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Maritime & Transport

Galadari’s Maritime & Transport Practice offers clients a team of lawyers with more than 20 years of experience in maritime and transportation law, shipping transactions and disputes. Our shipping and transportation team focus on contentious matters and are heavily involved in representing clients in high profile disputes in the region. We advise clients from the entire spectrum of the shipping and transport industries including, vessel and airline owners, shipping lines, charterers, transportation operators, ports & terminal operators, ship builders, logistics providers, freight forwarders, cargo interests as well as hull and cargo insurers. Our commercial and litigation experience within the industry allows us to provide a full-service legal offering to clients in this sector. Our corporate division provide due diligence, draft contracts and handle contract negotiations and transactions.

Our dispute resolution team are on hand to provide assistance when matters become contentious, and we have the expertise to provide representation on complex local and national shipping and transport claims. Our lawyers and advocates are licensed to appear before all levels on the UAE courts, public prosecution and tribunals, as well as providing representation at arbitration hearings. Galadari are a leading local law firm, as such, our lawyers have excellent working relationships with regulatory authorities and keep abreast of the latest laws and regulations concerning maritime and transport.

Our team come from a variety of common and civil law backgrounds, providing advice onshore and in the Free Zones in line with international shipping practice. Our work covers the vast majority of maritime activity including, purchase deals, finance, mortgage contracts, shipbuilding and repair, and vessel insurance. Our corporate and dispute resolution teams come together to advise on a wide range of aviation matters including, drafting commercial agreements and contracts, asset leasing and financing, cargo claims, passenger claims, sale and purchase deals and mergers & acquisitions.

We often work for large regional and international aircraft carriers as well as aviation underwriters and government entities. The automotive market in the UAE is continually growing year on year, and this is an industry that our lawyers know well. Our team advise on a range of matters including import & re-export of vehicles, parts and accessories, customs & excise, product safety requirements, trading and finance and franchising, while keeping in line with the UAE Commercial Agency Law and local customs laws. We regularly act for private clients, local dealers as well as large automotive manufacturers. Galadari advise the rail industry across the GCC region, providing advice on a broad range of corporate and commercial matters such as financing, acquisitions, infrastructure projects, franchising and regulatory issues and employment disputes. Similarly, our team handle matters related to the construction and infrastructure of the roads in the UAE.

Cyber security is a potential risk for many businesses in the transport industry, particularly the maritime industry as it looks to grow though investing in autonomous shipping and blockchain due to regulatory controls and cost pressure. We advise our clients on identifying potential cybersecurity threats to control and communications systems. Our team also handle matters related to data theft.

We offer comprehensive solutions including but not limited to:

  • Freight Forwarding and Structures
  • Aviation
  • Cars
  • Railway lines
  • Shipping and logistics
  • Cyber security