Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Membership Category:Corporate
Membership No.:0055

Profile of the Company:

Freshfields is a leading international law firm with over 2,500 lawyers, located across 28 offices in 16 countries across the world. Around 30 per cent of our activity involves countries where we do not have an office including in some of the world’s most hostile legal environments. Through a combination of our own offices and our exceptional local counsel relationships internationally we have worked in nearly every country in the world, touching almost 200 countries in each of the past three years.

We have been advising clients in the Middle East and wider MENA region for over 30 years. With four offices in - Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Bahrain, and Riyadh (through an association with the Law Firm of Salah Al Hejailan which also has offices in Jeddah and Al Khobar in Saudi Arabia) - we understand what it means for clients doing business in the region, its business culture and etiquette and importantly, the region’s key commercial drivers, legislative frameworks and regulatory authorities. We have over 40 lawyers across the Middle East and our teams work in both Arabic and English.

Our MENA disputes and arbitration team is part of our International Arbitration Group which is widely recognised as the world’s leading practice. This is reflected in the fact that last year alone, our team of 120 arbitration specialists, handled cases with a total amount at stake of over $80bn. In 2013 we were again ranked as the number one law firm in the Global Arbitration Review's prestigious 'GAR 30' survey of the leading international arbitration practices. This is the sixth consecutive year that we have topped the table, with GAR concluding that our success is a result of a number of factors including a 'widely spread yet close-knit network' having 'dotted their best people around the world' as well as 'cohesion within the practice'.

The demand for risk management and dispute advice has changed fundamentally in recent years. Our disputes and arbitration practice in MENA regularly advises clients from across a range of sectors, including real estate and construction, energy and infrastructure, telecoms and the finance sector, in the following areas:

  • Commercial and treaty arbitration
  • DIFC court litigation
  • Investigations and sanctions

Our dispute resolution team also has a significant focus on construction matters, both contentious and non-contentious.

Represented by:

Erin Miller Rankin

Head of Construction – Middle East & Asia
Tel: +971 4 5099 139
Mob: +971 50 157 5255

Erin is a partner of the firm and in her role as Head of Construction for the Middle East and Asia, Erin advises owners, developers, general contractors, engineering firms and various sub-trades on all aspects of their projects including tendering, procurement strategies and contract documentation for major infrastructure and construction projects. Erin also regularly advises on resolving real-estate, engineering and construction-related disputes including the representation of clients in ad-hoc ICC, ADCCAC, LCIA, SIAC, KLRCA and DIAC arbitration proceedings. Erin is admitted as an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and sits as an arbitrator on projects-related disputes.

Represented by:

Sami Tannous

Tel: +971 4 5099 254
Mob: +971 50 1006 965

Sami Tannous is Counsel based in our Dubai office. He is an international arbitration specialist focusing on international commercial arbitration and investor-state arbitration. Sami has represented clients in international arbitrations under all major arbitration rules including the ICC, LCIA, ICSID, DIAC, SCC and UNCITRAL rules, with seats in London, Paris, Dubai, DIFC, Geneva, The Hague and Washington, and also sits as arbitrator.

His practice has a particular focus on matters arising in the oil and gas industry, although he has also advised clients on disputes in the banking, real estate, defence, travel, media, and construction sectors. In addition, Sami is a member of Freshfields’ Global Investigations Group and advises clients in internal corporate and regulatory investigations.

Represented by:

Kim Rosenberg

Tel: +971 4 5099 166
Mob: +971 5 653 79606

Kim Rosenberg is a major projects lawyer advising stakeholders on all construction stages of the project cycle, in particular contract administration, dispute avoidance, dispute resolution and compliance issues, with a particular focus on the Middle East and Africa. She has supplemented this experience by completing a Masters in Construction Law at the University of Melbourne in Australia. From an industry perspective, Kim is chair of the committee that reviewed the Society of Construction Law’s Delay and Disruption Protocol. Kim also advises organisations on regulatory risk management and is our key contact for corporate investigations in the Middle East and North Africa.

Represented by:

Joseph Chedrawe

Senior Associate
Tel: +971 4 5099 140
Mob: +971 50 451 5330

Joseph Chedrawe is a Senior Associate in Freshfields’ MENA Dispute Resolution practice based in Dubai. Prior to moving to Dubai, Joseph worked in Canada, the United Kingdom and South Africa. Joseph has maintained a broad disputes practice representing regional, national and multi-national clients in complex, high stakes and high value cases with particular experience in construction, engineering, real property, and commercial disputes. He has appeared before mediators, arbitrators, administrative tribunals and four levels of Court, is an advocate of the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts, and has sat as a party-appointed and sole arbitrator in arbitral proceedings administered by the Dubai International Arbitration Centre.

Joseph has produced a number of articles, case comments, and conference papers on a range of dispute resolution topics. He currently holds the seat of Secretary to the Board of Directors of the Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners. Previously, he was Vice-Chair of the Canadian Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section, Nova Scotia.

Joseph qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor in 2006 in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Represented by:

Bryan Dayton

Senior Associate
Tel: +971 4 5099 194
Mob: +971 504507834

Bryan Dayton is an associate in our International Arbitration Group based in Dubai. His experience includes advising on contentious matters.

Bryan holds a juris doctorate from the University of Chicago and is admitted to practice in New York and Washington D.C. and before several U.S. federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. Bryan served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Donald C. Pogue of the U.S. Court of International Trade from 2004-2006.

Bryan has recently been appointed as administrative secretary in relation to a DIFC-LCIA arbitration.