Welcome to STA,

With 7 offices in 4 major jurisdictions,
STA is a fast growing
Dubai based law firm

our team

Our team advises on corporate and commercial law matters including incorporation of companies throughout the Middle East, property and construction related matters, and providing escrow related assistance and advice.

 

advisory jurisdictions

  • Middle East Dubai, Qatar (Doha), Bahrain and Oman
  • Asia India, Pakistan, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand
  • Europe UK, Austria, France and Sweden Whilst Middle East

who we are

STA always had the vision of building one of the Middle East's premier full service law firms.

STA is an international law firm with global legal practice. Our attorneys have solid transactional and dispute resolution capabilities and specialize in corporate, commercial and civil legal services. STA's Dubai law firm advises national and multinational corporations, financial institutions, insurance and banking clients on matters ranging from day to day business decisions to the most complex and challenging business transactions.

Our lawyers in Dubai provide seamless, high quality and expertly vetted legal counsel in all areas of law including corporate laws, commercial laws, Dubai real estate law, construction and engineering, banking and finance, insurance and reinsurance, marine, aviation and trade and energy law.

In established, emerging as well as local jurisdictions, our attorneys have the expertise and proven capability to deliver result oriented legal advice to our clients. Our diverse team of attorneys aim at understanding client's objectives, unlocking clients' ambitions and providing responsive, practical and consistent quality of legal services. Our attorneys combine excellent academic background with proven experience. The firm has one of the largest real estate and property teams in the world. The firm is ranked as a top tier law firm by all legal directories.

Corporate and multinational clients appoint us as their expert counsels and we are instructed on a broad spectrum of legal issues. Our attorneys in Dubai and team of lawyers in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah advice almost all key industries and these include banks and financial institutions, fast moving consumer goods, financial services, healthcare, leisure and retail, transport, automotive, shipping and logistics, and professional services.

With seven offices in four major jurisdictions, we promise to deliver bespoke legal advice to all our clients, through building long term partnerships with them. This means putting clients' interests at the very heart of our process, and delivering value for money at every stage to assist in controlling costs and indemnity we spend, providing quality advice and protecting clients' brand as well as their reputation.

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Our Vision and Values

Quality

We well understand that in many events. when a client contacts us, the simple answers may have already been explored. We embrace the challenge (that comes with) bringing even the most complex arrangements to sucessful completion

Business Knowledge

We take every care and caution in understanding business requirements of our clients.

Incisive Advice

Our spirited teamwork and practice focused teams are dedicated to delivering incisive advice on UAE laws.

Capability & Credibility

We already have set platforms to prove our capability and credibility. We take responsibility for our actions.

our team

Our team advises on corporate and commercial law matters including incorporation of companies throughout the Middle East, property and construction related matters, and providing escrow related assistance and advice. We have advised overseas and domestic clients on matters pertaining to cross border acquisitions, formation of companies in Middle East, South East Asia (Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Pakistan and India), and represent a wide variety of clients for drafting and filing of patent claims. Our team members have significant experience in the area of international tax aspects and legal issues arising out of valuation of companies pursuant to a merger and/or amalgamation.

We have been involved in advising state government of India to review the law on information and technology. We do solicit inquiries pertaining to international e-commerce regulations, online payment mechanism(s)and regulatory approvals before the European Union and other south East Asian countries. In representative capacity, we have also advised the government of United Arab Emirates on corporate law matters. Our professional services have also been extended to some of the biggest turnkey projects in the Middle East and Asia.

 

Expertise

Mining

In today’s competitive business environment, the mining industry is becoming a very attractive option for foreign investors. New projects are being launched, but we can appreciate that foreign investors will find the mining industry can be complex. Issues can arise from wide a range of transactions occurring in this industry from mining to smelting, refining and trading. We have experienced lawyers who can advise clients globally in the mining, minerals and the steel industry.

Our attorneys advise on setting up new business in Dubai, registering limited liabilities companies and free zone companies in Dubai and the UAE. We cover all matters of corporate governance and corporate restructuring within the ambit of our practice.

We advise and represent our clients in the mining and metal company industries which include all aspects of due diligence and negotiation.

