MEET THE TEAM

Mr. Omar Al Baloushi

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Founding Partner

Mr. Omar Al Baloushi, proprietor of MEALC, is an Emirati Lawyer licensed and registered in Emirate of Abu Dhabi. He specializes in Sharia Law and has more than 10 years’ of experience in the legal profession. His main area of expertise includes Islamic wills, Islamic jurisprudence, and Islamic law of inheritance as well as Islamic Banking and Finance. He is fluent in Arabic and English.

Dr. Habib Mohammed Abdulla

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Chairman

An accomplished lawyer with a wealth of over 20 years of experience in UAE laws, Dr. Abdulla’s reputation as a trusted legal advisor extends to both the business and government sectors in the UAE. His extensive experience in advising prominent entities in the country regarding their corporate and commercial affairs is widely recognized and has made him one of the most recognizable practitioners in the field today.

Dr. Mohammed Haitham Salman

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Managing Partner

Dr. Salman has a Ph.D. in International Business Law from the University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK. He completed his professional and practical studies in the College of Law of England and Wales.

He has more than 15 years’ experience in many business law areas in the UAE either through working as legal consultant in leading law firms in the field of construction projects, maritime law, drafting legislations, sports law, corporate law, or as a legal advisor in Abu Dhabi Economic Development Department (DED). 

 

Dr. Mohammed was the chair of law program in Abu Dhabi University and he is teaching in business law, employment law, and other legal subjects. 

 

He is a fellow of the International Bar Association (IBA) and a member of the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS), London, UK.

Mr. Osman Ahmad

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Senior Associate

Mr. Ahmad is a member of the Corporate / Commercial Group. He obtained his law degree from University of London. In addition, Mr. Ahmad also completed his masters in law from SOAS, University of London and the Bar Vocational Course from Inns of Court School of Law, City University, London. Mr. Ahmad was called to the Bar of England and Wales at Lincolns’ Inn.

Mr. Ahmad is an advocate of the Pakistan High Court and has over 11 years experience with British American Tobacco Group, Veon Group, Haidermota BNR and Orr, Dignam & Co. in Pakistan. Mr Ahmad advises clients on corporate and commercial matters, in particular on construction, M&A and real estate matters. 

Mr. Magdy Elazaly

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Senior Associate

Magdy Elazaly has over 8 years of experience in criminal and civil litigation, in a wide array of industries, including real estate, retail, manufacturing, financial services, automotive, IT, intellectual property, labor, personal status and administrative law in UAE and Egypt.


He is representing both corporate and individual clients in civil & commercial proceedings with expertise in acquisition, structured trade and project finance. He has been also advising clients on very complex real estate transactions.

Mr. Ahmad Al Nablsi

Senior Associate

Mr Ahmad is  an experienced advisor / lawyer for more than 13 years .He  is the holder of a postgraduate diploma in private law from the Arab University in Beirut, He is specialized in civil and commercial law as well as legal and executive consultant in establishing businesses and companies administratively and legally, drafting the bylaws and administrative work programs legally for organizations and companies. He is expert in Legal management of commercial judicial disputes and finding legal solutions for companies who are facing challenges and are in need of  arbitrator and mediator in resolving commercial disputes. He has also worked as  researcher in the field of human rights in accordance with international agreements and laws.

Mr. Jaber M. Faraj

Senior Associate

Mr. Jaber M. Faraj is a Bilingual commercial  consultant. He has obtained his LLB  degree from Ajman University of Science and Technology, having over 6 years of experience in bilingual (English & Arabic) contracts consulting with a demonstrated history working within a leading telecommunication company. He has been performing his legal duties in agricultural industry for almost 2 years .He has as  Firm Knowledge in negotiation best-practices, both in-person and in written form.

Mr. Ahmed M. Fouad Emam

Senior Associate

Mr. Ahmed M. Fouad, obtained his (L.L. B) in 2002, from faculty of law (English Section), Cairo University, his background encompasses 17 years(Including 8 Years in GCC between UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar) of excellent experience providing extensive legal advisory services to companies, specializing in a variety of areas includes but is not limited to corporate/commercial law, real estate law, labor law, and Corporate Secretaries; his demonstrated success in advising corporate clients on optimal legal planning and strategies, along with his expertise in contract negotiations and compliance issues, positions him to make a significant impact at any organization.

