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Mr. Ali Khamis Al Alawi
Title Founder & Senior Partner
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Professional Qualifications: Bachelor in Sharia & Law from Al Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt. Post Graduate studies and High Diploma in Intellectual Property, Jordan.

Expertise: Ali Khamis Al Alawi is specialized in arbitration, real estate, construction, corporate and commercial, litigation, intellectual property matters, and other forms of dispute resolution. Having been an active participant in the preparation of legislation in the Sultanate of Oman, Ali Khamis is uniquely placed to advise on all matters of Omani law.

Professional Associations: Former member of the Board of Directors of the Oman Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Former president of the Reconciliation & Arbitration Committee of the Oman Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Active member of the Advocates & Mission Committee in the Sultanate of Oman. Founder and member of the Board of the Arab Authority for Arbitration in Paris, France. Member of Arbitration Centers based in Cairo, Egypt and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Former president and member of the Board of Directors of Commercial Arbitration Centers in the GCC. Member of the International Bar Association. Member of the International Trademark Association. Member of Resolution of International Disputes Adviser of International Justice Foundation for Judicial Studies and Diplomacy United Nations UNICITRAL.

Languages: Ali Khamis speaks Arabic and English.

Mr. Al Hassan Al Alawi
Title Partner (Corporate, Litigation and Banking-Finance Law)
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Professional Qualifications:Bachelor of Laws from Plymouth University, UK.

Expertise: In addition to his duties as the Firm’s Managing Partner, Al Hassan specializes in intellectual property, corporate and commercial law, litigation and dispute resolution.

Professional Associations: Member of International Bar Association.

Languages: Al Hassan speaks Arabic and English.

Ms. Anwaar Al Alawi
Title Managing Partner (Intellectual Property)
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Professional Qualifications: Masters in Law from the University of Wales, United Kingdom. Bachelors of Law from Sharjah University, United Arab Emirates.

Expertise: Anwaar has been a legal researcher at the Ministry of Legal Affairs in the Sultanate of Oman and is well versed in dealing with the different Ministries.

Since obtaining her master’s degree in United Kingdom and in Germany, Anwaar has been focusing on commercial law, maritime law, real estate transactions, issues of tender law and commercial contracts.

Languages: Anwaar speaks Arabic and English.

Mr. Sahil Taneja
Title Partner (Corporate and Commercial)
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Professional Qualifications: Graduated in law from Amity Law School, GGSIP University, New Delhi.

Expertise: Sahil is a senior corporate attorney with 11 years of experience. Prior to joining Al Alawi & Co., Sahil worked for an eminent law firm in India, Remfry & Sagar, where he was heading the corporate law team as a Managing Associate.

Sahil specializes in cross-border investments, corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, due diligences and regulatory matters, where he is extremely active on the transactional front. General corporate/commercial advisory also forms a significant part of his practice, including, rendering legal advice and opinions on unique aspects of company law, corporate governance, anti-trust regulations, free zone rules and employment legislation.

Sahil is regularly tasked with drafting/review/negotiation of a variety of commercial contracts, inter alia, shareholders’ agreements, joint ventures, distribution and franchising arrangements, employment contracts and service agreements. Further, he is also part of the firm’s real estate practice and frequently engaged as counsel vis-à-vis development projects, usufruct and sub-usufruct arrangements, matters relating to transfer/lease of immovable property and support on relevant government procedures/registrations.

Sahil also plays an key role in administering the India desk of the firm thereby engaging and managing relationships with clients and associate law offices from India. He is a regular attendee at International Bar Association seminars and events held in India from time to time.

Sahil has spoken at conferences on a variety of subjects, notably, non-compete provisions in employment contracts, anti-bribery & corruption law and corporate governance developments. Sahil has also authored several publications, including, on viability of confidential information and trade secret protection.

Professional Associations: Enrolled as an Advocate with the Delhi Bar Council. Licensed to practice in all courts in India.

Languages: Sahil speaks English and Hindi.

Mr. Michael Patchett-Joyce
Title Consultant
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Michael specialized in advocacy and advice relating to general commercial litigation, civil/commercial fraud, and VAT and EU law. He is instructed in cases requiring detailed legal research and analysis, and has ability to master complex factual situations.

