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. 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. Shams Urehman

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Senior 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. Ahmed M. Fouad Emam

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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. Ahmed Shaker El-kashif

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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. Mohamed Abouakl

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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. Ahmad Al Nablsi

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Senior Associate

Mr Ahmad Al Nablsi is an experienced advisor/ lawyer for more than 15 years. He is a holder of a postgraduate diploma in private law from the Arab University -Beirut. He has specialized in  civil, commercial, and administrative laws. He is well versed in drafting internal regulations and administrative work programs for companies and organizations. 

He has vested many years as a researcher in the field of human rights in accordance with international agreements and laws.

He is expert in Legal management of commercial judicial disputes and finding legal solutions for companies who are facing provocations and are in a dire need of an arbitrator/mediator.

Mr. Mehdi Shahbazi

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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. Jaber M. Faraj

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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. Sharif Mohammad Al Sa'ad

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Senior Associate

Mr. Sharif Mohammed is a well-qualified legal strategist with extensive experience of over 21 years  in providing sound legal advice to clients regarding corporates & organizations, civil law, companies law, government regulations, commercial law, labor law, IPR's, and criminal matters. His exposure as an In-house lawyer at both governmental and private sectors has helped him gain excellent knowledge on Jordan, MENA and International laws, landmark judgments, and legal precedents.

In addition to that, he had achieved great success in representing legal and quasi-legal bodies and is an expert in governmental legal practices and procedures. He hold an L.L.M. in Commercial and Maritime Law from University of Hertfordshire, UK and L.L.B from Ain Shams University, Egypt.

Mr. Amr Adel El-Ghannam 

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Senior Associate

Mr. Amr Adel is a well experienced bilingual legal advisor with more than 11 years of experience across UAE and Egypt. His area of expertise includes corporate, commercial, criminal and civil law. He has extensive knowledge and experience with the UAE laws, court system and its legal procedure.

Additionally, he has broad experience in the field of litigation and arbitration. Prior to joining MEALC, Mr. Amr has worked in various law firms and financial institutions. As a legal advisor, he assisted in providing pro-active, practical, qualitative, quantitative and cost-effective legal support and guidance to different business functions on all kinds of legal matters. Furthermore, he served as a Senior legal investigator with the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) as well.

He holds an LLB degree from Alexandria University, Egypt. He is fluent in Arabic and English.

Mr. Qasim Murad

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Senior Associate

Mr. Murad is a graduate of the University of London and holds an LL.M from the Pennsylvania State University. He has extensive experience in corporate / commercial advisory work and M&A, having advised on domestic and cross-border takeovers and mergers of medium and large enterprises in Pakistan and the Middle East.  

 

His portfolio of work also includes public-private partnerships and procurement, including on key renewable energy and transportation projects. He has provided key advice on privatization transactions, primarily around the process for sale of publicly owned real estate in Punjab and the Islamabad Capital Territory in Pakistan.

Mr. Ali Elsayed

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Senior 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 MEALC, 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. Yasser Khater

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Senior Associate

Mr. Yasser Khater is a well-experienced corporate lawyer with over 25 years of experience in the corporate and commercial sectors. He has obtained his LLB degree in the year 1995 from Ain Shams University, Egypt. He has extensive experience in providing legal advisory services to companies in various areas, including Corporate/Commercial law, Companies law, Real estate law, Insurance law, Labor law, & Intellectual properties.

 

Additionally, he has demonstrated success in advising corporate clients on Corporate Governance, Policies, Companies' restructuring, Activities and business strategies, along with contract negotiations and compliance. His broad experience and excellence in the corporate sector allow him to deliver his legal opinions and advice with a unique edge tailored to specific business needs.

 

He is fluent in Arabic and English

Mr. Amr Hussein Ibrahim 

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Senior Associate

Mr. Amr Hussien is a bilingual lawyer who is well-versed in English and Arabic. He has more than 13 years of experience across the UAE. He is highly qualified in dealing with diverse areas of law, including but not limited to Commercial, Civil, Real Estate, Mergers and acquisitions, Litigation and Arbitration.


During his career, he had wide exposure to a broad range of legal matters, particularly handling complex commercial contract drafting and negotiation, providing expert advice and oversight in a large corporation, and advising them on Corporate Governance and Compliance.


He holds an LLB degree from Cairo University ( English Section), Egypt and has been a registered lawyer at the Egyptian bar since 2009.