At STA, our other areas of expertise include dealing with transactions in the capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, project finance and infrastructures.

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Health Care

STA lawyers are trained in the healthcare industry to take care of the most detailed diagnostic, preventative remedial and therapeutic services, including doctors, nurses and hospitals and other private, public and voluntary organizations that may need our legal services. We have considerable knowledge and experience in the healthcare industry, and in the ambulatory healthcare services (dentists, physicians, and nurses).

We have advise on existing laws and regulations based on our experience in healthcare matters and our litigation skills developed in trials and hearings. Our services for litigation are comprehensive for any dispute arising out of healthcare situations and we aim to achieve the best results for our clients.

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Banking

STA lawyers advise extensively on matters of general commercial finance and Islamic finance. Our banking and finance team is versatile and works on challenging deals on turnkey projects and matters of finance.

We have advised some of the major banks in the region on their arrangements in loan and project finance. Our experience extends to cross border structuring of shariah compliance.

Our banking and finance team offers specialized services for major aspects of finance, including loan finance, asset finance, project finance, structured products, debt restructuring, debt capital markets and dealing with corporate insolvency matters.

Islamic finance has of late gained greater appreciation amongst the masses, particularly in the Middle East. The sector continues to grow in international markets and our attorneys have successfully advised conventional banks to expand their expertise in the areas of Islamic finance. With a clearer market target and better returns, Islamic finance is expected to grow in the coming years.

STA attorneys advise on major aspects of Islamic finance including takaful (insurance), murabaha, Istisna, ijara and listing of sukuk on Dubai International Financial Exchange (DIFX). We advise financial institutions on the advantages that this field offers to the traditional banking system. Islamic finance is a complex field and requires the expertise and application of shariah principles. Our attorneys ensure that the best international practices and standards are taken into account when maintaining shariah compliance.

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Insurance Practice

We have experienced lawyers on hand who are qualified in the insurance sectors and whose expertise lies in advising and setting up insurance businesses within the GCC. In addition, they can provide expertise on product liabilities and health insurance liabilities.

We also advise on company procedures and best practices for employers to maintain the best safety policies for the workplace that an employer has to create for a safe working environment. We review, draft, and amend all sorts of insurance policies for our corporate clients.

Our lawyers are at hand to advise a large number of domestic as well as international clients. We help our international clients to meet their business goals by addressing any issues and concerns and finding the right solutions to their insurance problems.

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Technology, Media & Entertainment

Technology

Business and technology are always evolving and our lawyers have a full spectrum of knowledge in media, broadcasting, films and entertainment, as well as information technology, outsourcing, ecommerce, advertising, marketing and the privacy industry. We deal with all aspects of technology, media and entertainment industry. Our services range from drafting commercial agreements including maintenance agreements, intellectual property including trademarks, design, and copyright, outsourcing and software licensing.

Media

We take into consideration, the commercial and technical legal aspects involved in the functioning and operation of the media industry.

Our entertainment lawyers focus on ensuring that our client’s needs are met and their interests are protected. We have a thorough grasp of the commercial and legal issues surrounding the media and entertainment industry and we provide practical advice to our clients on all matters relating to creative arts such as music, dance, films, theatre, mobile content, digital technology, Internet and television.

Entertainment

Our lawyers have the expert knowledge require to give advice to our clients within this sector on a vast range of legal issues on commercial matters, transactional work, corporate issues, intellectual property and dispute resolutions. Our clients come from different sectors including, telecommunications, software, e-commerce and media companies.

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HOSPITALITY

Our lawyers have expertise in many areas of the hospitality industry and know that the hospitality industry faces challenges in today’s environment, so our team are there to advise and represent companies in the hospitality industry including inbound and outbound tourism, hospitality, real estate, hotels, clubs, restaurant and bars and all other areas of hospitality throughout the GCC.

We ensure that our client’s interests are protected at all times and work with our clients towards resolving the issues which can arise in the following areas:

  • third party liabilities
  • premise liabilities
  • product liability
  • insurance disputes
  • employment disputes
  • constructions disputes
  • security liability
  • landlord tenant disputes, and
  • real estate conflicts

In the past we have advised on numerous projects including:

  • hotels and condominiums
  • timeshare and fractional projects
  • real estate investments and
  • Dubai Strata law

Mergers and acquisitions are a major part of the hospitality industry and disputes can happen at any time. We are there to give practical advice to our clients to protect their interests.