Mr. Mohamed Abouakl

Senior Associate

Mr Mohammad has more than 7 years of experience in the Legal Industry. He has worked with the UN on Governmental  projects. He obtained his LLB degree from Beni Suef University in Egypt.  He later earned his  LLM degree in International Arbitration from the University of Miami School of Law in Florida, USA. Mr Mohamed is a member of the Egyptian bar and NY Bar. He has advised in The Egyptian Ministry of Trade and Industry as well as represented fortune 500 companies, sporting clubs, universities and film festivals. His practice focuses primarily on  ADR, Mediation, Sports law and Entertainment Law and Business Associations. 

Mr. Ahmed Shaker El-kashif

Senior Associate

Mr. Ahmed Shaker El-kashif is a bilingual (Arabic and English) Accomplished Legal Consultant holding LLM from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt and certified with TOLES by the Global Legal English, London. He is the former Legal Counsel for Al Ain club, UAE and has a piece of diverse knowledge and experience in Litigation, Arbitration, Commercial Transactions, Companies’ Affairs, Sport Law and Contract Law and appeared before the CAS in Switzerland as well as many Arbitral Tribunals in the UAE.

 

His edge skill is drafting and negotiating. He is well diverse in performing Diligence Reports and developing a clientele. He demonstrates leadership and communication ability.

He has a vast experience of 10 years in Corporate Law, Sports Law, and in-house legal advice.

Mr. Mehdi Shahbazi

Immigration Consultant UK

Mehdi Shahbazi is an adviser, executive and enthusiast in the  legal practice, UK immigration, financial industry and innovative technologies. His recent focus is on business immigration, new business initiatives, business trends, FinTech landscape and investment visas.

He has a bachelor’s degree  in Financial Economics from Swansea University Wales UK, and  master’s degree in Quantitative Finance from Cass Business School London UK.

He has worked previously in business development specialist at B&F Services, providing investment & business immigration advice to global clients. He has also worked as financial analyst for Amin Sahm Brokerage Company, involved in the design, development and establishment of advanced analytics and financial modelling to evaluate different companies and projects.

He has also served as financial analyst to Lotus Investment Bank for three years designing advanced analytics and financial models to evaluate and compare the quality of companies in different industries, assisting foreign investors and evaluating interesting opportunities, business plan analysis, executing transactions and identifying big trends in software and financial services industries.

He also has previous experience in asset management and data processing.

Mr. Haroon Iqbal

Solicitor England and Wales

Mr. Haroon is a dual-qualified lawyer with over 9 years of legal experience. He is qualified in two jurisdictions namely, a qualified solicitor for England and Wales and an advocate in Pakistan. He brings to the table substantive commercial and corporate experience and expertise to the firm.

He advises Public sectors and Local authority’s clients in the UK on commercial matters which includes, Procurement, Commercial Contracts, Construction Contracts, Framework Agreements and Consultancy Agreements.

He also advises private clients which include individual and corporate entities on Setting up UK based Company or Partnership, Joint Venture, Acquisitions, Mergers, Shareholders and Partnership Agreements. 

Mr. Ali Elsayed

Associate

Mr. Ali is a bilingual lawyer (Arabic& English) and has over 8 years of experience practicing law in Egypt, Kuwait, and the UAE; he has a notable knowledge in different areas of laws including; commercial, civil, construction, real estate, and employment litigation and arbitration. 

In addition, representation of local and international clients in corporate and commercial law including but not limited to drafting & reviewing contracts and general commercial matters. Prior to joining MELC, Ali worked for two leading law firms in Kuwait and the UAE.

Ali obtained his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Cairo University, and Master of Laws (LLM) Degree in International Commercial Legal Transactions from Arab Academy for Science, Technology, and Maritime Transport (English Department). And he is a member of the Egyptian Bar Association, 2010.

Mr. Shams Urehman

Associate

Mr. Shams-Ur-Rehman holds specialized degree of LLB (honors) in Sharia and Law from International Islamic University Islamabad, Pakistan and has more than 7 years’ experience in the legal profession. His main area of expertise includes Islamic wills, Islamic jurisprudence, Islamic law of inheritance, Islamic Banking and Finance, Corporate and Compliance related matters. He is actively involved in preparing and translating various legal documents, and also liaisons for litigation cases with our litigation team. He is fluent in Arabic, English and Urdu.

