Sheikha Haya

Sheikha Haya is our exclusively recommended Arbitration expert in Bahrain on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Sheikha directly using the contact details listed above.

Sheikha was one of the first two women in Bahrain to practice law when she was admitted as a lawyer in Bahrain in 1979. Prior to setting up her practice, she was the vice chairwoman of the Arbitration (Committee D) in  International Bar Association from 1997 to 1999. She was the former counsel at the Bahrain Ministry of State for Legal Affairs as well as a senior attorney at another major Bahraini law firm. She has been admitted to the Court of Cassation and the Constitutional Court of Bahrain and is a member of the Bahrain Bar Association.

Sheikha obtained a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Kuwait in 1974. She has also obtained a Diploma in Civil Rights Private Law from the University of Alexandria, Egypt, in 1986 and a Diploma in Comparative Law from the University of Ain Shams, Egypt, in 1988.

Sheikha has had an illustrious diplomatic career. From 2000 to 2004 she was Bahrain’s Ambassador to France and its non-resident Ambassador to Belgium, Switzerland and Spain, becoming the first Bahraini woman Ambassador. She is also Bahrain’s permanent delegate to UNESCO, the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. She has been the President of the 61st Session of the United Nations General Assembly which closed in September 2007. She is the third woman to hold the position. She is the recipient of several notable awards, the most recent of which include the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Special Award, 2007, in recognition of her work in promoting the set of global anti-poverty targets, the Path to Peace Award 2007, from the Path to Peace Foundation, in recognition of acts of individual leadership in the international community, and the Social Creativity Award, representing appreciation for Arab women, at the Sixth Conference of the Arab Thought Foundation.

Sheikha Haya was as ex-member  of the World Intellectual Property Organisation Arbitration Committee and ex- member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration. She is also a member of the Bahrain Supreme Council of Culture, Arts & Literature and the former Vice-President of the Bahrain Bar Association. She has been appointed in 2008 to chair the Consumer Advisory Group of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, Bahrain Chair Person of the Board of BCDR since 2010 to date. Elected chair person of the world Heritage Committee 2018.

Firm Overview:

Haya Rashed Al Khalifa is a full service legal practice based in the Kingdom of Bahrain and is regarded as one of the most prestigious and dynamic law firms in the Kingdom. We advise on high-profile and ground-breaking domestic and international transactions and litigation matters. Endowed with a long-standing tradition of excellence, the Firm enjoys a distinguished reputation for the quality of its legal advice, delivering highly professional, responsive and cost-effective services tailored to the needs of those whose interests it represents and serves – everyone that it partners with.

With over 20 years of exceptional litigation and advisory experience, the Firm has proven to be pivotal to the provision of legal counsel to the Bahraini community, especially in regards to major international projects, and has focused extensively on serving as a catalyst to national development.

The Firm is widely retained by the Bahraini Government departments and institutions, international and local banks, investment advisers, international accountancy firms, multinational companies and high net worth individuals from around the world. This distinguished profile has resulted in excellent contacts and working relationships with numerous leading international law firms.

The lawyers engaged at Haya Rashed Al Khalifa Law Firm are highly qualified professionals who bring together an unrivalled depth and breadth of experiences that enable them to better understand our clients’ businesses and therefore better anticipate their needs. The diversity of languages spoken in the Firm has come to include English, Arabic, French and Farsi.

Aspiring for absolute performance, while striving to cultivate meaningful relationships, Haya Rashid Al Khalifa Law Firm engages in diverse practice areas, including banking, capital markets, commercial, corporate, insurance, investment funds, litigation and arbitration, construction, local regulatory, Islamic, civil and criminal law.

Our masterful capabilities both technical and legal, together with our progressive outlook and enviable business and political connections ensure that our clients receive the absolute edge in legal support, and that their interests are always protected and served.

We firmly believe that our role will always be to go beyond delivering on people’s legal requirements to ultimately contribute to their success and the fulfilment of their aspirations. We have a reputation for providing an exceptional legal service. We are renowned for our commitment to excellence and for our ability to find innovative solutions to the most complex of legal problems. Our clients recognise and value this, thus our reputation and pre-eminent status has been confirmed in numerous international legal directories.

Elie Yazbeck

Elie Yazbeck is our exclusively recommended Contract Law expert in Bahrain on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Elie directly using the contact details listed above.

