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Vivian Ch’ng
Vivian Ch’ng
Associate
Vivian Ch’ng
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Specialty Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Corporate & Commercial, Arbitration, Maritime & International Trade disputes
Sector Education, Aviation, Maritime & Shipping
Associate

Vivian Ch’ng

Associate
Arbitration, Maritime & International Trade

Vivian is a dispute resolution lawyer with specialism in shipping and  international trade, Litigation and Arbitration. She is a memebr of CIArb.

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Dubai

Experience

Vivian is an experienced dispute resolution lawyer specialising in Maritime & International Trade and Arbitration. She  advises international clients on the UAE court procedures for inter alia, ship arrests and execution of judicial ship sale in cross-border disputes. She also works on arbitrations submitted before arbitration institutions in the UAE such as the Dubai International Arbitration Centre which typically involves multinational companies.

Her dispute resolution experience is international having worked in Malaysia prior to joining Al Suwaidi & Company in the United Arab Emirates.

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Vivian is working towards a a PGDip in International Maritime Law, from the World Maritime University which she began in 2019. She obtained a Certificate of Legal Practice, from the Legal Profession Qualifying Board of Malaysia in  2017, and a LLB (Hons) from the University of London in 2016.

Vivian is fluent in English and Malay.

Vivian’s memberships include:

Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya, Malaysia, since 2018

Certified member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), since 2020

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Rohan Smith
Rohan Smith
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Rohan Smith
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Specialty Corporate & Commercial, Arbitration
Sector Education, Healthcare, Oil & Gas, Real Estate, Telecommunications & Technology, Aviation, Engineering & Construction, Hospitality, Retail & Consumer Goods
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Rohan Smith

Paralegal
Civil and Commercial Litigation

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.

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Dubai

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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.

Rohan assists Senior Legal Associates in civil and commercial litigation and matters, as well as providing general administrative support. He draftsi and reviews legal contracts, communications, and ancillary documentation, prepares legal opinions on various commercial contracts and conducts 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. Rohan prepares incorporation documents such as PoA, ToE, MoA/AoA, LOI, Legal notices, and proposals, as well as opens and maintains new case files.

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Rohan is credited with a Masters in Laws (LLM) from Northumbria University, UK.

Rohan is fluent in English and Farsi.

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Ibrahim Jaroura
Ibrahim Jaroura
Associate
Ibrahim Jaroura
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Specialty Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Employment, Construction Disputes, Insurance Disputes, Commercial Disputes, Real Estate
Sector Education, Healthcare, Insurance, Real Estate, Telecommunications & Technology, Aviation
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Ibrahim Jarjoura

Associate
Civil and Commercial Litigation

Ibrahim Jarjoura has over 8 years experience representing client interests in civil. commercial, employment, and rental disputes. He operates across sector and is a member of the Insurance sector group.

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Abu Dhabi

Experience

Ibrahim Jarjoura has over 8 years experience representing client interests in civil. commercial, employment, and rental disputes. He operates across sector and is a member of the Insurance sector group.  

Ibrahim  handles all  insurance litigation matters related medical malpractice, property all risks, fire, cars, marine hull, land and marine cargo, workmen’s compensation against work injuries, construction, contractor’s all risk, and all the related claims concerning the insurance premiums. He also handles disputes related to commercial, employment and rental matters.

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Ibrahim has a  Bachelor of Law (LLB) from the Damascus University Faculty of Law and is a member of the Syrian Bar Association, Damascus Branch. 

Ibrahim is fluent in Arabic and English, and has intermediate competency in French and basic Greek.

Prior to joining Alsuwaidi & Company, Ibrahim was a legal consultant for a leading commercial bank. He represented the banks before courts and government, and negotiated and drafted legal documents and contracts. He oversaw the insolvency cases of the bank’s clients, and  assisted bank managers in compliance and custody matters. He further supervised external bank lawyers and administered legal training workshops as a certified legal trainer.

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Ghassan Hidar
Ghassan Hidar
Associate
Ghassan Hidar
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Specialty Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Construction Disputes, Insurance Disputes, Commercial Disputes, Real Estate
Sector Education, Healthcare, Real Estate, Telecommunications & Technology, Aviation, Family Groups, Engineering & Construction, Hospitality, Retail & Consumer Goods
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Ghassan Hidar

Associate
Civil and Comercial Litigation

Ghassan has been with Alsuwaidi & Company for over 20 years. During that time, he has handled commercial and employment dispute matters and criminal litigation. Ghassan’s defends clients operating across industry sector; including, aviation, healthcare, insurance and construction companies.

