International Law Firm in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Law Firm OverviewEmirates International Law Firm – EILF was formed in 1996 to service the legal needs of local and international business clients within the United Arab Emirates. Its flagship office in Abu Dhabi is staffed by a team of experienced advocates, legal consultants, and internationally trained lawyers, offering high caliber legal advice regarding the law of the UAE and other member states of the Gulf Co-operation Council.
The two founders of the firm are H.E. Shaikh Fahim Bin Sultan AlQasimi, the former Minister of Supreme Council and AGCC Affairs, the former UAE Minister of Economy & Commerce and the former Secretary General of the Gulf Co-operation Council and Dr. AbdulRahman AlShaikh, a long standing practitioner and professor of law at UAE University School of Law.
EILF’s capabilities extend across the commercial law spectrum, with particular expertise in trade regulation law, joint venture projects, securities, local and international partnerships and agency agreements. The firm also advises on activities related to oil and gas, privatization, financial markets, investment laws and regulations, and the registration and protection of intellectual property rights in the UAE. It provides full representation to clients before the Courts in each of the Emirates, and is capable of handling legal matters in Arabic, English and French. EILF’s clientele includes prominent local and foreign corporations, industries, sovereigns and private individuals.
Languages: Arabic, English and French.
Areas of Law
- Administrative Law
- Admiralty & Maritime
- Agency & Distributorship
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Appellate Practice
- Banking & Finance
- Banking Law
- Business & Industry
- Business Formation
- Business Law
- Civil Litigation
- Commercial Law
- Commercial Litigation
- Computer & Software
- Constitutional Law
- Construction Accidents
- Construction Law
- Corporate Governance
- Corporate Law
- Corporate Litigation
- Criminal Law
- Employee Benefits
- Environmental & Natural Resources
- Environmental Law
- Financial Services Law
- General Practice
- Insurance Defense
- Intellectual Property
- International Arbitration
- International Investments
- International Law
- International Trade
Areas of Law Description
The Emirates International Law Firm serves clients in the following practice areas:
- Business and Corporate Law
The Firm offers comprehensive business and corporate law services, handling and advising on all aspects of UAE and International business transactions and financing and serving as outside legal adviser for all sorts of corporate clients. EILF lawyers negotiate and draft on behalf of clients diverse business agreements, contracts, joint ventures, and other transactional documents in connection with their legal relationship with domestic and international agents, customers, suppliers and distributors.
- Banking & Financial Institutions Law
Banking transactions and financing have grown increasingly important as a means of raising funds for major infrastructure developments and business acquisitions in the United Arab Emirates. EILF’s banking and financial institutions lawyers have been in the forefront and major participants in transactions involving domestic and international lending and financing transactions for banks as well as the customers and also been intimately involved in advising and representing both governmental regulatory authorities and financial institutions in all aspects of regulatory compliance.
- Intellectual Property Law
The Firm has a full-service and specialized IP group of lawyers representing clients in matters of registration and protection of trademarks, copyrights and related industrial property rights. The IP group is led by one of the regions foremost expert with substantial experience in IP practice and interpretation of local regulations related to all aspects of protecting IP ownership rights.
- Administrative Law
EILF have legal consultants and advocates who specialize in administrative laws and regulations and are experienced and capable of handling any administrative disputes or inquiries. Some of the senior EILF’s lawyers have been active committee members, participants and drafters of administrative laws and regulations in the UAE.
- Insurance & Reinsurance Law
The Firm represents a variety of clients in our insurance industry practice, including carriers, reinsurers, holding companies, and individual clients. EILF’s lawyers have substantial litigation experience in representing both sides of the insurance claims or disputes. We also act as private council to various organizations related to the insurance industry.
EILF’s litigation group has developed a reputation for providing high-quality, cost-effective representation in complex litigation matters. EILF lawyers have accumulated a broad spectrum of experience which includes criminal and civil trial representation in the Emirates’ highest Courts and several other international jurisdictions.
- Maritime Law
Maritime law has its roots in the earliest forms of commerce. It is one of the oldest bodies of law which is believed to have originated from the water routes of the Mediterranean Sea. The maritime rules and laws continued to be developed and evolved in response to disputes and problems which arose over the transportation of goods over water.
- Oil & Gas Law
EILF has one of the most experienced, full-service and diverse energy practice group in the region. The Firm provides counsel and assistance to a wide variety of clients in connection with natural gas and crude oil engineering and construction issues, transportation, refining and marketing regulations and agreements, and general practice related to the energy field.
EILF has experience in construction law that is unparalleled in the U.A.E. We provide a full range of services to owners/clients, prime contractors, construction managers, engineers, architects, subcontractors and material suppliers in matters involving breach of contract actions, changes/variations and claims for delay, disruption and loss of productivity.
EILF lawyers have participated in many U.A.E. and international arbitration, including Adnoc group arbitration, as both advocates and as arbitrators. We have thorough knowledge of the U.A.E. laws regarding arbitration, as well as the Rules of Arbitration of the Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Euro Arab Chambers of Commerce.
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
In conjunction with our Arbitration practice group, EILF lawyers are well-versed in the various Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods and techniques including mediation, "mini-trial" and disputes review board. We provide advise on the threshold issue of whether ADR is practicable in light of the nature of the dispute, the position of the opposing party and the objectives of our Client.
- Labor Law
EILF has a solid labor practice section dealing in matters related to labor law issues and litigation, employment termination and benefit issues, and related contractual matters. In addition to providing counseling on matters of employer-employee legal relationships, EILF’s labor section lawyers assist clients on the design and implementation of employee benefit plans, employment contracts, compensation schemes, and amicable resolutions and settlement of termination disputes.
- Constitutional Law
The Firm handles inquiries and provide advice on issues related to the UAE Constitution, including the interplay between commercial activities and the Federal Constitution. EILF lawyers in conjunction with the former members of the judiciary who are of-counsel to the firm provide in depth analysis and solutions to questions of constitutionality and the supremacy and parameters enjoyed by the Federal laws and regulations.
Mr. Hashem Al Hashimi
Civil Litigation, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Family Law, Litigation
Honorable Shaikh Fahim Al Qasimi
Banking and Finance, Business Law, Commercial Law, Trade Investment
Dr. Abdul Al Shaikh
Administrative Law, Appellate Practice, Arbitration, Banking Law, Business Law
Mr. Zahid Ali
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Business Law, Case Law, Commercial Law, Litigation
Mr. John P. McGowan, Jr
Arbitration, Construction Law, Corporate Law, Energy, International Law
Mr. Tareq S. Nabeel
Banking Law, Business Law, Corporate Law, Litigation
Mr. Hamed Rabie
Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Law, Employment, Family Law
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