Elham Ali Hassan

Elham Ali Hassan has been practicing law in Bahrain for the last 25 years and is acknowledged as one of the leading litigators and arbitrators at the forefront of legal developments – she genuinely wants to help solve problems, knows how to deliver the highest quality service and professional representation, and is accustomed to handling high public profile matters, negotiations, and settlements. Elham advises and acts on behalf of multi-national organizations, institutions, agencies, and international law firms. Over the course of her career Elham has devoted substantial attention to solving problems involving shareholder, partnership and employment matters, contractual formation and interpretation, restraints of trade, insurance, intellectual property, land ownership controversies, franchises, financial transactions disputes, and the seizure of assets under maritime law. Elham has civil litigation experience at the pre-litigation, first instance, and appellate levels and criminal litigation experience. She has been admitted to both the Court of Cassation and Constitutional Court. She is often appointed as a Bahrain law expert before foreign courts of different jurisdictions. Additionally, Elham is a member of the Bahrain Chamber of Dispute Resolutions (the BCDR) roster as a panel member and as an arbitrator.

Elham is a member of the International Bar Association, National Committee of International Chamber of Commerce, an ICC Court’s member, a member of the Center of Commercial Arbitration for the GCC Countries, and of Dubai International Arbitration Centre.

Areas Of Practice:

Civil/Commercial Litigation, Arbitration, Contracts, Employment Law, Insolvency Law, Property Law, Constitutional Law, Family Affairs/Human Rights.

Education:

LLB, Arab University of Beirut.

Languages:

English, Arabic, Farsi, and French.

Law Firm:

With over 20 years of experience, EAH Law continues to provide dynamic legal services with borne aspirations for all clients, to defend their interests, ensure sound decision making, and attain the highest standards of legal accountability.

The firm combines high calibre professionals, innovation, and market knowledge with client driven flexibility. The firm strongly believes in being straightforward and easy to deal with whilst delivering individually tailored practical and creative solutions. The firm has invested in leading edge technology that helps ensure that clients are provided with the best possible service.

In major business transactions, high-stakes litigation, and other matters, the firm is committed to achieving the clients’ objectives effectively and efficiently. The firm’s approach to problem solving starts with a thorough understanding of the clients’ objectives and leads to solutions tailored to the clients’ needs. The lawyers have in-depth experience in a broad range of industries and practice areas.

The firm has a commitment both to quality and to justice, and its reputation has led to a wide variation in the type of clients which it represents. The firm is constantly developing new areas of expertise and provides a full range of skills for individuals, organizations and institutions.

The firm has well established relations with offices in: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and Lebanon. It also has associate offices in most of the Middle-East countries, North Africa, as well as Western Europe and North America.

Qays Hatim Zu’bi

Senior Partner, Zu’bi & Partners; Honorary Consul for Canada in Bahrain; President, AmCham Bahrain.

Principal Practice Areas: Corporate; Commercial Banking; Property; Infrastructure; Telecommunications; Franchising; Privatisation; Intellectual Property; Litigation & Arbitration; Labour; Government.

Qays has a law degree from the University of Cambridge in the UK and has been practising law in Bahrain since 1981. He also holds a degree in Economics and Political Science from Duke University in the USA. He is a licensed litigator and is an arbitrator of the GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre and a licensed lawyer and legal consultant in Bahrain and in Dubai, UAE. Qays joined the law offices of Hatim S. Zu’bi & Partners in Bahrain in 1981, and went on to become a Partner.

In the early 1990s, through the firm, he entered into an agreement with the leading Canadian law firm of Stikeman Elliott to jointly pursue legal opportunities in the Middle East. Thereafter, Qays joined Al Futtaim & Sons, a major trading house in Dubai, as legal and business development advisor to the Chairman, whereby he gained vast experience and knowledge in matters relevant to commerce and the laws of the UAE.

Prior to setting up Qays H. Zu’bi Attorneys & Legal Consultants in 2001, Qays was the executive resident partner of White & Case LLP, managing its Bahrain office. Here he handled counselling and litigation matters for major financial institutions, multinational corporations and private clients.

Qays has advised private clients in Bahrain and the GCC on a wide range of local, regional and international legal matters. He has extensive experience advising clients doing business in Bahrain and in other Gulf countries. He is currently involved in advising clients in a litigation case in the USA and the UK, and is involved in advising local clients with respect to their assets in France and Azerbaijan.

As a natural progression of his career path, following his knowledge of and experience in the laws of Bahrain and the GCC region, Qays established Qays H. Zu’bi Attorneys & Legal Consultants in 2001, building it into a market leader both in Bahrain and throughout the region. For a short period following his departure from White & Case, Qays’ firm was associated with Clifford Chance.