Michael has also expertise in commercial litigation, International and domestic supply contracts, indirect tax litigation, especially civil aspects of alleged missing trader(MTIC) VAT fraud, International commercial arbitration, EU law including Article 267 TFEU Reference to the CJEU(European Court of Justice), Judicial review challenges to Government department (especially, UK’s HMRC), Commercial application of competition law, Construction and other infrastructure litigation and professional negligence claims(surveyors, solicitors, accountants and auditors).

Michael has extensive practitioner and academic law contacts across Europe; in Qatar, UAE (Abu Dhabi and Dubai), Bahrain and Oman; and also in the US (New York and Washington DC in particular). He co-chaired a conference session on Islamic finance at the IBA Conference (Dubai, November 2011) and moderated an IBA Conference on Islamic Banking and Finance (Dubai, November 2010). In April 2013, he was invited to speak by the European Parliament at a hearing on Reform of the Court of Justice of the European Union, organized by the Committee on Legal Affairs. The topic of his presentation was Access to Court Documents, and Access to Justice.

Michael is a post graduate diploma holder in International Dispute Resolution (Arbitration) from Queen Mary, University of London.

Membership and Affiliations:

  • Fellow (FCIArb) of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Advocate, DIFC (Dubai International Financial Centre) Court, Part II – personal advocates accreditation
  • Served as Co-chair Bar Council of England & Wales European Committee
  • Served as Member, and Vice-Chair, Bar Council of England & Wales International Committee
  • Served as Bar Council of England & Wales representative on European Contract Law initiative (now Common European Sales Law), 2002-2012
  • Member, COMBAR (Commercial Bar Association)
  • Member, European Law Institute (ELI)
  • Member, IBA (International Bar Association)

Mr. Mohammed Al Tayeb Abdel Noor
Title Senior Counsel (Litigation and Dispute Resolution)
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Mohammed Al Tayeb Abdel Nour is a Senior Counsel at Al Alawi & Co., and has been with the firm since 2009.

Mohammed has over 36 years of experience in corporate/commercial matters, litigious matters and arbitration; and heads the dispute resolution practice.

Mohammed has extensive experience in company and commercial laws, civil, administrative, criminal disputes, labour law, and family law for Muslims and Non-Muslims. He has appeared before the primary, appellate and supreme courts in Sudan and Saudi Arabia and in the appellate and supreme courts in the Sultanate of Oman.

Mohammed also has a well-established government – related practice in the Sultanate of Oman.

Mohammed is a member of the Sudanese Bar Association since 1983 and is a certified arbitrator at GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre in 2016.

Mohammed received his Bachelor of Laws in Civil Law from University of Khartoum (Sudan) in 1982, as well as a High Diploma of Law with Honours in 2000 and went on to complete his Masters in Law (LL.M) in 2004.

Mohammed’s practice languages are Arabic & English.

Miss. Riza Ismail
Title Associate (Banking & Finance)
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Riza recently joined the firm to head the banking and finance practice having spent over fifteen years practicing in prestigious law firms in Malaysia, Kuwait and Oman.

Riza specializes in banking and finance, with particular emphasis on Islamic finance, capital market (local and international bond and Sukuk issuances), project finance, corporate banking (bilateral and syndicated loans) and investment funds. She was recently involved and responsible for the successful closing of major and landmark transactions in Oman including Islamic finance transactions (among others, the debut Oman sovereign Sukuk issue, the first dual‐currency Sukuk issuance under the new Oman Sukuk Regulation and establishment of the first retail Sukuk programme and issuance of its first series Sukuk by bank muscat S.A.O.G.) and project finance transactions (among others, Ibri/ Sohar 3 independent power project, Salalah II independent power project and Phase 2 Expansion Project in Barka).

Riza was named as a “Next Generation Lawyer” and described as “highly recommended” by Legal500 EMEA 2018 and listed in the Chambers & Partners Guide to the Legal Profession (Chambers) in 2018 as an “Associate to Watch” for Islamic finance and capital markets. She has also been consistently cited by Chambers (2016 and 2017), Legal500 EMEA Oman (consecutively for the years 2014‐2017) and Legal500 EMEA‐Kuwait (2012) in the areas of banking and finance, project finance and Islamic finance.

Riza is a frequent contributor of Islamic finance articles to major finance and law publications such as the Islamic Finance News and International Financial Law Review.

Riza graduated from the University of New South Wales, Australia with a double degree in accounting and law and admitted as an advocate and solicitor in Malaysia.