Elie brings a wealth of experience to Haya Rashed Al Khalifa Attorneys at Law & Legal Consultants. He began his career at the Rizk Law Office in Lebanon, where he gained experience in Commercial, Administrative and Civil Law. He has served as Lawyer and Legal counsel with E. Kanaan and Co. Law Firm, a Lebanese commercial law firm associated with law firms in Europe and the GCC. He has been involved in rendering legal advice to clients in Lebanon and abroad, and he has gained substantial experience in corporate commercial and civil law.

In 2001, he was admitted as a solicitor in the Beirut Bar Association. He is also a member of the International Association of Young Lawyers, Brussels, and is founder-member, Committee of Sports Activities, within the Beirut Bar Association. He has also participated in various legal seminars concerning Cross-border Commercial Lending Transactions, International Law and Money Laundering Crimes in Chicago, USA.

Elie Yazbeck has also been a member of numerous consultation working groups, including the Bahrain Economic Development Board working group on Trusts. He completed his Law and Litigation Bachelor (L.L.B) from the Sagesse University, School of Law, Beirut, in 2001, with honours.

Firm Overview:

Haya Rashed Al Khalifa is a full service legal practice based in the Kingdom of Bahrain and is regarded as one of the most prestigious and dynamic law firms in the Kingdom. We advise on high-profile and ground-breaking domestic and international transactions and litigation matters. Endowed with a long-standing tradition of excellence, the Firm enjoys a distinguished reputation for the quality of its legal advice, delivering highly professional, responsive and cost-effective services tailored to the needs of those whose interests it represents and serves – everyone that it partners with.

With over 20 years of exceptional litigation and advisory experience, the Firm has proven to be pivotal to the provision of legal counsel to the Bahraini community, especially in regards to major international projects, and has focused extensively on serving as a catalyst to national development.

The Firm is widely retained by the Bahraini Government departments and institutions, international and local banks, investment advisers, international accountancy firms, multinational companies and high net worth individuals from around the world. This distinguished profile has resulted in excellent contacts and working relationships with numerous leading international law firms.

The lawyers engaged at Haya Rashed Al Khalifa Law Firm are highly qualified professionals who bring together an unrivalled depth and breadth of experiences that enable them to better understand our clients’ businesses and therefore better anticipate their needs. The diversity of languages spoken in the Firm has come to include English, Arabic, French and Farsi.

Aspiring for absolute performance, while striving to cultivate meaningful relationships, Haya Rashid Al Khalifa Law Firm engages in diverse practice areas, including banking, capital markets, commercial, corporate, insurance, investment funds, litigation and arbitration, construction, local regulatory, Islamic, civil and criminal law.

Our masterful capabilities both technical and legal, together with our progressive outlook and enviable business and political connections ensure that our clients receive the absolute edge in legal support, and that their interests are always protected and served.

We firmly believe that our role will always be to go beyond delivering on people’s legal requirements to ultimately contribute to their success and the fulfilment of their aspirations. We have a reputation for providing an exceptional legal service. We are renowned for our commitment to excellence and for our ability to find innovative solutions to the most complex of legal problems. Our clients recognise and value this, thus our reputation and pre-eminent status has been confirmed in numerous international legal directories.

Aamal Al Abbasi

Aamal Al Abbasi is our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in Bahrain on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Aamal directly using the contact details listed above.

Aamal joined Newton Legal upon its establishment in 2012. She works closely with a number of key clients including the Office of H.R.H. the First Deputy Prime Minister, H.E. Office of the Deputy Prime Minister Jawad Al Arrayed along with nogaholding and its subsidiaries.

Aamal’s primary focus is on governmental entities. She reviews a wide range of agreements in respect to these governmental entities’ projects. In addition, she advises them on general Bahraini law requirements with particular emphasis on Commercial Companies Law, Law of Commerce, Tender Regulations, Civil Code, Ministry of Finance’s Financial Manual and State Budget Law.

Furthermore, Aamal has been appointed as a legal adviser in a number of internal governmental committees that were formed to provide appropriate solutions to specific outstanding legal issues and potential projects. In addition, she has been recently highly involved in drafting a number of legal instruments including laws that will have a substantial impact on the health and real estate sectors in Bahrain. She has drafted various policies for the Government of Bahrain.

