MEET THE TEAM

Mr. Omar Al Baloushi

Founding Partner                                                                                                                                     

Commercial Law                                                                                                                                      

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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

Chairman                                                                                                                             

Corporate and Commercial Law

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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

Managing Partner                                                                                                                                     

International business law

Corporate and Labor law

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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. Nasser Butti Al Ahbabi

Advocate

Litigation and Dispute Resolution 

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A distinguished lawyer with practical experience of more than 10 years in litigation and pleading before the various state courts (Federal, Abu Dhabi and Dubai) with all degrees of primary, appellate, supreme and cassation.

Mr. Nasser also has long experience in drafting commercial contracts and agreements in all its forms. His expertise includes matters relating to civil law, commercial law, criminal law, and laws relating to real estate, contracting and rentals.

Dr. Zuhir Saleh

Senior Associate                                                                                                                                      

Administrative law

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Dr. Zuhir Saleh is a Canadian Syrian professor who is a PhD in public law with experience as a lawyer for more than 20 years. Dr. Zuhir's expertise includes but is not limited to civil, administrative, commercial, and labor lawsuits. He is a published author, academic researcher, and legal advisor to a number of commercial companies.


Dr. Zuhir is also a certified commercial arbitrator and a legal trainer.

Mr. Mohammed Yaseen Mansour

Senior Associate                                                                                                                                      

Arbitration and litigation

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Mr Mohamed Yaseen Mansour is a bilingual legal advisor who is Performing his duties as a professional Arbitrator  in Abu Dhabi Arbitration and Conciliation Centre. He is a well-experienced arbitrator with over 36 years of experience who possess a vast wealth of knowledge and has a proven record of providing full arbitration and litigation services to clients and delivering positive outcomes for them.

He is associated with the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce since 1985 and has advised and assisted the Board of Directors and the Director-General of ADCCI in all legal matters. Moreover, he has been involved in Legal Research on various laws/treaties relating to commercial, corporate, intellectual property, banking, insurance, execution of foreign judgments, enforcement of foreign arbitration awards, WTO, TRIPS.

He has been a major part of the committees which drafted various local laws of Abu Dhabi.

 

He has also got several years’ experience as Legal Advisor in Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, law & arbitration field entitled to handle and won many legal & arbitration cases against the largest local and international law firms. He is fluent in Arabic and English.

Mr. Magdy Elazaly

Senior Associate                                                                                                                                    

Civil & Commercial law

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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

Senior Associate

Islamic Banking & Corporate law

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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. Ahmad Al Nablsi

Senior Associate                                                                                                                                     

Civil and administrative law

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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

Senior Associate - UK Branch   

Immigration Consultant UK

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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

Senior Associate                                                                                                                                      

Contract law

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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

Senior Associate                                                                                                                                     

Commercial and Corporate Law

Litigation and arbitration

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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. Qasim Murad

Senior Associate                                                                                                                                     

Contract and Commercial Law

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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. Rohan Moin

Senior Associate 

Contract and Commercial Law

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Mr. Rohan Moin is an LL.B (Hons) graduate of the University of London and holds an LL.M from Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.

 

He has vast experience, spanning over a decade, in corporate and commercial law having worked in-house for top companies and legal consultancy firms in Pakistan.  

 

He possesses extensive knowledge in different areas of law, including, but not limited to, contract law, public-private partnerships, procurement and construction law, labor law, intellectual property law, technology & Fin-Tech law and telecom law. He has drafted vetted and negotiated numerous commercial, service, construction (FIDIC), procurement contracts on behalf of clients which include strategic contracts between government, semi government and private entities which are the driving force behind key projects in Pakistan.

Mr. Yasser Khater

Senior Associate                                                                                                                                     

Corporate and Commercial Law

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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. Walid Samir Mohamed

Senior Associate                                                                                                                                      

Corporate & Civil Law

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Mr. Walid is a bilingual lawyer who has more than 11 years of experience in the field across the UAE and Egypt. He holds a Law degree (LLB) and Diploma in General law from Alexandria University, Egypt. Throughout his career, he had wide exposure to a broad range of corporate and civil legal matters such as drafting, reviewing, and solidifying complex commercial contracts, representing clients in court, negotiating on behalf of clients, handling complex issues involving multiple stakeholders and so on.

He has five years of experience working as an in-house legal advisor and has gained expertise in Commercial, Contracts and Civil areas of law. 

He is fluent in Arabic and English

Mr. Amr Hussein Ibrahim 

Senior Associate                                                                                                                                     

Corporate governance and compliance

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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

Solicitor England and Wales (UK Branch)

Mergers & Acquisition

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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

Senior Associate (US Branch)

Data privacy and security Law

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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

Senior Associate (Hongkong Branch)

Mergers & Acquisition

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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

Senior Associate 

Commercial Law

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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

Associate 

Contract Law & IP

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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 (UK Branch)

Corporate Law

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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 

Family and Employment Law

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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

Associate                                                                                                                                     

Corporate and commercial Law

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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

Legal Researcher 

Litigation

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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. Osama Hashem 

Legal Researcher

Civil and Commercial law

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Mr. Osama is a trilingual Law and Political Sciences (LLB) graduate from Sorbonne University who is well-versed in English, Arabic and French. He holds 3 months’ worth of internship experience at a local firm in the UAE. He gained invaluable insight and knowledge in Civil and Commercial law by assisting the team with drafting legal opinions, conducting extensive legal research, and providing preliminary review of contracts.

 

His strong educational background in different fields of law contributed to developing a mental foundation to progress and acquire personal growth, while also contributing to the progression of the company and helping it achieve its goals.

Ms. Reeshma Jamal

Paralegal

Contract and Commercial law

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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

IT and Cyber Security                                                                                                                                 

IT and Cyber Security

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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 

Legal researcher

Corporate and Commercial Law

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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.

Mr. Anthony Abdel Ahad

Legal researcher

International Economic Law

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Mr Anthony Abdel Ahad holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Sagesse University in Lebanon, and he is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in International Economic Law from University Toulouse 1 Capitole, France. He is actively engaged by participating and attending many workshops and conferences between Beirut, Toulouse, and Geneva, which helped him expand his knowledge in international law.

 

Additionally, he has participated in a Legal Clinic Research for OHCHR as a researcher and has interned at a legal office in Beirut. Finally, he is deeply passionate about Geopolitics and Economics and was chosen to assist for a research paper titled “Role of MENA Countries on International Economy.” His area of expertise includes Economic Law, Contracts Law and Human Rights. He is fluent in Arabic, English and French. 

Mr. Ali Asghar

Finance Manager                                                                                                                                    

Accounts and Finance 

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Mr. Ali Asghar has 9 years of experience in Accounts and Finance profession and has ACCA (Associated Chartered Certified Accountant) certification from a world-renowned UK based accounting body “The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants” has joined Middle East Alliance Legal Consultancy in January 2022 as Manager Finance.

 

Ali has started his career as accountant in Abu Dhabi U.A.E. in cosmetics industry where he worked on complete accounting cycle, right from journalizing to the finalization of company’s accounts. Later served in Textile sector in a very competitive and demanding environment in Pakistan as Assistant Manager Accounts and promoted to Chief Accountant.