Riza speaks English and Bahasa Malaysia

Ms. Fahima Aziz Gahly
Title Senior Counsel (Intellectual Property)
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As head of the firm’s intellectual property practice, Fahima has extensive experience in contentious and non‐contentious, intellectual property matters, (trademarks patents & copyrights) and counterfeiting actions. Fahima has been registered as an IP Expert in the Ministry of Justice in the Sultanate of Oman since 2014.

Before joining the firm, she worked with the Ministry of Trade and Supply in Cairo, Egypt on intellectual property matters.

Fahima graduated with Bachelor of Law (license en Droit) from Cairo University, Egypt, 1983 and is a member of Cairo Bar since 1983.

Fahima speaks Arabic, English, and French.

Ms. Safwan Taha
Title Senior (Managing) Associate (Dispute Resolution Group)
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Safwan is a senior attorney with over thirty years of experience in litigious matters and arbitration.

Safwan has vast experience in handling civil disputes, administrative and criminal disputes and labour disputes. He has appeared before the primary, appellate and supreme courts in Sudan and South Sudan. Prior to joining the firm, Safwan worked for several international organizations including the United Nations and its sister agencies such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Mission in Sudan‐ High Commissioner for Human Rights (HCHR), International Development Law Organization (IDLO), International Rescue Committee (IRC), The Carter Center (TCC), which were responsible for application of the ‘Rule of Law’, ‘Good Governance’ and provision of ‘Access to Justice’. Safwan has worked in a number of different jurisdictions, such as USA, Tunisia, Iraq, Afghanistan and UAE.

Safwan is a member of the Sudanese Bar Association since 1987 and is a certified arbitrator at the G.C.C Commercial Arbitration Centre (GCCCAC).

Safwan speaks Arabic and English.

Ms. Shubha Pujari
Title Senior Associate (Corporate Group / Dispute Resolution Group)
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Shubha focuses on employment and labour matters and is recognized as a leading practitioner in the area of labour and employment law in the Sultanate of Oman, for contentious and non-contentious matters.

Shubha specializes in drafting/review of employment contracts, human resource policies and penalty regulations, employee transfers, deployment structuring, secondment matter and labour disputes, where she plays an important role in pre-trial strategy formulation.

On the corporate side, Shubha after has extensive experience in transactions involving foreign capital investment and market entry strategization and implementation, commercial agencies, mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, restructuring and compliance issues.

Shubha is a co‐author of several articles on Oman’s labour and employment regime and regularly conducts seminars and workshops on this subject.

Shubha graduated with a Bachelors in Law from Government Law College, Mumbai University, India.

Shubha speaks English and Hindi.

Mr. Puneet Parihar
Title Senior Associate (Corporate Group)
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Puneet is a senior attorney and has been recognized as a leading practitioner in the field of Mergers & Acquisitions and Joint Ventures in the 2017 RSG India Report of law firms in India. Before joining Al Alawi & Co., he worked for AZB & Partners, one of the top three law firms in India as part of the corporate team. He has represented various government authorities like National Highways Authority of India, Air India Limited etc. on preparing bidding documents and public issuance of tax‐free bonds in India.

Puneet specializes in cross‐border equity financing, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, where he has actively led and closed transactions. Additionally, he also partakes in general corporate/commercial advisory including, rendering legal advice on corporate law and drafting and negotiating various types of commercial agreements.

Puneet also takes a keen interest in and regularly advises Indian start‐ups on legal compliances while starting a new business and assists in ongoing legal compliance.

Puneet holds a double Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Law having graduated with Honors in corporate law from National Law University, Jodhpur.

Puneet speaks English and Hindi.

Mr. Khalil Sayed Khalil Sallam
Title Senior Associate (Dispute Resolution Group)
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Khalil is a senior lawyer with over twenty years of experience in litigation, corporate-commercial matters and arbitration.

Before joining the firm, Khalil worked as a legal counsel in Egypt, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE and Oman. Khalil is advises on and handles litigation relating to trademarks law, commercial and civil law, banking law, rent law, business law, labour law, land law and criminal law. Khalil is adept in drafting formal pleadings in a plethora of contentious matters including without limitation, civil, commercial, labour, tenancy, administrative and criminal matters, cheque dishonour lawsuits and financial claims

Khalil graduated with Bachelors in Law from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt (1999).