Mr. Omar Sharief

Associate

Mr. Omar is a graduate in LLB law from the University of Nottingham and has also completed the Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School. Omar is bilingual (English and Arabic) and specialises in corporate and commercial matters, holding over 4 years of experience at a variety of in-house businesses and international private practice law firms (including a Magic Circle law firm) in the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He has particular expertise in assisting with the incorporation of entities across various free-zones and jurisdictions and advising on internal company governance such as board resolutions and powers of attorney. Omar has assisted companies with a wide array of agreements, spanning share purchase agreements (including due diligence), framework agreements, and vendor agreements. A few of his key matters have included advising a well-known multi-billion dollar UAE-based cosmetic company on its incorporation in a major freezone in the UAE, one of the largest food delivery businesses in the world on its intellectual property work, and a major Chinese automotive company on its financing arrangements with government entities in the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Ms. Rebecca Brennan

Associate

Ms. Rebecca Brennan, holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology from University College Cork in Ireland. Rebecca is bilingual Criminologist with a history of working in the legal services industry in Ireland and gained a strong command of family law, conveyance, probate and litigation.  During her studies Rebecca worked alongside the State Solicitor in Ireland and gained practical experience related to Criminal Courts and cases.

Ms. Marija Gogic

Associate

Ms.Marija has over 4 years of experience in civil and criminal proceedings as has been for a two years at the Primary Court of Montenegro. Effectively handles matters related to inheritance law, family law, alternative dispute resolution, intellectual property. Also her experience and education are closely related to the Business Law as she is holding Degree of (Spec.Sci), Specialist of Legal sciences, Postgraduate Studies – Business Law, University of Law – Montenegro. As a Legal advisor in the UAE and Middle East Alliance she is practicing corporate/ commercial laws, but also Family UAE laws, Labour UAE laws, VAT laws.

Ms. Sheher Bano

Legal Researcher

Ms Sheher Bano holds 11 years of  experience in the capacity of legal counsel and legal assistant with a strong command of family law in particular divorce and custody. Her main area of expertise includes intellectual property ,  investigation, islamic jurisprudence, evidence collection,motion, contracts and agreements. 


She is actively involved in preparing and translating legal documents, client advocacy in trial preparation. in addition to that she has conducted intense research of family law ordinance and prepared pleadings, exhibits, motions, judgements, courts orders and inventries.


She holds an LLB from Punjab University . She is fluent in English,Urdu,Hindi and Arabic.

Mr. Ezzat Alharbi

Legal Researcher

Experienced Legal Researcher with a demonstrated history of working in the legal services industry. Skilled in Research, and Teamwork. A strong legal professional with a Bachelor of Laws - LLB focused in Law from Abu Dhabi University

Mr. Tarek Al Tamimi

Legal Researcher

Mr. Tarek  holds a  Master of Private Law – Dubai Police Academy & Bachelor of Law – Abu Dhabi University with student Rank # 1 (4/4 GPA) in the bachelor stage. He had internal Training in Abu Dhabi Courts that gave him practical experience related to civil & commercial, labor, criminal, personal statues courts and related cases in addition to the execution department of Abu Dhabi courts. His studying in the UAE gave him deep knowledge of UAE local and federal laws, which were enhanced by 8 years of work experience in multiple positions in commercial entities and legal firms and made him an expert in litigating, legal consultations, drafting, and reviewing contracts in both English and Arabic.

Ms. Maria Katrina

Legal Assistant

Ms. Maria Katrina Manamtam is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in International Relations in the college of King Faisal Center for Islamic, Arabic and Asian Studies in Mindanao State University, Marawi City, Philippines. She worked in Abu Dhabi Judicial Department for six (6) years and deployed as Customer Service in Non-Muslim Wills Registration Office, Notary Public. Her area of practice include coordinating, reviewing, editing and assisting clients’ Last Will and Testament. Her acquired knowledge and skills from her education up to her working experiences became a defining factor of who Maria is as a professional worker. Although only a new addition to the company, she is a firm believer that she shares a common goal as to that of the company’s vision and mission, with her abilities that can certainly contribute to the welfare and success of the company.

Mr. Sajid Rasul

Finance Manager

Sajid Rasul, Holder of Bachelor degree in Commerce from University of Punjab Lahore has joined Middle East Alliance Legal Consultancy in October 2015 as Finance Manger.


Sajid has started his career as Accountant in Libya in oil & Gas industry in a very demanding and challenging environment where he got an opportunity to finalize the accounts for Dissolution of  Partnership. Later joined UK based security company as an Accountant where later he promoted to the Finance Manager for MENA region and moved to company head office Dubai, UAE.