Partner Profile

What makes Nasser Malalla Advocates & Legal Consultants different is that we provide more than just expert legal advice. Our lawyers become actively involved in the client's business, delivering creative solutions, strategic advice and workable alternatives to help clients achieve their goals.


Our partners and associates includes lawyers from England & Wales, Scotland, Egypt, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. In addition to English and Arabic, our lawyers are fluent in Afrikaans, German, French, Punjabi and Urdu.


Please click on any of the names below for a detailed bio on the key individuals in our team.


 

 

* The use of the word "Partner" does not mean a legal partner and/or partnership. 

Javid Rafiq
Partner

Banking & Finance,
Corporate Services,
Commercial, Litigation,
Dispute Resolution,
Labour & Real Estate

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Javid is a British national and was admitted as a member of the Law Society of England & Wales in 1996*.

 

On qualification, Javid worked in the Banking & Finance departments of CMS Cameron McKenna, a leading international firm which was then followed by Morgan Cole, a leading UK firm.

 

Javid has extensive experience in the area of Banking & Finance having acted for banks, local government public bodies, finance companies, corporate borrowers and a range of other commercial and corporate clients. Javid has also acted for insolvency office holders in recovery matters. His experience includes advising lenders and borrowers on bi-lateral transactions, security documents and structures, acquisitions, management buy-outs and general secured lending. Javid has advised on sales of business assets by receivers and liquidators together with advising administrators on placing of companies into administration.

 

Javid has been living and working in the UAE for nearly 7 years. Immediately prior to his role at Nasser Malalla, Javid worked in leading UAE law firms, during which time he concentrated on financial services and financial regulation where he advised both local and international institutions on all aspects of regulated financial activity and financial business. Javid's practice also includes advising UAE and DIFC based fund operators in relation to both public and private funds.

Recent work includes:

 

  • Successfully advising various DFSA regulated entities in connection with various supervision and enforcement notices dealing with, inter alia, lifting of suspension of financial services activities and representing an entity with requests for compulsory interviews during enforcement investigations before the DFSA;
  • Successfully advising a DFSA regulated entity throughout its insolvency and withdrawal from the DIFC;
  • Successfully advising and assisting the property division of a well known UAE Bank on arbitration proceedings in defending a significant claim at the Dubai International Arbitration Centre; and
  • Advising and assisting a well-known GCC company in an ICC Arbirtration. 

* Non-practicing status in England & Wales since 2008.

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Advocate Nasser Malalla
Senior Partner

Banking & Finance,
Corporate Services,
Commercial, Litigation,
Dispute Resolution,
Labour & Real Estate

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Advocate Mr. Nasser Malalla Ghanem is a UAE national and the Senior Partner of the Firm. Nasser has already acquired his fame and pride in the legal scenario of United Arab Emirates. After he graduated from Dubai Police College in 1999, he has been representing clients efficiently and effectively at various levels of the UAE Courts particularly Dubai Courts, municipalities, government and semi-government departments and other concerned offices for more than 15 years.

 

Nasser has represented his clients in a diverse range of matters encompassing banking, commercial/corporate, construction, labour and substantial real estate related disputes.

 

A representative sample of the high profile clients, Mr Malalla has acted for include Emaar Malls LLC, Emaar Finance Services, Emaar Hospitality, Tamweel PJSC, Amlak Finance PJSC, Better Homes LLC, Arenco, Nasser Bin Abdul Latif Al Serkal Establishment, Al Khayat Real Estate, Abdulla Al Rostamani Properties, Al Owais Properties, Eastern Sky Jets, Darwesh Group, Arab Centre for Engineering Studies, B Power, B.I. Power LLC and Exeed Litecrete LLC.

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Samer Abdo
Partner

Banking & Finance,
Corporate Services,
Commercial, Litigation,
Dispute Resolution,
Labour & Real Estate

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Samer is a Jordanian National and has solid experience in the area of Litigation, Banking & Finance. Immediately prior to his role at Nasser Malalla, Samer was a Partner at a leading UAE law firm and has held the position of a senior legal counsel at Dubai Islamic Bank PJSC (the world's first fully-fledged Islamic bank) where he managed, led and monitored the implementation of all the legal projects in the bank.

 

Prior to joining Dubai Islamic Bank, Samer held the position of a Manager of the Legal Department at Dubai Bank PJSC, where he played a vital role in managing and protecting the bank's interest and legal risks pertaining to third party legal transactions and relationships.

 

Samer's dynamic practical experience with Dubai Islamic Bank and Dubai Bank encompasses the structuring of many Islamic products including Sukuk where he worked alongside many different and eminent Shariah scholars. Samer brings a breadth of diverse legal experience including working in private practice in a local law firm in the UAE, in a prominent government organisation and leading telecommunication company in Jordan where he provided advice and legal opinions on civil, commercial, labour, corporate, property and litigation matters and handled several large legal transactions.

Recent work includes:

 

  • advising a well-known GCC company on a major cross border litigation matter; and
  • advising a well-known GCC company on various merger and acquisition matters & bank facilities restructuring.

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