Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah Sons

Commercial, Corporate, & Oil and Gas Law Firm in Yemen

Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah Sons

Off 14 October Street
Haddah District

Sana'a 2054

Phone+967 1428573 or+44 (0)7742424242

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Law Firm Overview

Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah Sons is based in the city of Aden and is the oldest and most prominent law firm in Yemen. Our firm is also one of the most established law firms in the Middle East as we have served clients from corporations to individuals in all matters of the law since 1927. Specifically, our firm specializes in oil, gas and mining, property and construction, shipping, as well as banking, insurance, and finance. We are experienced in the public sector as well as with company and commercial law and have expertise in both arbitration and litigation.

Throughout its long established history, Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah Sons has gained the respect of the international community and has represented a wide array of embassies and companies, including our representation as legal advisors to the British Embassy for the past 25 years.

With over twelve attorneys, led by Khalid T. Abdullah, Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah Sons has earned a reputation for applying its vast experience and professionally and efficiently handling all legal matters in and around the Middle East.

Year this Office was Established: 1927

Languages: Arabic, English.

Areas of Law

Additional Areas of Law: Mining; Shipping; Free Zone; Investment; Tax; Due Diligence.

Areas of Law Description

Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah Sons offers legal advice on issues related to the following areas of practice:

- Oil, Gas and Mining

The firm currently represents the largest oil producing companies operating in Yemen, and is the exclusive advisors of the first Liquid Natural Gas Project in the country, the largest industrial project in the history of Yemen. Further, the firm is advising a number of mining companies and has proudly drafted the first Exploitation Contract for the first and only mine that recently opened in the country.

- Shipping

Along with being the exclusive legal advisors for a number of Protection and Indemnity Clubs as well as prominent shipping lines operating regularly to the ports of Aden, Hodeidah and Mukallah, the firm also advises the Al-Shihr Marine Oil Terminal and the Belhaf Liquid Natural Gas Terminal. The firm efficiently handled, negotiated and released the M/T Limburg that was subject to an attack off the Al-Shihr Marine Oil Terminal, and has effectively negotiated and settled hundreds of claims and cases including but not limited to cases related to pollution, collation, cargo claims and salvage, to name but a few.

- Free Zone, Investment and Joint Ventures

Our firm has developed strength in advising on all aspects of Investment in Yemen advising both state owned investment companies as well as private sector companies. The firm is the exclusive legal advisor of the state owned Property Development and Investment Company.

- Company and Commercial

The firm provides comprehensive advice to foreign and local companies in connection with establishing a business in Yemen whether through incorporating a company or a branch office, entering in to an agency, distributorship or representative arrangement, or registration of the same.

- Banking, Insurance and Finance

The firm successfully represented a number of leading banks as well as the International Finance Corporation to negotiate and close a number of deals for projects, as well as representing a number of financing entities in litigation against defaulting parties, and foreclosures.

- Property and Construction

Our firm has a strong Land Department that deals with commercial and agricultural property. We are in a position to advise companies of every description, investors, developers, banks and individuals who may be embarking on their first commercial or agricultural property transaction from the inception to the conclusion.

- Due Diligence

Our lengthy legal tradition coupled with our deep knowledge of the economic and political situation in Yemen and our extensive knowledge of the business houses and businessmen in Yemen qualifies us to carry out Due Diligence accurately for Joint Ventures or any form of international activity.

- Arbitration

Our arbitration practice is mostly to advise foreign clients when in dispute with Yemeni Nationals or the Government of the Republic of Yemen and to coordinate with and support foreign counsel in arbitration proceedings abroad. We also advise clients on local arbitrations.

- The Public Sector

Often the foreign private sector finds dealing with the public sector, the central government departments, the local authorities and the civil service a frustrating and exasperating experience. This is known to be typical of Yemen. Our office has a long and diverse history of easing and lessening such frustrations. We understand the sensitivities of decisions in a political context, the exact procedures required to be followed, the right consultation and the need for confidentiality.

- Litigation

Our legal advisors/consultants dealing with the matter are the ones who would appear before the courts along with a junior litigation lawyer. Every member of the firm from the very start of practicing as a lawyer is involved in litigation and continues it throughout his career.


Khalid Abdullah Mr. Khalid T. Abdullah
Admiralty and Maritime, Banking and Finance, Bankruptcy, Commercial Law, Communication



  • The Legal 500
  • International Bar Association
  • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators

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Oil, Gas & Mining
Free Zone, Investment & Joint Ventures
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Banking, Insurance and Finance
Property and Construction
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