Mr. Haroon Iqbal

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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. He is a member of The Law Society and is registered with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). 

Mr. Daehoon Park

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Senior Associate (US Branch)

Mr Park is Advising corporations on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, including cross-border deals, technology law, and M&A   . He has Negotiated and drafted a wide range of corporate and commercial agreements.

He is experienced in manufacturing supply agreements, franchise agreements, O&M , software license agreements, SaaS agreements, distribution agreements, IP license agreements, asset purchase agreements, stock acquisition agreements, share transfer agreements, shareholders agreements, joint venture agreements, partnership agreements, franchise agreements, etc.

He has Advised on Securities law in USA and regulations, drafted debt-based or equity based securities offering documents . He is actively  Advising  on Privacy and Data Security laws and regulations, including GDPR, CCPA, HIPPA, COPPA, and the FTC Act, governance documents, including but not limited to operating agreements, bylaws, and board resolutions  and Federal Practice Group, KPMG   .                               

He is well learned with blockchain, fintech startups, based in the US, EU, or Asia, on regulatory compliance, securities law and regulations, and other commercial and corporate matters ,  Drafted coin or token sale agreements for global ICOs . He has Served as legal counsel to Desto Blockchain, LLC .

Mr. Jackie Chan

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Senior Associate (Hongkong Branch)

Mr. Jackie  has provided his services as Legal Advisor in many Private Companies in Hong Kong with guidance in matters relating to law within the construction industry. He has worked as  a legal advisor and has assisted with client in contracts, draft legal documents and resolve disputes.

 

He has performed his duties as attorney of various listed and private companies for more than 7 years with expertise in corporate/commercial, Hong Kong listing rule compliance and M&A.

Mr. Khaled Bany Taha

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Associate

He is LLB from  Mutah university Jordan.  He is Enrolled in Jordan bar association. He has performed his legal duties in Jordanian  law firms for two years.

His expertise are real estate development and investment, and also performed his duties in  AL Ain University. Later he joined  Al Tantawi  trading Dubai.

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. Omar Sharief

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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

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Associate (UK Branch)

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

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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

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Associate 

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 FIDIC, Oil & Gas, intellectual property ,  investigation, islamic jurisprudence, evidence collection,motion, contracts and agreements. 


She is actively involved in preparing, drafting, reviewing, and advising matters related to UAE Labor Law.  


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

Mr. Ezzat Alharbi

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Legal Researcher

Experienced Legal Researcher with a demonstrated history of working in the legal services industry. Skilled in Research and Teamwork. He is an expert in litigating, legal consultations, drafting, and reviewing contracts in both Arabic and English. A strong legal professional with a Bachelor of Laws - LLB focused in Law from Abu Dhabi University

Mr. Tarek Al Tamimi

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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. Reeshma Jamal

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Paralegal 

Ms Reeshma is a fresh graduate from Middlesex University in Dubai. She holds six months of internship experience with an international law firm in the UAE. She has a strong educational background and experience in Corporate and Business law. Furthermore, she has made professional edits pertaining to the laws of the UAE for various agreements and contracts for start-up and E-commerce companies. Her areas of strength are legal research and drafting. During her studies, Reeshma had attained Academic excellence scholarship which helped her complete her education.

Mr. Obada Salman

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IT and Cyber Security

Mr. Obada is a Cyber Security Engineering student in Abu Dhabi University. He has 3 years of experience as an IT admin and is responsible for all the IT side of the company. He is an IB DP alumni, and had the opportunity to volunteer in different roles across a multitude of events around the UAE, including event management and organization. His Cyber Security education prepared him to help in any legal cases that involve Cyber Crime, and he was the person responsible for understanding and communicating all the technical details to the legal team, as well as the clients.

Ms. Serine Susan Prasad 

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Freelancer 

Ms Serine Susan Prasad, holds a BBA LLB (Hons.) degree from the Cochin University of Science and Technology,  India. She has experience of a year in Corporate and Business Law while working with an Indian based NBFC. She has previously done multiple internships with a research firm,  a law firm and an NGO in India . Her areas of strength include legal research, drafting, vetting of contracts, agreements, petitions and internal policies while ensuring compliance with all statutory and legal requirements.

 

She has acquired knowledge and skills with a strong educational background and various academic accomplishments. She is a member of the Bar Council of Kerala, India.

Ms. Maria Katrina Manamtam

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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. 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

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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.