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Real Estate

Lawyers at STA have extensive experience and knowledge in representing and acting for most of the major real estate developers, investors, wealth funds, contractors and private property owners in the UAE. Our lawyers are experienced in handling specialized commercial property transactions, acquisitions, sale of real estate units that often result from and within commercial transactions.

Our expertise also extends to and setting up some of the largest real estate projects in the United Arab Emirates.

Our property attorneys have the requisite knowledge, experience and proven capabilities to handle property transactions of all levels. We regularly advise on sale and purchase of real estate, strata law and community declaration, letting and sub-sale, tender processing and auction bids and litigation. We have acted for large property large developers in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and also advised on large turnkey projects, development and management rights, strata and jointly owned property schemes, financing arrangements and handover procedures.

Real Estate Due Diligence

Our lawyers carry out a detailed assessment of all material documents prior to engaging in due-diligence of real estate projects that we handle on behalf of our clients. Within the scope of such due-diligence we cover a detailed analysis of the risks and key changes necessary for a peaceful hand over operation. Our due diligence is extensive and includes necessary inquiries with government authorities, land department, escrow agents and insurers as well as banks who work with relevant parties to assess and understand the required data and information.

Our team has been involved in carrying out the drafting and reviewing of real estate projects including residential, mixed use, man-made island and townships. We have undertaken drafting of all third party agreements, including sale purchase agreements, leases, addendums, complex rules and regulations and accompanying agreements.

Within the Emirate of Dubai, the government introduced the Jointly Owned Property Law, Law No. 27 of 2007 (the Strata Law). We have expertise in drafting documents relating to the Strata Law including advisory on the importance of the owner’s association and the jointly owned property law.

Real Estate project ongoing and close out issues

Our lawyers work closely with the construction teams and handle the on-site assembly (including statutory procures such as CPO and appropriation), planning, negotiation with third parties, including investors, contractors, and consultants, thereby finalizing the relevant arrangements between each of the parties and ensuring that the framework is independent, transparent and free from any discrepancies. We ensure that every transaction is completed in the most cost effective manner, and aim to resolve differences that may otherwise give rise to complex and expensive litigation.

Real Estate litigation

Our attorneys represent a sizeable number of investors and significant corporate houses in matters of litigation before the courts. Our attorneys are licensed to practice before most local courts thoroughout the United Arab Emirates including Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. We also handle matters before the arbitration centers in different jurisdictions and have won successful awards on behalf of our clients.

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Energy and Natural Resources

STA is a premier law firm with several locally and internationally qualified, experienced lawyers. Our oil and gas practice offers an unrivalled depth of experience across the full spectrum: oil and gas, global energy, chemicals, mining and infrastructure.

The firm has extensive experience in performing for foreign multinationals in the sale and purchase of oil and gas businesses in both onshore and offshore projects. Our Energy Projects lawyers advise on project planning and structuring, project development and re-development, construction, and operation along the entire energy supply chain, including upstream, midstream, and downstream oil, gas, and LNG projects, power and petrochemical projects, and renewables projects.

Deregulation and privatization have taken traditional energy markets to new levels creating great opportunities for investors, and financiers as well as the operators. With limited oil reserves and growing concerns over carbon emissions, energy companies & enterprises are looking for cleaner ways of generating power.

Our Energy, Commodity and Natural Resources team brings together a multidisciplinary team to advise energy companies, investors, utilities, regulators, governement bodies and other industry participants. We have experience of negotiating the way through complex legal issues, whether helping governments plan and implement reform or assisting new players in the business of generation, transmission, distribution and supply.

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FMCG

Modern technology, advancement in the field of biotechnology and nanotechnology, removal of trade barriers and development in automobile and aviation sector leading to east transportation of goods between the countries has increased the number of fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies and also their business portfolio. With this increase, FMCG’s also see a notable rise in their commercial and legal matters such as parallel importation, counterfeit products, commercial disputes and trademark infringement related claims.

