Swati Soni

Swati Soni 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 (both criminal and civil) property disputes and insolvency.

Prior to joining BSA, Swati 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.

Swati holds an LL.B. (Hons.) from GGSIP University in New Delhi, India.

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.

Our recent CSR initiatives include:

  • Sponsoring the Emirates Fine Arts Society on their 34th Annual Exhibition;
  • Visit to the Dubai Autism Center, for more details, click here;
  • Student lecture at the American University in Dubai (AUD) covering the essential aspects of UAE law, for more details, click here;
  • With JAFZA, empowering Emiratisation under the Tumoohi Project, for more details, click here;
  • Presenting at the Career and Study Fair at Lycée Libanais Francophone Privé – Dubai;
  • Hosting a one-day Legal Clinic where our lawyers gave free legal advice to the public at the Dubai Land Department, for more details, click here; and
  • Pro-bono services: Opted-in for DLAD’s Smart Platform for Pro-bono services offering voluntary legal services to members of the public.

Previous donations include:

  • Philippines Red Cross, in support of Yolanda relief efforts
  • Cambodia Children’s Fund
  • Dubai Cares – we support Dubai Cares walk for education, held at Dubai Creek Park in February 2015
  • Children Cancer Center

Nevin Jacob Koshy

Nevin Jacob Koshy is a credible distinction engineer in biotechnology and a commendable high merit attorney in Intellectual Property Law from the finest university in the United Kingdom with proven analytical and communication skills. A person who has completed all his education till date in distinction or high merit, with more than 10 years of quality professional experience. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, United Kingdom.

He has worked for a number of reputed biotech industries both as a research scientist and as an Intellectual Property Consultant. He has his specialization in Intellectual Property Law from the University of London and has numerous other degrees which he has taken during his professional career. He has also worked as an IP consultant in the technology transfer department of Queen Mary University of London [Queen Mary Innovation Ltd (United Kingdom)].

He is active in various international intellectual property organizations such as INTA, AIPLA, AIPPI, CIPA, APAA and is currently one of the Executive Board Member / Board of Directors of the AIPPI UAE Chapter. His focus areas are patent, design and copyright protection locally, regionally and internationally. He is also involved in trademark filing and prosecution matters for his clients. He is actively involved in IP training sessions and is a profound speaker on several regional and international conferences.

He is one of the firm’s Partner and is currently heading the patent department of United Trademark & Patent Services in their Dubai office. In his spare time [which occurs rarely], he loves to disconnect, reflect and busy do nothing.

Firm Overview:

Doing the right thing, at the right time.

United Trademark and Patent Services is a leading firm of lawyers and consultants specialized in Intellectual Property (IP) Rights and Issues. The firm has been serving its global and regional clients in more than 189 jurisdictions around the world with quality services that has won us the leading position we hold today in this specialized field of law. Our services include searching, filing, prosecution, registration, licensing, franchising, transfer of technology, arbitration, dispute resolution, enforcement & litigation, anti-counterfeiting, due diligence and counseling.

With a heritage dating back 60 years, we are one of the well established specialists in laws relating to IP in the Middle East as well as the Asian continent. For our track record in the Middle East, please see the section titled Our Track Record in the Middle East.

Intellectual property theft in today’s digital age is becoming ever more prevalent and complex. It costs governments and companies a lot more than a first glance would suggest. Much worse are the consumers deceived by counterfeit products. Consumers not only lose financially but sometimes also lose their lives as counterfeits can range from high end luxury goods to life saving drugs and car parts.

Thankachan M Joy

Thankachan M Joy is our exclusively recommended Assurance Services expert in the United Arab Emirates 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).

He 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:

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.

Maria Farrukh Irfan Khan

Maria Farrukh Irfan Khan graduated from Wellesley College with a major in Biochemistry and a minor in Spanish. She was a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Cambridge from where she holds a BA/MA (Law Tripos). Maria was called to the Bar of England and Wales as a member of Lincoln’s Inn and was a recipient of the Hardwicke Award. Subsequently she has worked in leading international law firms in both London and New York.

Maria is a Senior Partner at UTMPS and spends most of her time at the firm’s offices in the UAE. Her practice focuses on patent and trade mark work, with a special interest in litigation and regional portfolio management for her clients. Maria is a member of INTA, AIPLA, ECTA and other leading IP associations. She has spoken at IACC and other international conferences, as well as authoring papers in various IP publications.