His positions include: Licensed Lawyer (Cassation Court) Bahrain; Certified Arbitrator, GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre; Legal Consultant, Dubai UAE; Honorary Consul for Canada in Bahrain; President, American Chamber of Commerce in Bahrain (AmCham); Member, International Bar Association; Member, Law Society of England & Wales (International Division); Board Member, Bahrain Japan Business & Friendship Society; Board Member, Junior Achievement International (InJAz Bahrain); Board Member, AIESEC Bahrain; Founding member and Chairman , Oxford & Cambridge Society, Bahrain.

Law Firm:

Zu’bi & Partners is the product of the 2012 merger of two successful law firms: Hatim S. Zu’bi & Partners and Qays H. Zu’bi Attorneys & Legal Consultants.

Hatim S. Zu’bi & Partners was founded in 1971, making it the oldest established local law firm in Bahrain (as opposed to offices of overseas law firms or practising individual lawyers). There are clients who were with the firm from its earliest days who continue to be Zu’bi & Partners clients today.

The founder, Hatim S Zu’bi, a Barrister-at-Law, licensed to practice as Advocate in Jordan, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Qatar, Sultanate of Oman and Bahrain, established the firm, building on the legacy of his late father Sharif Ali Zu’bi, who had been a leading lawyer practising throughout the Middle East region since 1921.

Qays H. Zu’bi Attorneys & Legal Consultants was founded in 2001 by Qays H. Zu’bi, an attorney practising law in Bahrain since 1981, quickly establishing itself as a major player in the finance, corporate, commercial and other sectors, with clients which are frequently leaders in their fields, spearheading the development of Bahrain and the wider region. Since its inception, the firm was consistently listed in the top tier of law firms in the region by all leading independent legal directories and periodicals.

Both companies benefitted from highly experienced lawyers who have trained and practised in a wide variety of countries and sectors. The merger of the two firms means that today Zu’bi & Partners, a fourth-generation family firm, are able from their base in Manama, Bahrain to offer experience, expertise and service excellence at both a local, regional and international level, to clients in almost any sector.

You can find more details of Mr Hatim S. Zu’bi and Mr Qays H. Zu’bi and other leading figures in the firm under our Partners and our Associates.

Harnek Shoker

Harnek Shoker is head of our Bahrain office and MENA energy and infrastructure projects practice.

His practice focuses on major infrastructure/energy projects as well as banking and general financings, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governances in the oil and gas, power, housing, health, education and real estate sectors.

He represents a wide range of clients including sponsors, governments, export agencies, lenders, project companies, investors and contractors on infrastructure transactions and projects. Harnek also has a close working relationship with the Government of Bahrain, with which he works frequently on a broad spectrum mandates.

Harnek frequently speaks at international conferences on energy and infrastructure projects and regularly contributes to leading journals in the energy and infrastructure sector.

Recent Work:

– The Government of Bahrain on the US$2.1bn Al-Dur IWPP, Al Hidd, Al Ezzel power projects and PPP Affordable Housing Project.
– Advising the investment arms of The Royal Court of Bahrain on a number of joint ventures, corporate restructuring and international investments.
– A GCC sovereign wealth fund on the proposed divestment of its shareholding in the Muharraq Sewage Treatment Plant, the first privately-owned sewage treatment facility in Bahrain.
– Diyar Al Muharraq on its joint venture arrangement with Eagle Hills International Properties LLC in connection with a multi-million real estate development in Bahrain.
– The international bidders in connection with proposed design, construction, finance and operation of Bahrain LNG Import Terminal.
– The Government of Bahrain on its proposed waste to energy plant in Bahrain.
– National Oil & Gas Authority on a joint venture with Neste Oil for the creation of a US$400m lube base oil manufacturing plant.
– Bahrain Petroleum Company in connection with the US$1bn strategic investment programme loan.
– Sama Dubai (previously Dubai International Properties), the international real estate investment arm of Dubai Holding, on agreements with the Moroccan government for real estate projects totalling US$12bn, including US$500m Marina de Casablanca development comprising hotels, residential accommodation, offices, retail and entertainment facilities.
– Asian Development Bank, JBIC, MIGA and a consortium of commercial lenders, having the cover of comprehensive political risk insurance/guarantee coverage, financing the Phu My 3 720MW power project in Vietnam.

Qualifications:

– Admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales, 1996
– LLM (Honours), University of London, 1993
– LLB (Honours), Brunel University, 1992

About Us:

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