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With a team of more than 100 lawyers and supporting professionals in three offices across the country, Galadari is a full service business law firm. One of the firm’s key strengths is the combined ability and experience of locally qualified Emirati lawyers as well as internationally qualified and experienced lawyers in many different practice areas. Galadari has access to and rights of audience before all UAE Courts, all UAE Judicial authorities and the UAE Legislative Bodies.

Key Contacts

Ziad Galadari
Founder and Chairman Tel: +971 4 377 8100
Ahmed Galadari
Managing Partner and Head of Litigation Tel: +971 4 377 8100
Abdulla Galadari
Partner Tel: +971 55 9111999
Fadi Hassoun
Abu Dhabi Partner Tel: +971 55 4147025
Ken Dixon
Partner Tel: +971 52 9280090
Matthew Donovan
Partner Tel: +971 55 4147009
Mojahed Al Sebae
Partner Tel: +971 50 6545844

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Marwan Al Cherkeh Senior Associate

Experience

Marwan is a Senior Associate at Galadari, having practiced law in the UAE for almost 25 years. As one of the most respected legal figures in the region he has exceptional expertise in disputes and general commercial advice related to banking and financial service work, including regulatory and compliance matters.

Marwan practices before federal and state courts, arbitration panels, and industry dispute resolution organisations and also handles complex commercial litigation and international arbitrations, being the defending counsel before Dubai courts of different stages; first instance, appeal and cassation. He is one of the few expats in the UAE who have the permission/license to represent clients before the Dubai Courts.

Marwan had previously worked in his own practice for 15 years before moving to the region and joining Galadari in 1990.

Recent experience

  • Filed a case to verify the selling of a property built on gifted land. We represented the heirs of the seller and enabled them to register the property in the land department after referring the case to the cassation court 3 times.
  • Represented a defendant – giant security company – in a case against a foreign company who were claiming buying rights from another company and its 70% profit share. An expert was appointed and advised that the plaintiff’s profit share was around AED 100 million. After insisting on the plea of incapacity, a judgment was issued in our favour.
  • Represented a contractor in a case filed by the owner / developer claiming AED 11million compensation for late completion of work. We filed a counter claim and the court dismissed the original case and a judgment was issued in our favour for the developer to pay us AED 2 million as compensation and remaining balance.
  • Represented a client in a case filed by a reputable jewelry company in the sum of $2,000,000. A judgment was awarded in our clients favour after the court of cassation had returned it to the appeal court.
  • Acting on behalf of a well-known gas company in a case filed by a large pharmaceutical company to supply them with the contracted gas and a monthly fine of AED ½ billion until the gas is supplied, and an amount of AED 32 billion as compensation to the damages caused.
  • Acting in various banking cases for a group of companies that received loans totaling more than AED 1.5 billion.
  • Acted on behalf of a contractor in a case filed by an insurance company to oblige the contractor and DEWA to pay AED 900,000.00 which had been paid by the insurance company due to an explosion in the pipeline supplying Dubai – the pipeline was delivered by the contractor. A judgment was issued in our favour and the case was dismissed since the contractor had delivered the pipeline for over a year and was no longer under the contractor’s control.
  • Representing a company manager in a case which was referred to the court from the public prosecutor for 237 crimes/offences plus payment of customs duties of AED 275 million and a similar amount as a fine. The manager was released on bail, after paying an amount of AED 5 million, after being imprisoned for 6 months.
Acting on behalf of a large gas supplier in a civil case filed by a well-known gas company for the rent of a pipeline. Claim amount wa    

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