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 (

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 (Accounting) 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 (USA and Switzerland), 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 (SME’s) 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.

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.