Galadari Advocates & Legal Consultants

Firm Profile:

Galadari Advocates & Legal Consultants (“Galadari”) was established over 30 years ago and is recognized as one of the leading full service regional law firms in the Middle East.

With four offices in Abu Dhabi, Bur Dubai, the Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA) and the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), and with a team of over 70 lawyers from international and local backgrounds, Galadari offers an in-depth understanding of the issues and procedures essential to successfully advising local and international clients doing business in the Middle East.

The firms’ clients often play an integral role in the development and progression of the UAE. Each member of the Galadari team is focused on forming long-term, sustainable relationships with businesses who share similar cultural and developmental aims. The team also possess a commitment to maintaining a profound understanding of their client’s industry sector, enabling them to provide commercially focused advice.

Galadari continues to thrive in this challenging market and grow its practice and coverage of the GCC by utilizing close relationships with its existing external partners and networks. Through further development of its international desks the firms reach and expertise has never been more dynamic or diverse.

The team has an outstanding track record in many areas of legal practice, including:

  • Arbitration, Litigation & Dispute Resolution;
  • Banking & Finance;
  • Compliance & Regulatory;
  • Construction & Infrastructure;
  • Corporate & Commercial;
  • Employment;
  • Government;
  • Hotels & Leisure;
  • Insurance & Healthcare;
  • Intellectual Property;
  • Maritime & Shipping;
  • Oil & Gas; Energy & Renewables;
  • Real Estate & Property; and
  • Private Client.

Represented by:

Thanos Karvelis, Partner

Corporate, Commercial, M&A, Construction and Arbitration

Thanos has over 20 years’ experience in high profile, cross-border acquisitions and multi-billion transactions and privatizations, across a wide variety of key industry sectors within Europe, the UAE and the GCC. He advises clients on corporate matters, particularly mergers & acquisitions, privatizations and commercial transactions. In parallel, he has a strong experience in construction matters. Thanos also deals with the associated arbitration, litigation and disputes in these legal practice areas.

Thanos was admitted to the Athens Bar in 1994, holds an MSc in Business and is currently ranked in Chambers Global as “very eloquent” in relation to his negotiation skills.




Represented by:

Daniel Brawn

Senior Associate, Arbitration and Construction
T +971 4 393 7700

Daniel specialises in arbitration of construction disputes. He has published learned articles and lectured extensively on construction and arbitration subjects.

Daniel has extensive experience of the construction industry, both from a contentious and non-contentious perspective. He has put together development projects of all sizes, providing the legal and practical advice needed to manage risk. He has advised land owners, developers, contractors, purchasers and their professional teams and has carried out due diligence work for funders. Daniel has well practiced experience of drafting and negotiating contracts and all the associated documents, warranties, assignments, bonds and guarantees that are used on large developments. On the contentious side, Daniel has focused particularly on arbitration as a means of resolution for technical disputes, drafting pleadings and advising on the level of proof required in breach of contract claims, extensions of time, liquidated damages, the valuation of variations and loss and expense, the effects of delay and prolongation.

Daniel had worked in the construction industry for many years before taking the decision to retrain as a lawyer. He graduated (BA Hon) in Law from the University of Greenwich in 1995, was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1996, read for a Post Graduate Diploma in Arbitration Practice and Procedure in 1999, was admitted to the Roll Solicitors in England and Wales in 2001, became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and eventually a Chartered Arbitrator in 2002, finally taking his PhD from Manchester University in 2005.