Grace El Mahmoud Marabe

Grace El Mahmoud Marabe is our exclusively recommended Business Law expert in the United Arab Emirates on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Grace directly using the contact details listed above.

Business law, often known as commercial law or mercantile law, is the body of regulations controlling inter-person interactions in commercial concerns, whether established by convention, agreement, national or international legislation.

Business law is divided into two distinct categories: (1) the laws governing companies, partnerships, agencies, and bankruptcy; and (2) the laws governing contracts and allied sectors, which govern business transactions.

Firm Overview:

LMG provides bespoke and competitive solutions to meet your business and organisational needs.

LMG Consultants is a British & Emirati Management Consultancy Company, which provides bespoke and competitive solutions to meet your business and organisational needs.

Our team of Consultants have over thirty years of combined experience in management consulting, project management, coaching and training, business development and corporate strategy. We offer diligent, straightforward and practical solutions based on our vast experience and extensive network across various sectors.

We assist companies and individuals who seek to do business in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Africa with strategic, operational and organisational solutions.

We pride ourselves on having extensive knowledge of sub-Saharan Africa and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) markets and offer our clients a unique Western and Middle Eastern perspective of doing business successfully in those regions.

Nevin Jacob Koshy

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

Nevin 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 specialisation in Intellectual Property Law from the University of London and has numerous other degrees which he has taken during his professional career.

Nevin 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 organisations 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.

Nevin 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.

Advisory Excellence Appoints Nevin Jacob Koshy and United Trademark & Patent Services in the United Arab Emirates (

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 (

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 (

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.