirut Arab University, Lebanon (1988); Bachelor of Laws, Dubai Police Academy (2001).
Languages: Arabic, English.
Saeed Al Suwaidi
Experience: As an Emirati National lawyer, Saeed has rights of audience before all the UAE Courts. Saeed has very good experience in litigation and dispute resolution in the UAE
He specializes in civil, commercial, criminal and maritime litigation. He has also worked on cases relating to construction, insurance, banking, and rental disputes.
Education: LLB from Science & Technology University of Ajman
Languages: Arabic, English.
Amal Al Ameri
Experience: Amal is a UAE national lawyer and is licensed to practice in all courts in the UAE. With her exceptional knowledge in legislation, she specialises in civil, commercial, criminal and maritime litigation. She has also worked on cases relating to insurance, banking and rental disputes.
Education: Bachelor of Shariah & Laws, UAE University.
Languages: Arabic, English.
Experience: Noora is a UAE national lawyer and is licensed to practice in all courts in the UAE. With her exceptional knowledge in legislation, she specializes in personal status, civil and commercial litigation. She has also worked on cases relating to banking, construction and employment.
Education: LLB, Bachelor of Sharia & Laws, University of Sharjah.
Languages: Arabic, English.
“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, Malayalam and English.
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.
Experience: Mohammed is qualified as a lawyer in Mauritania and he has joined Al Suwaidi & Company in 2000.
Practices:He handles a variety of civil,commercial,real estate, and criminal litigation including insurance (medical negligence, maritime and air transport,life insurance etc.), construction,labor and rental disputes.
He has also handled intellectual property disputes and arbitration. Mohammed also advises in various areas of commercial transactions.
Education: LLB from Mauritanian University
Memberships: Mauritanian Bar.
Languages:Arabic, French and English.
Experience: Fuad has qualified from the Arab Beirut University,Lebanon in 1995 and has more than 16 years of professional experience in legal industry.
Practice: Fuad has vast experience of advising clients on various legal matters related to civil, commercial, labor and intellectual property. He is also engaged in dispute resolutions and provide advice on various commercial employment and IP issues.
Fuad has represented and advised clients such as Casio Computer Company Ltd, Panasonic Corp., Reemtsma Cigarettenfabriken Gmbh, Eaton Corporation in various legal matters.
Languages: Arabic, English
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.
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.
Practice: Mohamed Almahi focuses his practice on Litigation and Arbitration.
Experience: Mohamed Almahi is a legal professional and has accumulated extensive experience over a period of practice of 22 years. He has occupied the position of a Partner at the Sudanese Bar Association and has been with Al Suwaidi & Company as an Associate since 2016.
Education: Mr. Almahi has Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from The University of Khartoum, Sudan and Master of Laws (Master in Commercial Law, LLM) from The University of Juba, Sudan.
He was admitted to Sudanese Legal Bar in 1994 and the Higher Court and Supreme court in 2002.
Languages: Mr. Almahi is fluent in both English and Arabic.
Practice: Islamic Banking and Finance, Litigation, Corporate and Commercial, Employment
Experience: Ayman has been involved in Islamic Finance since 1999.
He has an in-depth understanding of the Sharia issues that have driven and continue to drive the Islamic Finance.
He also had an extensive experience in dealing with a wide range of Islamic Finance products including both the retail and corporate sectors and covering UAE, GCC and international transactions. He handled actual structuring of products as well as drafting documents in both English and Arabic.
Moreover, he has many years of experience in dealing with litigation matters and local advocates not only in the UAE but also in Oman, Saudi Arabia and Sudan. He follows very carefully various Dubai court proceedings that may re-characterize Islamic finance Ijaras.
Ayman has much experience in dealing with a range of legal matters that relate to the day to day operations of the bank, such as opening of accounts for individual and corporate bodies, identifying their respective authorized signatories, letters of guarantee and credit, advising corporate on documents for structured and customized Sharia-compliant products, agreements between EIB and service-providers and agreements with developers of freehold properties, contractors, etc.
Vida Grace Serrano
“I worked closely with Vida on a complex and difficult investment dispute.In a very short period of time she developed a creative solution that was acceptable to all parties involved. Vida’s critical analysis and insightful were key to the successful resolution of what could have been a very lengthy and costly dispute.”
Christopher H.Young,Chief Financial Officer,First Pacific Company, HK.
