Richard A. Smith

Richard Smith is our exclusively recommended VISA Services expert in the United Arab Emirates on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Richard directly using the contact details listed above.

With over 20 years of experience in the UAE visa process, Richard is the Managing Director of Charterhouse Lombard, a highly client-focused business setup, support and advisory firm based in Dubai.

Richard assists clients in every step of the company formation process. From advising on the most suitable and beneficial company structure to facilitating license applications in some of the UAE’s most prestigious free zones, including the International Free Zone Authority (IFZA), DMCC Free Trade Zone, and RAKEZ (RAK) Free Trade Zone.

As part of Charterhouse Lombard’s comprehensive service, Richard helps to coordinate the entire UAE visa application process, assisting with investor visas and those for employees, family members, and other dependants.

Whatever services you require, you can be sure Richard will take the time to understand your unique needs and circumstances before advising on the best path forward. As Charterhouse Lombard is a privately owned organisation that relies on no external funding or third-party interference, any advice is always impartial and focused solely on your best interests.

Firm Overview:

Charterhouse Lombard Limited is licensed by the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority to provide and manage offshore companies and offshore trusts.

Established in 1995, we have consistently delivered a professional but personal service that has been underpinned by the integrity, experience, and expertise of its management team.

Expanding into the Middle East, the Charterhouse Lombard Dubai branch has established itself in the local community with a turn-key solution for companies and individuals seeking to establish a business presence.

Advisory Excellence Appoints Richard A. Smith and Charterhouse Lombard in The United Arab Emirates (streetinsider.com)

Ashraf El Motei

Ashraf El Motei is our exclusively recommended International Arbitration expert in the United Arab Emirates on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Ashraf directly using the contact details listed above.

Ashraf is the founder of Motei & Associates.

He began his career as a Public Prosecutor in Cairo, Egypt in 1990. Two years later, he commenced his private practice as an Associate with Baker & McKenzie – Cairo, Los Angeles and Dallas offices. In 1997, he moved to Dubai to act as in-house Counsel for Majid Al Futtaim, one of the leading drivers of economic growth in the Middle East and North Africa.

Two years later, he was appointed as Regional Counsel by the Swiss multinational, Nestlé S.A. In 2002, Motei & Associates was born.

Ashraf leads the dispute resolution practice at M&A. He advises clients on complex civil, commercial and corporate litigation including contracts disputes, joint ventures, shareholders disputes, business crimes, construction, professional negligence, agency and employment disputes. Ashraf has over two decades recognised expertise in real estate disputes and has represented buyers in over numerous cases including sale and purchase disputes, delayed handover, discrepancy in saleable area, cancelled projects, landlord and tenant disputes.

Ashraf has also a recognised expertise in international arbitration.

He has represented clients in numerous arbitration cases under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce, The London Court of International Arbitration, Dubai International Financial Centre, and Dubai International Arbitration Centre.

He advises on all aspects of the arbitral process throughout the enforcement procedures of arbitral awards, either local or worldwide. He has also served as arbitrator and co-arbitrator in numerous proceedings institutional and Ad hoc cases.

Peter Pender-Cudlip

Peter Pender-Cudlip is our exclusively recommended Asset Recovery Services expert in the United Arab Emirates on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Peter directly using the contact details listed above.

Peter is a co-owner and founder of GPW and sits on the board of directors. Based in Dubai, Peter has over 17 years of experience in global investigations and intelligence gathering. During that time, he has acted for sovereign entities, major corporations, financial institutions, law firms, insolvency practitioners and litigation funders providing a wide range of investigative and asset tracing services in relation to international and local litigation and arbitration, fraud and insurance claims, insolvencies and restructurings and other critical corporate and investment situations.

Peter is recommended by Who’s Who Legal as a ‘Global Leader in Asset Recovery’ and won Lexology’s ‘Client Choice Award for Asset Recovery UAE, 2020.’

Recent work includes:

  • Global asset tracing on behalf of an investor enforcing a multi-million arbitration award against a Sovereign state
  • Global and local asset investigations into debtors for major financial institutions and corporations
  • Procurement fraud investigation on behalf of a major Gulf corporation
  • Investigation for an international bank into a fraudulent borrower including tracing the proceeds of the fraud from India to Singapore, Mauritius, Dubai and various offshore jurisdictions
  • Working for insurers, re-insurers, banks and their legal teams investigating major insurance claims in the commodities sector and advising on recovery actions
  • Acting for liquidators and their advisers in recoveries against former company shareholders and directors
  • Asset due diligence and enforcement for litigation funders.