Aamal Al Abbasi has effectively participated in teaching the Bahraini Commercial Companies Law at the University of Bahrain for three years along with the Founding Principal of Newton Legal.

Joseph Huse

Joseph Huse is our exclusively recommended infrastructure Law expert in Bahrain on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Joseph directly using the contact details listed above.

Joseph is the Founding Partner of Newton Legal. He works closely with a number of key clients, including the Government of Bahrain. Prior to 2012, he was the MENA Regional Managing Partner of Freshfields Bruckhaus and Deringer and a member of its Projects and International Arbitration Groups for over twenty years.

Joseph is a leading expert in the structuring of infrastructure and energy projects. Joseph is the author of Understanding and Negotiating EPC and Turnkey Contracts, published by Sweet & Maxwell. He also has particular experience in disputes on construction, infrastructure and energy projects. In addition to advising and representing clients in a litigation context, Joseph also frequently sits as arbitrator in international courts.

Joseph Huse is a past member of the LCIA Court as the special delegate for the DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre. He was the first Registrar of the Centre from February 2009 to February 2010. He also acted as Chairman of the Appeals Committee of the Dubai Mercantile Exchange.

Thankachan M Joy

Thankachan M Joy is our exclusively recommended Audit Services expert in Bahrain on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Thankachan directly using the contact details listed above.

Thankachan is a Fellow Member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), Member of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Fellow Member of The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) UK and Member of Accountants & Auditors Association (AAA is the national accountancy body of the United Arab Emirates).

Thankachan M Joy is having post qualification experience of more than 3 decades and working experience with 30+ countries and 100+ nationalities. He has got extensive experience in Organisational Restructuring, Business Health Check, Tax, Budgeting, Business Plans, Due Diligence and Shipping. He is one of the Founding Partners of M/s Mathew & Thankachan Chartered Accountants, Kozhikode – Kerala, India established in 1988.

Firm Overview:

Hussain Al Shemsi Chartered Accountants, Ajman is founded by Mr. Hussain Al Shemsi, a UAE National. Auditing, Accounting, Consulting, Tax, Advisory services and Industry driving reviews are the comprehensive range of services focused by the firm. Being a registered and approved Auditing firm with UAE Ministry of Economic Dept., we are authorised to carry out accounting and audit works in all seven emirates of UAE. We are also approved by UAE Ministry of Justice and Licensed Arbitrator approved by the GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre.

We are specialised in diagnosing the business sickness and prescribing solutions to help them back to excellent health. Individuals, small and medium enterprises which need a solid solution to their business sickness can rely on HALS for the same. We help dynamic organisations to unlock their growth potential by offering forward looking advice.

Regardless of how complex is clients’ bookkeeping, process flow or nature of business, we can help oversee them through basic, simple and business sector driven systems. Out of huge number of accounting and audit firms in UAE, Hussain Al Shemsi Chartered Accountants have emerged as one of the most consistent accounting firms in UAE. We endeavour to be a one-stop solution for our clients.

Hasan AlAjooz

Hasan AlAjooz is our exclusively recommended Commercial Law expert in Bahrain on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Hasan directly using the contact details listed above.

Hasan graduated with a Master’s Degree in International Commercial and Business Law from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, United Kingdom and previously got his Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the University of Bahrain.

Hasan AlAjooz is a certified Arbitrator by the GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre and he is the National Representative of the International Association of Lawyers (UIA) in the Kingdom of Bahrain and also a member of the Bahrain Bar Society.

Firm Overview:

ALAJOOZ & ASSOCIATES is a law firm, which provides a variety of legal services in both local and transnational laws. The firm specialises in Commercial and Business Law, Finance and Banking, Domestic and International Arbitration, Litigation and Company Formations.

The Firm has been founded by Mr. Hasan Al Ajooz and it is under his direct management, Mr. Al Ajooz is committed to providing legal services of the highest calibre to all clients, dispensed on a range of both legal and business matters. The main focus of the firm is the constant improvement of dispensing legal services and the best interest of clients.

The Firm also provides private notary services by Mr. Al Ajooz – a licensed Private Notary- which allows the clients to proceed with their notarisation services without the need to visit the Public Notary in the Ministry of Justice, it includes the notarisation of companies’ formation and amendment documents, POAs, contracts and the attestation of documents.