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Project Financing Legal Advice on Strategic Financing Structures


Our Project Finance Team provides exceptional guidance to clients on structuring their project finance and ensuring compliance with agreed upon terms and conditions. We assist with the planning, negotiation and implementation of structured finance for projects throughout the Middle East region.

Types of Project Finance

project finance

is Project finance right for you?

Free zones operate under general commercial laws, excluding Federal Law No. 2 of 2015. Businesses must also follow specific laws related to their activities, covering areas such as terms of practice, property rights, QHSE, and free zone authority regulations.

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trade finance

What laws govern free-zone companies?

The legal framework for free zones is primarily based on general commercial laws, with the exception of Federal Law No. 2 of 2015. Businesses operating in the free zones must also comply with specific laws relevant to their business activities, including terms of practice, property rights, QHSE compliance, and free zone authority regulations.

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corporate finance

What is the law on Bankruptcy in UAE?

The Federal Law No. 9 of 2016 on Bankruptcy provides a comprehensive set of provisions for resolving insolvency and bankruptcy cases in a timely and effective manner. It aims to promote a favorable business environment and protect the rights of creditors, debtors, and other stakeholders involved in insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings.

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venture capital

What law regulates the mainland companies

The UAE Federal Law No. 2 of 2015 governs commercial companies, excluding those excluded by cabinet resolution, government-owned companies, and oil companies with government holdings of 25%.

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Our clients are local, international & global


We serve a diverse range of clients, including individual investors, local, international, and Fortune 500 companies. Our lawyers provide equal attention and dedication to all clients, regardless of size or background. Every case is given the necessary time and effort to ensure successful outcomes.


Project Finance & Investment Team

A brief introduction about Finance Team

At Al Safar and Partners, we specialize in the legal aspects of running a business or corporation. Our lawyers are experienced in all aspects of commercial law, including company structure and shareholding changes, mergers and acquisitions, contract law, and consumer protection. We also have expertise in competition law, intellectual property law, employment law, dispute resolution, and unfair competition law. Our goal is to provide comprehensive support to our corporate and business clients, ensuring that all legal matters are carefully managed and represented.

we assist clients in establishing their companies and corporate entities in various locations in the UAE and internationally. Our team provides professional advice on meeting the stringent UAE and international compliance regulations. We offer expert legal services for shareholdings and distribution, mergers and acquisitions, and modifications to company structure. Our lawyers are also experienced in handling bankruptcy-related legal matters. With some of the best lawyers in Dubai, we have the capacity to effectively represent our clients in all jurisdictions.


At Al Safar and Partners, we serve a diverse range of corporate clients across all emirates in the UAE. Our lawyers are well-equipped to handle cases in Dubai Courts as well as in other jurisdictions, including the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), a free zone with its own laws.

We provide comprehensive support for clients looking to establish their companies and corporate entities in the UAE and abroad. Our team offers expert advice on meeting strict UAE and international compliance regulations and provides legal services for shareholdings and distribution, mergers and acquisitions, and company structure modifications. We also offer our expertise in bankruptcy-related legal matters. With a team of highly experienced lawyers in Dubai, we have the ability to represent clients in all jurisdictions.

Dr. Ahmed Hatem, partner at Al Safar & Partners heading the corporate commercial practice groups for the firm. Based in Dubai, Dr. Hatem works with clients globally and advises commercial entities on capital markets, mergers & acquisitions, international arbitration and cross-border contracts and transactions. With global legal experience, Dr. Hatem has established a solid footprint in New York, Cairo, Qatar, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Dr. Hatem has a diverse background in both government and corporate law, having served as a legal advisor to the Qatari Minister of Economy and the Qatar Financial Markets Authority (QFMA). He has also held the position of head of legal capacity building projects in the Middle Asia Area for the United Nations. With over a decade of experience leading legal departments for large investment groups, Dr. Hatem has served as the chief legal advisor for YAS Holding and ARTOC Group, both of which have numerous subsidiary companies worldwide. Prior to this, he was the head of the corporate and commercial departments for Lalive, a top-tier international law firm in Egypt.

  1. Kavitha Panicker – Managing Partner
  2. Dr. Ahmed Hatem – Partner
  3. Jason H. Kim – Partner
  4. Adnan Yosuf – Head of Finance

Dr. Ahmed Hatem is a partner at Al Safar & Partners and leads the firm’s Project Finance & Investments Department.

"My mission is to offer corporations and small businesses with legal support that leads to a positive impact on their daily operations, ultimately providing a strategic advantage."


We use the latest technology to maintain quality and international experience to lead our work. Here are some of our services for corporate matters:

The essential services we provide  enable our clients to accomplish their real estate needs in one place.

Our Legal Consultants frequently help our clients to set up new companies and corporate entities in the UAE and abroad. They have a comprehensive understanding of corporate law so that our clients follow all legal procedures to establish their companies. The assistance we provide ranges from choosing a legal title to functioning in compliance with all corporate law regulations. In addition, our Law Firm extends flawless legal services in setting up not only local businesses but also international companies.

Bankruptcy is a tough time for any corporation. Therefore, it is our aim to make such legal issues as smooth as possible for our clients. For all bankruptcy-related Court proceedings, we provide complete assistance and representation to our clients. In case of the dissolution of corporate partnerships, we assist our clients with the distribution of assets and other partnership matters.

We provide complete due diligience on the status of a property prior to the sale transaction. We look for legal standing and compliance issues as a part of our report.

We can assist in rental disputes at every level pre or post litigation.

Our services for Commercial Litigation:

Once at litigation stage it is crucial that your legal team have the experience and knowledge of the UAE Laws, with 39 years experience we confidently represent and provide the following services:

  • Drafting pleadings,
  • Representing in court of first instance , appeals, and high court,
  • Representing clients in all 7 emirates of the U.A.E.

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AL Safar & Partners is one the very rare law firms in the U.A.E. certified for quality management, we work hard to keep improving our internal processes & Quality.

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Experience on the subject of Corporate Law is in the thousands of cases over the long career of 20 years.

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Consultations can be at our Dubai office, on phone, or by Zoom. Emergency support by other staff is available.

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