He studied law at Oxford University and is a qualified solicitor and former banker. Peter also serves as GPW’s Chief Compliance Officer.

Firm Overview:

Founded in 2004, GPW is a leading global consultancy specialising in investigations, disputes and political risk.   We anticipate and mitigate risk for our clients’ businesses. Our expertise is complementary to legal and financial advisors. We provide actionable information and analysis to support our clients in significant transactions, disputes and milestone corporate decisions.  We are a market-leading provider of disputes and investigative consulting to the world’s top litigators, arbitration specialists and in-house general counsel. We have worked on large-scale disputes, asset and fraud investigations – including state level embezzlement of funds, asset stripping, and insider fraud. Our clients include sovereign entities, major corporations, financial institutions (including multilateral development banks and sovereign wealth funds), law firms, asset managers, high net worth individuals and family offices.

Peter Pender-Cudlip Recognised by Advisory Excellence for Outstanding Performance (streetinsider.com)

Simbarashe P. Makahamadze

Simbarashe Makahamadze is our exclusively recommended IP Services expert in the United Arab Emirates on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Simbarashe directly using the contact details listed above.

Over the years, we have recognised that most organisations face numerous problems in managing their own Intellectual Property, notwithstanding the lack of knowledge on the existence of intellectual property in some cases. IP is a prized strategic and financial asset for every organisation.

As with other resources, IP should be judiciously managed and the value be known. With inappropriate management, organisations may be unaware of their IP assets, the value or benefits, or may find themselves in unnecessary risks especially with IP owned by third parties.

As a result, we have developed a unique blend of IP services offering that covers the whole spectrum of Intellectual property, from creation to commercialisation. We offer a full range of intellectual property solutions an entrepreneur, senior executive, or small, medium or large business might require. We recognise the true value of your creativity and innovation and the need to secure the resultant IP assets. We are also driven by the need to guide our global clients in navigating the African IP landscape.

Mohammed Aweidah

Mohammed Aweidah is our exclusively recommended Structuring Services expert in the United Arab Emirates on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Mohammed directly using the contact details listed above.

Mohammed has a B.A. Degree from Birzeit University, Palestine. Member of the U.A.E. Accountants & Auditors Association. Extensive experience in auditing, company structuring and various industries. Languages spoken and written: Arabic and English.

On 23 December 1982, after spending ten years with PwC, Samir Jarallah, Managing Partner of AZT, founded Tureva Treuhand AG, Zürich. His goal was to create a firm of highly-skilled professionals to provide accounting, auditing and consulting services to small/mid-sized companies and high net worth individuals.

Following over twenty successful years in Switzerland, he decided to apply the same business model in Dubai and Al Zarooni Tureva commenced operation in 2005.

Al Zarooni Tureva and Tureva Treuhand AG, are comprised of a highly professional staff of auditors, accountants and consultants; personally selected and trained to adhere to the highest possible business standards.

Dubai is a city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and a lively nightlife scene. Burj Khalifa, an 830m-tall tower, dominates the skyscraper-filled skyline. At its foot lies Dubai Fountain, with jets and lights choreographed to music. On artificial islands just offshore is Atlantis, The Palm, a resort with water and marine-animal parks.

Swati Soni

Swati Soni is our exclusively recommended Fraud Law expert in the United Arab Emirates on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Swati directly using the contact details listed above.

Dubai is a city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and a lively nightlife scene. Burj Khalifa, an 830m-tall tower, dominates the skyscraper-filled skyline. At its foot lies Dubai Fountain, with jets and lights choreographed to music. On artificial islands just offshore is Atlantis, The Palm, a resort with water and marine-animal parks.

Swati is an Associate in the Litigation Practice in our DIFC office in Dubai. Fluent in English, Hindi and Panjabi, her expertise includes white collar crimes, bank frauds, bounced cheques, prevention of money laundering, criminal defamation, matrimonial disputes property disputes and insolvency.

Prior to joining BSA, Swati Soni worked with a private litigation practice in New Delhi for three years. There she focused on the Coal Block Allocation case relating to public corruption and the alleged fraudulent allotment of coal blocks to private companies.

Corporate Social Responsibility:

As one of the leading regional law firms in the Middle East, we recognise our responsibility to our clients, members of the firm and the wider communities in which we live and work.

BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP are focused on being environmentally and socially responsible by supporting the missions of charitable organisations. To assist in supporting access to justice and opportunities, a number of our lawyers provide free legal services by way of pro bono work. We are proud to be an active member of the DIFC Courts’ Pro Bono Programme.