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Ajman

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Ghassan has been with Alsuwaidi & Company for over 20 years. During that time, he has handled commercial and employment dispute matters and criminal litigation. Ghassan’s defends clients operating across industry sector; including, aviation, healthcare, insurance and construction companies.

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Ghassan has an LLB from the University of Damascus, and is fluent in both Arabic, English.

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Vida Grace Serrano
Vida Grace Serrano
Associate
Vida Grace Serrano
Cell Phone Corporate and Commercial
Email Employment and Real Estate
Specialty Corporate & Commercial, Arbitration, Employment
Sector Education, Healthcare, Oil & Gas, Real Estate, Telecommunications & Technology, Aviation, Family Groups, Engineering & Construction, Hospitality, Retail & Consumer Goods
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Vida Grace Serrano

Associate
Corporate and Commercial, Employment and Real Estate

Vida advises clients across oil and gas, real estate, financial services, family businesses and multinationals on a range of matters including corporate, labour and employment, criminal and litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution.

 

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Dubai

Experience

Vida has been with Alsuwaidi & Company for over 8 years. During this time, she has established herself  as a reliable, impactful corporate lawyer having advised clients across oil and gas, real estate, financial services, family businesses and multinationals on a range of matters including corporate, labor and employment, criminal and litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution.

Vida has benefited from cross border experience having worked and trained in the United States, the Middle East and Asia. She provides effective, bespoke legal advice and is able to support to clients of the firm based in the UAE or aboard.  

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.

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Vida attended the Benjamin  N. Cardozo School of Law in  New York, USA where she obtained a Master of Laws (LLM) and was awarded the Dean’s Merit Scholarship. She further obtained Bachelor of Laws from the San Beda College (College of Law), in Manilla and was admitted to the Philippine Bar, and was placed in top 5% of newly admitted lawyers. 

Vida holds an undergraduate degree, BSc in Business Management, Graduated with Honors from De La Salle University, Manilla Philippines and attended the Simon Fraser Univeristy in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada  on a student exchange program. 

Vida is fluent in both English, and Tagalog.

Vida is a member of the 40 Young Practitioners Group, Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC 40).

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Christopher H.Young,Chief Financial Officer,First Pacific Company, HK. “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.”

Caroline Levy, Adjunct Professor of Law, Yeshiva University - Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. "Vida Grace is highly professional. At every turn, she uses her impressive research and writing skills to become a passionate advocate."

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Ayman Elnour
Ayman Elnour
Senior Associate
Ayman Elnour
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Specialty Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Islamic Finance, Real Estate
Sector Education, Islamic Finance
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Ayman Elnour

Senior Associate
Islamic Banking and Finance, Litigation, Corporate and Commercial, Employment

Ayman has extensive experience, over 23 years, in dealing with a wide range of Islamic Finance products including both the retail and corporate sectors and covering UAE, GCC and international syndicated transactions. 

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Dubai

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Ayman has extensive experience, over 23 years, in dealing with a wide range of Islamic Finance products including both the retail and corporate sectors and covering UAE, GCC and international syndicated transactions. He has an in-depth understanding of the Sharia issues that have driven and continue to drive Islamic Finance. Ayman deals with litigation matters in the UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Sudan. He maintains a keen interest and remains up to date on developments in the Dubai that may re-characterize Islamic finance Ijaras.

Ayman, has  been involved in the structuring of  Islamic products and drafting the relevant related legal documents in both English and Arabic. 

Prior to joining Alsuwaidi & Company, Ayman established the legal department of three major regional banks. His inhouse expereince has given him insight into what the legal teams at regional banks desire from their external legal counsel, as well as developing his legal banking skills in a mutldimentional way. Ayman advised on and customized Sharia-compliant products, drafting agreements between the banks and service-providers, and  other agreements and documents for the retail and corporate products of the banks. This included matters related to aircraft leasing of a number of Airbus A 380(super jumbo) for Emirates, as well as agreements related to the working capital requirements for leading businesses in Dubai

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Ayman has a LLB honors from the Faculty of law, fUniversity of Khartoum, Sudan. He passed the Sudanese Bar in 1987, and obtained his Legal Profession Practice license in 1989. He was awarded “Top Performer Award”, Emirates Islamic Bank in 2008. 