Our lawyers have extensive knowledge in legal labeling and we are able to tailor our services to create a precise detailed solution to resolve our client’s requirements. We provide a proactive approach to ensure that we find the best way to help your business to comply with the regulations of the United Arab Emirates.

Our team’s expertise in different sectors of industry makes us better able to deal with the consumer goods business. Certain industry practices require a strategic and careful approach, for a better operation of the business. Often such a strategic approach requires us to advise our clients to reorganize the company structure to fit in with the fast moving consumer goods business.

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Corporate

In today’s competitive market, success is very challenging to multinational companies who take caution in everything they do. Whether it’s a business you are incorporating or a closely-held family business, the enforcement environment is ever changing and you cannot assume that you know the new landscape. STA provides corporate advise to its clients, most of whom are from distinct backgrounds, industry sectors and various businesses.

Our extensive knowledge of corporate and commercial laws at a global level has allowed us to structure companies and organizations, which in turn has assisted our clients in making their presence felt in the competitive market. Our attorneys are trained to help and assist new businesses, by defining and structuring the form of businesses, preparing necessary documents for the organizations of the business, and preparing agreements for ownership. We handle company formation in Dubai and company incorporation in UAE. Our attorneys advise on setting up new business in Dubai, registering limited liabilities companies and free zone companies in Dubai and the UAE. We cover all matters of corporate governance and corporate restructuring within the ambit of our practice.

Our corporate practice extends to a wide range of industries including:

  • Banking
  • Construction
  • Aviation
  • Energy
  • Fast moving consumer goods (FMCG)
  • Insurance sector
  • Healthcare
  • Information technology
  • Mobile devices
  • Technology
  • Textiles
  • Telecommunications
  • Investment banking
  • Underwriting firms.

Our corporate advisory covers and includes advising on operational arrangements, strategic alliances and joint venture and other arrangements including code sharing, frequent flyer programs and policies, e-commerce and business to business models, ground-handling, and maintenance and operational arrangements, fuel supply and intellectual property. We also handle and negotiate settlement and restructuring agreements, and give advice on bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings.

Extensive legal exposure to variant industry sectors equips us with a better understanding and innovative approach to complex legal matters.

Our range of services includes:

  • Advising on local statute laws including DIFC, UAE Commercial Companies Law, shareholder governance and dispute resolution;
  • advising on board and committee structure and composition, rights and liabilities of company directors including oversight and fiduciary duties, code of ethics, indemnity and related aspects;
  • advising on legislative, regulatory or policy initiatives affecting governance and liability, including regulatory changes;
  • providing advising on management of share capital including the transfer of shares, conversion of capitals and other related assistance;
  • advising on all forms of company incorporation and structuring in accordance with the prevailing laws of the Middle East and related jurisdictions;
  • advising on contentious shareholders dispute and termination of shareholder agreement; and
  • developing and maintaining crisis-avoidance strategies.
Mergers and Reorganizations

STA partners have a wealth of knowledge and experience in counselling clients in business acquisitions and dispositions.

Our corporate and commercial practice extends to the mergers and reorganization of industry and to our corporate clients.

Our team’s expertise in different sectors of industry makes us better equipped to deal with matters of mergers and reorganizations. Certain industry practices require a strategic and a careful approach, to improve control of the business.

From a long term perspective, we advise our clients on matters of reconstruction. Such clients include accountancy practices, consultancy companies and real estate corporations. We regularly advise clients on company reorganization and listing. We have advised our past clients on matters of conversion from a privately owned to a listed company. We are dedicated to meeting the needs of both the buyer as well as the seller. By taking the value of the corporate entity into consideration, we understand the corporate entity that is being acquired or sold by taking vital corporate constituents and related matters into hand.

We regularly advise our clients on the reorganization and restructuring of companies with a view to achieving business viability and market value. Our clients appreciate the depth of our knowledge and the important legal advice we can offer which is relevant to the growth and development of their businesses.

We offer our clients a dedicated team of attorneys with the ability to handle complex legal issues promptly and effectively in matters including, but not limited to, IPOs, joint ventures, tax matters, intellectual property and litigation. We have advised several private placements and private equity deals for both issuers and investors throughout the United Arab Emirates.