Khalil has completed several focused courses including Legal Drafting of Contracts in English at the Arbitration Center of Ain Shams University (2005). Session for Preparation of International Arbitrators and a Specialized Session for Preparation of International Arbitrators in the Arbitration Center of Ain Shams University in conjunction with the International Center of Arbitration in Cairo (2010).

Khalil is a member of the Egyptian Bar Association Federation of Arab Lawyers, registered as an International Arbitrator in the International Center of Arbitration in Cairo, Registered International Arbitrator in Qatar International Center of Arbitration in Doha and a founding member of the Arab Center for the International Arbitration.

Khalil speaks Arabic and English

Mr. Ayoub Al Rawahi
Title Associate (Corporate Group.)
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Ayoub specializes in corporate‐commercial law. Before joining Al Alawi & Co., he worked for two local law firms and in an international law firm in Oman. He has also trained in the Ministry of Legal Affairs and in an international law firm in Oman. Ayoub worked across a wide range of corporate/commercial matters including establishing various types of corporate entities, legal compliance, anti‐dumping and anti‐subsidy (countervailing duties), employment, construction and intellectual property. He has acted as a secretary and as a legal consultant in various general meetings/board meetings of public/closed joint stock companies in Oman and maintains good connections with relevant governmental bodies.

Ayoub was part of the team representing OCTAL SAOC and the Government of the Sultanate of Oman (GSO) against petitioners from the USA accusing OCTAL of dumping the USA market and receiving governmental subsidies. The outcome of the case is considered a success for OCTAL and GSO.

Ayoub holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the University of Hull.

Ayoub speaks Arabic and English.

Ms. Noor Khalfan Al Habsi
Title Associate (Litigation)
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Noor specializes in litigation, Intellectual property matters, dispute resolution and enforcement matters and regularly appears before primary courts across the Sultanate of Oman.

Noor graduated with a Bachelors in Law from Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman, and is enrolled as Advocate in the Sultanate of Oman.

Noor speaks Arabic and English.

Mr. Amr Sidahmed
Title Associate (Corporate Group)
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Amr specializes in corporate-commercial Law. He is regularly tasked with drafting, reviewing and negotiating various joint venture agreements, shareholders’ agreements and share purchase agreements, advising clients on commercial contracts, corporate structuring and other business transactions in addition to providing guidance on corporate governance matters

Amr graduated as valedictorian with a Bachelors in Law (Honours) from the Near‐East University of Northern Cyprus and has in‐depth knowledge of international law.

Amr works under the close supervision of the Partner & Head, Corporate Group, and offers clients a more cost-effective option for legal advice.

Amr speaks Arabic and English.

Majid Mohammed Abdullah Al Shehhi
Title Associate (Dispute Resolution)
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Majid specializes in litigation, dispute resolution and enforcement matters and regularly appears before primary courts across the Sultanate of Oman.

Majid received his Professional Diploma in Professional Skills for International Lawyers from Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom in 2018. Majid graduated with a Bachelor in Law, specialized in comprehensive law from Sultan Qaboos University, Sultanate of Oman in 2015 and is enrolled as an Advocate in the Sultanate of Oman.

Majid speaks Arabic and English

Rashid Khamis Al Sawaei
Title Associate
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Rashid specializes in litigation, dispute resolution and enforcement matters and regularly appears before primary courts across the Sultanate of Oman.

Rashid graduated with a Bachelor in Laws from Jerash University, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and is enrolled as an Advocate in the Sultanate of Oman.

Rashid speaks Arabic and English.

Mr. Abdel Shakor Mahmood Babikir
Title Legal Translator
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Abdel Shakor specializes in translating legal documents.

Abdel Shakor graduated with a Bachelors in Law from University of Cairo in Sudan followed by a Higher Diploma in Legal Translation from the University of Juba in Sudan.

Abdel Shakor speaks and writes Arabic and English.

Mr. Abdel Rahim Hashim El Shaikh
Title Legal Translator
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Abdel Rahim specializes in translating all types of documents (legal, medical, commercial, economical, financial, political, naval, agricultural, industrial, scientific, technical, military, etc.).

Abdel Rahim graduated with a Bachelors in Science (Honours) in Agriculture from University of Juba in Sudan followed by a Diploma in “Higher English” from the Trans – World Tutorial College, Jersey, Britain.

Abdel Rahim speaks and writes Arabic and English.

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