Ayman is fluent in Arabic and English.

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Ayman is recognised as a Key Lawyer in the Dispute Resolution practice by Legal 500, 2021

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Mohamed Almahi
Mohamed Almahi
Senior Associate
Mohamed Almahi
Cell Phone Arbitration and Litigation
Email Islamic Finance & Banking
Specialty Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Arbitration, Islamic Finance, Commercial Disputes
Sector Education, Oil & Gas, Real Estate, Aviation, Islamic Finance, Family Groups
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Mohamed Almahi

Senior Associate
Islamic Finance & Banking, Arbitration and Litigation

Mohamed has extensive experience in Islamic Banking and Finance. He has been with Alsuwaidi & Company as a Senior Associate since 2016.  

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Mohamed has extensive experience in Islamic Banking and Finance. He is admitted at the Sudanese Bar Association and has been with Alsuwaidi & Company as a Senior Associate since 2016.  

Mohamed has has established strong and long-standing client relationships with a number of leading Islamic banks in the region. He has over 22 years of experience and has dealt with numerous diverse and challenging matters in Islamic Finance; which have included negotiating provisions of complex international and regional transactions a deep understanding of Islamic Sharia principles and typically negotiates provisions in Islamic Finance transactions.

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Mohamed has a 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.

He is fluent in both English and Arabic.

Mohamed is certified as Sharia Advisor and Auditor (C.S.A.A) program and Member of the CSAA fellowship under the auspices of AAOIFI in April 2019

Mohamed was Vice Chairman of the Jurist Association in the UAE, President of the Organization of Young Arab Lawyers and was Deputy Chairman of the UAE Jurists Association.

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Manager at a UAE logistics company “We had a great experience having Mr. Mohamed Osman Almahi as our attorney. He is an efficient, amiable person who well understands his clients’ need. He has the knowledge and experience to resolve the case and achieve a positive outcome for his clients. Truly a professional and brilliant person.

 Head of Litigation of a leading UAE bank “Mr. Almahi from Alsuwaidi law firm team, in my personal views, is one of the most amazing, caring lawyer out there. I have known him as a client. I cannot say enough good things. Honest, reliable, professional, and get the job done”

Head of Legal at a leading UAE bankDuring the last five years, as a Head of Legal Department …, I have assigned many files of delinquent customers, to be filed before courts by Alsuwaidi law firm as one of the Bank’s external lawyers, through their attorney Mr. Almahi, I, from my personal viewpoint, felt very comfortable and he did and still doing a great job at wining our cases, he has a great experience overall having understands his client, very insightful and is an expert in his field.”

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Abdelhak Attalah
Abdelhak Attalah
Senior Associate
Abdelhak Attalah
Cell Phone Arbitration
Email Maritime & Shipping
Specialty Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Arbitration, Commercial Disputes, Maritime & International Trade disputes
Sector Education, Aviation, Maritime & Shipping, Family Groups
Senior Associate

Abdelhak Attalah

Senior Associate
Arbitration, Maritime & Shipping

Abdelhak specializes in international trade, cargo claims, charter-parties, ship arrest, air cargo claims, ship building and conversion, litigation under UAE Law, and international and domestic arbitration. He is a member of the LMAA.

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Dubai

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Started his career in the shipping and logistics sector in 1992, Abdelhak is a seasoned litigator in the UAE who brings to Al Suwaidi extensive experience in handling complex and multifaceted cross-border shipping disputes, especially matters of contentious nature involving cross-border ship finance, cargo claims, charter parties, ship arrest, air cargo claims, shipbuilding and conversion and international trade of commodities.

Abdelhak has particular expertise in the enforcement and recognition of judgments and arbitral awards in the region, often advising on the enforcement of decrees or awards which encroach on multijurisdictional concerns. Abdelhak has a strong track record in handling enforcement of arbitral awards issued by arbitration associations and/or centres such as the LMAA and the LCIA.

Abdelhak’s deep understanding of maritime laws enables him to effectively represent his client's interests while managing their legal and contractual risks in an efficacious manner. He boasts an established network within the maritime and trading community, and often works for and alongside international financial institutions, multinational companies, and international law firms, including those from the magic circle.

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