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- Bachelors of Law (2006), University of New England, Armidale, Australia
- Bachelor of Law (1997), Panjab University, Chandigarh, India
- Bachelor of Science (1994), Panjab University, Chandigarh, India
- Masters of Defence Studies (1998), Panjab University, Chandigarh, India
- Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia (as Solicitor and Barrister) since October 5, 2007
- Supreme Court of India (as Advocate) since November 14, 1998
- Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts
- Law Society of New South Wales, Australia since 5 October 2007
- Bar Council of Panjab & Haryana, India since 14 November 1998
- Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), Miami, USA
- Florida Association of Women Lawyers (FAWL), Miami, Florida, USA
Seasoned international attorney in commercial dispute-resolution and arbitration matters. Also savvy in transactional matters: private equity investments, corporate-restructuring, M&A, major real estate development projects, commercial dispute management and employment issues. Enrolled as legal practitioner in Australia, India and Dubai International Financial Center. Regularly authors articles with Middle-Eastern emphasis and co-authors Emirates Business Law Blog, focused on business and law in the Middle East..
Former in-house counsel Financial Partners Bank (FPB), Dubai, executing transactions in private equity matters, debt financing, corporate formation and restructuring, M&A, and joint ventures, and aiding formation of investment companies in Jersey, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands and other venues.
Previously associated with Hugh Fraser International, Dubai, handling business disputes and transactions, and with Emirates Advocates, Dubai, providing a wide range of legal counsel in litigation, transactions, debt recovery and employment disputes.
Holds law degrees from universities in Australia and India as well as Masters of Defense Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India.
Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).
- Represented a major IT and Fortune 500 company in a dispute arising from the breach of an IT contract and non-payment of outstanding dues.
- Represented a U.S Forex company in relation to compliance, employment and other advisory matters.
- Managed and oversaw a litigation matter on behalf of a Kuwait-based company relating to a contractual dispute in the UAE.
- Oversaw large-scale property projects in Arab Emirates, China and Europe including Symphony Tower and Olympia Tower projects in Dubai and Clearwater Bay Project, Hong Kong.
- Negotiated and prepared a facility agreement worth US $10 million between a UK-based financial company and FPB in return for the acquisition of 10 percent shareholding in FP Bank.
- Worked in conjunction with Clyde & Co. Dubai office to advise on the restructuring of FP Bank's group and their subsidiaries operating in several countries, including the UAE, Vanuatu, Australia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, china, Thailand and Bali.
- Managed and provided consultancy to the General Manager of FPB's Bali office with respect to a civil case involving a claim amount of US $788,000 that was initiated by one of FPB's client.
- Provided legal advice to a Switzerland-based hospital with respect to the procedures involved in the incorporation of an LLC in the UAE.
- Acted for prestigious Scotland-based university Heriot Watt in setting up presence in Dubai knowledge City, UAE.
- Managed a civil case and defended a leading Spanish company trading in water treatment spas and other equipment in a civil suit of AED 2 million, arising out of commercial defraud, illegal diversion of business, breach of fiduciary duty and misrepresentation of accounts committed by their former General Manager.
- Represented and defended a joint venture between a UAE crane manufacturing company and a South African engineering and contracting company, in a civil suit initiated by the plaintiff to recover losses resulting from breach of a service contract.
- Represented an employee in a claim against a US tobacco company, seeking compensation for arbitrary dismissal, breach if fiduciary duties and miscalculation of end-of-service entitlements.
- Provided legal advice in various areas of labor and employment aspects, including end-of-service entitlements, wrongful dismissal, confidentiality and non-competition issues, computer monitoring, trade secrets and sexual harassment at workplace.
- “The Future of Islamic Finance in the Middle East”published on 29 July 2011, in Zawya, United Arab Emirates;
- “The Future of Islamic Finance in the Middle East” published in Asian-Mena Counsel in July 2011;
- "M&A In The Middle East: Balancing Risks, Reaping Reward” published on 21 Jun 2011, in Zawya, United Arab Emirates;
- “Considering Cross-Border M&A In The Middle East”, published on 26 May 2011, in Law 360;
- Comment in the article, “Regional Report: China in Africa”, published in May 2011, in Global Finance;
- “Protecting Business In The Face of Unrest” published on 19 April 2011, in Law 360;
- Comment in the article, “What Every Investor Should Know About Qatar” published on 5 April, 2011 in CNBC;
- “The Black Gold Rush” published on 27 March 2011, in Pipeline magazine, United Arab Emirates;
- Comment in the article, “Trends: Islamic Finance in Latin America” published in January 2011, in Global Finance;
- Comment in India Business Law Journal, October 2009 (Article: “New Kid on the block – DIFC gives traditional offshore centres a run for their money.”)
- “Green Buildings: Opportunities and Risks,” published on 5 August 2009, with Carlos Gonzalez, on www.constructionweekonline.com;
- “Green Building Surge in the Middle East Poses Opportunities and Risks for Businesses,” published on 11 July 2009, with Carlos Gonzalez, on www.zawya.com;
- “An international force: the DIFC – LCIA Arbitration Centre,” with Michael Diaz Jr., Asian Counsel, published in May 2009;
- “A guide to finding the right lawyer.” with Carlos Gonzalez, Banker Middle East (Issue 106), published in April 2009;
- “Invest in Dubai Real Estate Confidently,” published on 26 April 2005, in Gulf News; “Employees must be notified of monitoring activities,” published on 25 January 2005, in Gulf News;
- “Confidentiality and Non-Competition Clauses in Employment Contracts,” published on 29 March 2005 in Gulf News;
- “Accidents at Work,” published on 22 February 2005, in Gulf News.
- Financier Worldwide: Weighing the Opportunities and Risks of Project Financing in Iraq
- Understanding Risks of Investing in Iraq Key to Success
- Tackling Internal Fraud: Weeding Out The Enemy Within
- Guidelines for Medical Devices in the UAE Healthcare Industry
- 7 Things To Remember In UAE Real Estate Deals
- M&A In The Middle East: Balancing Risks, Reaping Rewards
- What Every Investor Should Know About Qatar
- The Black Gold Rush