Asim Ahmed

Dubai, UAE

T. +971 4 528 5555

Asim is a Partner and the Head of the Litigation Department, based in our Dubai office.

Asim has vast knowledge of legal systems in the GCC and MEA regions, and specifically a vast experience of both the UAE and Sudanese Court systems and their applicable laws. Asim provides succinct, pragmatic and commercial legal advice to his clients and delivers clear-cut solutions to their problems. His expertise spans civil, criminal, maritime, insurance, commercial, employment and telecommunications matters and Asim has a particular interest in real estate.

Asim’s valid and incisive arguments raised before the UAE Courts have been instrumental in the implementation of legal principles and doctrines, most of which were ultimately elevated to court precedents binding on lower Courts and generating practicable convention within the domestic litigation community. Asim regularly handles arbitrations and acts for clients in the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) in addition to other forums of alternative dispute resolution.

Asim has been practicing for almost 25 years. Asim commenced his career back when he obtained his license from the Sudan Bar Association in 1992 and enjoys rights of audience before the superior and lower Courts in Sudan. In addition to this, Asim is licensed by the Chief of Justice in Sudan to act as a Commissioner for Oaths, drafting contracts and agreements, authenticating and attesting the execution of documents and signatures and administering oaths.

In the year 2000, Asim moved to the GCC region in order to diversify his litigation experience before the GCC Courts, exposing him to the rare versatility that comes with representing multinational and local clients through a well-honed bilingual Arabic-English fluency.

Areas of expertise
  • Banking & Finance
  • Cyber security & data protection
  • Employment
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Construction and Engineering
  • Energy
  • Leisure & Hospitality
Highlights of experience
  • Advising a piling & foundation contracting company on a shareholders dispute wherein an investment group initiated proceedings claiming the amount of AED 60 million being the alleged liabilities of the company for shares bought.
  • Defending proceedings against a private equity organization initiated by an individual claiming the amount of AED 25 million representing her commission for acting as an agent in the sale of a property.
  • Advising a FTSE 100 re-insurance company in connection with a multi-million dollar dispute for the value of AED 22 million involving a UAE based insurance company stemming from the Egyptian uprising in early 2011.
  • Defending and counterclaiming proceedings filed by a Petroleum company in relation to compensation for unlawful termination of 6 oil services related contracts for Abu Musa Island, where a signed MOU between Iran and the UAE potentially exposing an oil & gas equipment & services company to the risk of being in breach of US sanctions.
  • Representing a luxury fashion house in relation to an illegal termination of an exclusive distributorship agreement.
  • Advising Eternity Medicine Institute in a claim lodged through Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) by three investors who sought to nullify a Share Purchase Agreement, which they argued they were fraudulently induced into entering.
  • Pursued current litigation proceedings commenced by the terminated subcontractors and assist Kleindienst form regain control from the subcontractors of the construction site at a remote part of Dubai’s territorial waters, following approaches to the public prosecutor and the police. We are also defending court proceedings and aiming to divert the dispute resolution process onto contractually agreed arbitration.This matter is important because it relates to a high profile, unusual and ambitious
  • Legal opinion on local unregulated entities claiming interest on the loan, recovering debts, in addition to pursuing criminal proceedings against various real estate developers.
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