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Name: Qays Hatim Zu’bi
Firm Name: Zu’bi & Partners Attorneys & Legal Consultants
Country: Bahrain
Expertise: Corporate Law

Telephone: +973 17 538600
Fax: +973 17 532342
Email: [email protected]

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Professional Biography:

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.

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