Hamdan Alshamsi Senior Partner & Founder

Languages : Arabic (mother tongue) & English (Fluent)

Location : Dubai (Business Bay Office)

International transactional and litigator specialist in the Dubai Courts & DIFC with extensive experience in corporate, banking & finance, and insurance law

Hamdan is a UAE national, educated at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom and has nearly a decade of successful litigation experience across the United Arab Emirates. He started his career in the Banking & Finance department of Al Tamimi & Co in the DIFC office. Furthermore, whilst being part of the Banking & Finance department he also participated in many cases in other departments out of his interest to learn more. In this time he qualified as a practitioner in the UAE and therefore represents clients in the UAE courts including Dubai.

He then joined the Infrastructure Department at Mubadala Development Company in Abu Dhabi. In Mubadala he got involved in the finance department taking part in large university and other infrastructure turn-key projects which involved real estate, construction and finance matters. After setting up Hamdan Alshamsi Lawyers & legal Consultants “HAS”, he decided to set up a full-fledged practice including advisory and transactional work and ever since overseen more than 500 litigation disputes in the UAE courts, DIFC courts and various different arbitration centers and has advised in more than 130 transactions and advisory matters.

Hamdan has built one of Dubai’s most reputable and respected Emirati law practices. He is widely regarded as a top litigator in the Dubai Courts with extensive experience in corporate, banking & finance, and insurance law.

Hamdan advises both local and international companies as well as governmental entities in cases involving complex transactional disputes.

Negotiated with creditors on behalf of a construction client, represented the management in the criminal and civil cases involved with cheques and guarantees, represented the company in labor cases in light of insolvency and before the Ministry of Labor, advised in relationships between cross border insolvency of group companies.

On behalf of a client in the consultancy industry, Hamdan assisted in various claims between creditors and the debtors of the company and the arrangement of the winding up of the business.

Advised a company in the food and beverage wholesale industry. Hamdan assisted with the preparation of the winding up process, provided advice to the shareholders and the management in relation to insolvency, restructure of operation and company to mitigate losses. Represented the company in the Litigation between the creditors and debtors and the previous management, assisted with the wind-up process.

For a client in the exhibitions industry, Hamdan was involved in litigation including criminal, civil and defending the management of company, concluding with planning and structuring the insolvency.

Advised in the insolvency of several companies under a group owned conglomerate, dealing and assisting with the current liquidator of the company in cases against the previous management and other creditors and debtors of the company, including asset search and recovery. Hamdan has dealt in various civil and criminal litigation surrounding insolvency and bankruptcy.

Hamdan has assisted in the insolvency of a very large manufacturing company, dealing with the banks and the creditors with the focus on guarantees, dealing with the labor aspect, the shareholders and the liquidator. Involved in the insolvency of the company.

Hamdan assisted with the insolvency of a large Marine company, dealing with the litigation between the partners of the company and the management. Involved in winding up the business.

Assisted in the insolvency of a Heavy-Duty Equipment Company, dealing with the litigation between the partners of the company and the management team and winding up the company.
Involved in the Bank J. Safra Sarasin DIFC in its insolvency, this incorporated both DIFC Law and English Law. Assisting in the application to obtain an order to wind up the company and assist the main creditor in recovery of owed monies.

Advised on a number of large infrastructure PPP projects including a large University project in a multilateral non-recourse financing with mezzanine facility worth circa $1 billion.

Hamdan has been Involved in a number of Insolvency cases but his experience is not limited to this practice, Hamdan has worked on a variety of transactions and projects throughout his experience, he has advised and assisted in establishing a number of companies and subsidiaries in Dubai and successfully advised a number of national and international companies including prominent banks in their corporate restructure and corporate governance.

  • Sun Engineering vs Omniyat – 110M, construction case between main developer and contractor able to ensure a successful strategy for recovery.
Academic Qualifications
>Commercial transactions
>Property Disputes
>Insurance Disputes
>Banking and Finance Disputes
>Corporate and Commercial Disputes
>Media Disputes
>Banking and Financial Services
>Shareholder Disputes
>Employment, and Pensions Disputes
>Maritime Disputes
>Intellectual Property Disputes
>Construction and Contractual Disputes
>LLB Honours – University of Bristol, England – 2007
>Completed Ministry of Justice law practitioner course And Qualified as an Advocate in the UAE – 2009
>DIFC Registered Practitioner – 2014
>Registered DIFC Wills Practitioner – 2017
> UAE Bar Membership – Admitted to the UAE bar 2009, part 2 DIFC 2015