Practice: Corporate,Commercial,Civil,Arbitration,Employment and Real Estate
Experience: Vida brings international experience working with a range of clients from real estate, oil and gas,financial services,regional family offices,large multinationals and private individuals.
Her legal expertise, a result of legal practice and training in the United States, the Middle East and Asia,allows her to provide effective, bespoke legal advice and support to our clients whether here in the UAE or abroad.
Education: Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, USA – Master of Laws (LLM) (2013 – Recipient of the Dean’s Merit Scholarship); San Bed a College of Law(2008), College of Law – Bachelor of Laws (2003-2008 Admitted to the Philippine Bar, May 2009; Placed in top 5% of newly admitted lawyers) De La Salle University Manila – BSc in Business Management (2001 – Graduated with Honors), Simon Fraser University – Exchange Program (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) and Member of the Philippine Bar Association
Languages: English, Filipino
Practice: Corporate, M&A, Employment, Real Estate, Civil and Commercial Litigation and Arbitration.
Experience: Lailani has significant experience in corporate work including corporate governance and compliance. She has handled due diligence audits preparatory to corporate mergers and acquisitions and shareholding planning and restructuring. She is also well-versed in civil and commercial litigation in the UAE as well as in international commercial arbitration.
Memberships: Integrated Bar of the Philippines; DIAC 40 – Young Practitioners Group; Inter Pacific Bar Association (IPBA).
Education: Ateneo de Manila University, School of Law (Juris Doctor, 2006); University of the Philippines (Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration, 2001)
Other Education / Training: Various legal and arbitration trainings in Dubai and Manila
Languages: English and Filipino.
Experience: Ghassan has over 20 years (Al Suwaidi offices) extensive experience in commercial and criminal ligation.He enjoys excellent experience in courts rules and procedures in the UAE Courts.
Education: LLB from the University of Damascus.
Languages: Arabic, English.
Practice: Civil and Commercial Litigation
Experience: Ibrahim handles cases in insurance, medical malpractice, employment, banking, construction, and shipping. He was a legal consultant for banks, representing the bank before courts and government, negotiating and drafting legal documents and contracts, overseeing insolvency cases of the clients of the bank, guiding managers in the compliance matters and custody, supervising external bank lawyers and administrating legal training workshops as a certified legal trainer.
Education: Bachelor of Law (LLB) (2011), Damascus University, Faculty of Law
Membership: Syrian Bar Association, Damascus Branch
Languages: Arabic (Native), English (Advanced), French (Intermediate), Greek (Basic)
Vivian Ch’ng Meiying
Practice: Maritime and International Trade, International Arbitration, Commercial (Contentious & Non-contentious)
Experience: Vivian is a common law qualified litigation lawyer. Prior to joining Al Suwaidi & Company, she had advised on diversified legal cases including, amongst others, general commercial disputes, intellectual property disputes concerning the validity of industrial designs and infringement of trademarks involving international brands when she was attached to a reputable IP firm in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She had also advised on the application of interlocutory processes including that of execution of court decrees.
Leveraging on the experiences gained in dispute resolution practice and training from a common law system, Vivian currently works on maritime matters (contentious and non-contentious), including maritime arbitration where she is able to offer comprehensive legal perspective to divergent factual matrices.
LL.B (Hons.) University of London, 2016
Certificate of Legal Practice, Legal Profession Qualifying Board of Malaysia, 2017
Currently undertaking LL.M. in International Maritime Law, World Maritime University
Admitted as Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya, 2018
Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ACIArb)
Member of the Young Practitioners’ Group of Asian International Arbitration Centre (YPG AIAC)
Languages: English, Mandarin, Bahasa Melayu
Practice: Civil and Commercial Litigation.
Experience: Rohan is a common law qualified dispute resolution lawyer. His experience to date is a repertoire of different legal cases such as Employment, Construction general commercial disputes, and various execution processes.
He handles the following duties:
• Assist Senior Legal Associates in civil and commercial litigation and matters, as well as providing general administrative support;
• Drafting and reviewing various legal contracts, communications, and ancillary documentation;
• Prepare legal opinions on various commercial contracts and issues
• Conducting legal and documentary research, inventory and indexing for newly acquired as well as on-going cases and all other work-related aspects within the team;
• Preparing legal and incorporation documents such as PoA, ToE, MoA/AoA, LOI, Legal notices, and proposals.
• Opening and maintaining new case files, as well as following up client accounts and updating clients;
Rohan had Various legal and arbitration trainings in the United Kingdom and Dubai.
Languages: English, Farsi