Maria is also an Adjunct Professor at LUMS (SAHSOL), where she introduced a course on Intellectual Property Law and Competition Law.

Maria holds a Patisserie diploma from Le Cordon Bleu, London and enjoys baking and travelling in her spare time.

Firm Overview:

United Trademark & Patent Services is a leading firm of lawyers and consultants specialised in intellectual property (IP) rights and issues. The firm has been serving its global and regional clients with quality services that have won us the leading position we hold today in this specialised field of law.

With a heritage dating back 70 years, we are one of the leading firms in the Middle East, Asia and Africa specialised in intellectual property prosecution and enforcement.

Our services include searching, filing, prosecution, registration, licensing, franchising, transfer of technology, arbitration, dispute resolution, enforcement & litigation, anti-counterfeiting, due diligence and counselling.

Since 1949, United Trademark & Patent Services has protected clients’ intellectual property with an unwavering focus on client satisfaction; providing legal opinions to more than 100 Fortune 500 companies in relation to their intellectual property rights in South Asia, Middle East and Africa.

Over the years, our services have been recognised in numerous instances by both international and local organisations and publications.

Sarmad Hasan Manto

Sarmad Hasan Manto started his legal career in 1998 as a law student and was admitted to the Bar in the year 2000. Currently he is a lifetime member of two Bar Associations.

Sarmad’s specialisation includes trade mark prosecution, negotiations, anti-counterfeiting, litigation, due diligence, franchising, licensing, corporate and regulatory affairs. He has extensive experience in advising brand owners on portfolio development, management, franchising, licensing and enforcement strategies in the tobacco, information technology, electronics, cosmetics, luxury goods, pharmaceutical, foodstuff and auto industries. He also provides advice on a wide range of legal and compliance issues.

Sarmad was instrumental in setting up an ISP in North Africa, and was part of one of the biggest seizures of counterfeit medicines in the Middle East. He has successfully overseen the prosecution of over 20,000 trade mark and patent applications in almost 180 jurisdictions worldwide. On behalf of the firm, he actively advises over 100 of the Fortune 500 companies on contentious and non-contentious issues. He frequently writes about intellectual property issues and is a regular contributor to the INTA Country Guides.

Sarmad’s accolades include the ILO Client Choice Award in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014; and being recognised in the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 WTR 1000 as one of the leading Trademark Professionals in the UAE.

Firm Overview:

United Trademark & Patent Services is a leading firm of lawyers and consultants specialised in intellectual property (IP) rights and issues. The firm has been serving its global and regional clients with quality services that have won us the leading position we hold today in this specialised field of law.

With a heritage dating back 70 years, we are one of the leading firms in the Middle East, Asia and Africa specialised in intellectual property prosecution and enforcement.

Our services include searching, filing, prosecution, registration, licensing, franchising, transfer of technology, arbitration, dispute resolution, enforcement & litigation, anti-counterfeiting, due diligence and counselling.

Since 1949, United Trademark & Patent Services has protected clients’ intellectual property with an unwavering focus on client satisfaction; providing legal opinions to more than 100 Fortune 500 companies in relation to their intellectual property rights in South Asia, Middle East and Africa.

Over the years, our services have been recognised in numerous instances by both international and local organisations and publications.

Mick Todd

Mick Todd is our exclusively recommended Executive Coaching Services expert in Dubai on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Mick directly using the contact details listed above.

Mick is the leader and founder of 2b Limitless. For the past 15 years he has tirelessly made it his mission to help individuals to succeed, to improve their quality of life and help define and achieve their goals.

Mick has worked with a vast array of amazing individuals and high profile regional and global organisations to help them employ proven tools and techniques to unlock their potential and empower them to define their true purpose.

The rituals of sustainable success are his focus. With his support, encouragement and guidance, his clients have expanded their self-awareness and leveraged their innate gifts and talents quickly, effectively and sustainably.

Mick works extensively in the Middle East, Europe and Asia giving individuals, leaders and organisations the tools they need to achieve clarity, direction and success.

Firm Overview:

2bLimitless is a global coaching and training company with offices in Dubai, Phuket and Brisbane. Led by Mick Todd our team consists of exceptional coaches and trainers with both regional and global experience.