Joint Ventures

Our lawyers are proficient in all matters relating to joint venture and corporate alliances which usually requires an in-depth study of the proposals and carrying out compliance checks. STA attorneys understand the clinical ties of such transactions and ensure all requirements are met before, the execution of such business arrangements between the parties.

Our attorneys take into consideration all aspects of the contractual liabilities that arise in joint venture transactions. The basis of a successful strategic alliance and/or joint venture lies in appropriate structuring and further ensuring that all objectives are realised and ambiguities are clarified to the best possible extent.

At STA, we expect our lawyers to have a mutual and cooperative involvement when dealing with clients in the process of the finalization of joint ventures. We ensure that proper due diligence forms the bases of joint venture transactions are undertaken. We include in our scope of work, the different aspects relating to financing, licensing, market study and research. Our reputation on strategic advise to our clients is unmatched and our clients rely on our expertise.

Joint ventures and strategic alliances often call for cross border negotiations, research and comprehensive due diligence. As our client’s attorneys, we ensure that the scope of work is well covered at our end.

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Commercial

STA is a premier research based legal group with a solid regional presence that brings together dynamic solutions and delivers an unprecedented level of service to our clients. Our commercial contracts advisory is pivotal to everything we do and remains central to all our practice areas. Commercial matters require a thorough and trusted legal opinion in today’s competitive global market. We regularly handle transactions that require a combination of complex, bespoke, novel, and at times critically challenging, contract documentation to suit the particular requirements of the transaction and entities involved.

Our attorneys are capable of delivering the legal framework required to balance your business needs, and are also capable of exploiting opportunities and risks. Our attorneys expend considerable effort and resources in researching our clients' background, allowing us not only to draft and negotiate your deals from a legal perspective, but also to know what is important and suitable for your business.

Our team provides a full range of practical advice on:

  • customer and supplier agreements consultancy agreements;
  • software and development contracts;
  • franchising and area development agreement;
  • advertising and marketing;
  • supply chain management;
  • licensing and sponsorship;
  • agency agreement;
  • investment agreement; and
  • partnership and member agreements.

We also advise on joint venture and partnership contracts, strategic alliances, outsourcing and other complex as well as regular commercial transactions. Our interdisciplinary approach allows us to maximize our extensive expertise in many areas in a cost-effective way for our clients. STA regularly advises its clients on matters of cross border trade, acquisitions of retail outlets and hotel deals. We have advised commercial undertakings, real estate developers and banking institutions in commercial matters. We have also assisted our clients in devising an efficient franchise and/or area development agreement, agency agreements, and in other key areas.

Corporate Recovery and Insolvency

Our lawyers are experienced in handling corporate recovery and insolvency cases and we know, that at times of economic difficulties business is very uncertain. If a company does run into financial difficulties we will examine the concerns discreetly and make clients aware of the problems. We will provide advice wherever possible by rescuing and restructuring a company to help it return to profitability. Our approach is careful and wherever possible, we work towards mutually agreeable solutions.

Our lawyers have a range of methods for resolving these issues and have proven experience in assisting businesses from large multi-national companies, to small businesses, consist of partnerships, company directors, insolvency practitioners, banks, administrators, liquidators, and shareholders. We deal with all sorts of intricate structures within our firm and ensure that the client’s needs are met with efficiency and promptly.

The team works closely with other lawyers and advisers who will come with a pragmatic solution for our clients needs. We provide personalized guidance and a dedicated associate for the relevant matter. Our associates help clients in safeguarding their interests within the region and across the globe. Each practice area is assigned to one of our associates who has the expertise to meet the individual needs and will take the time to meet your specific requirements which will be tailor made to the clients wishes.

Our areas of expertise are:

  • Acquisition and disposal of distressed debt;
  • company voluntary arrangements;
  • corporate advisory;
  • corporate finance;
  • cross border insolvency;
  • director’s duties;
  • debt recovery and enforcement;
  • employee claims;
  • freezing orders and injunctions for the recovery of assets;
  • fraudulent cases;
  • risk analysis; and
  • all types of corporate recovery and insolvency

Our lawyers provide detailed due diligence to clients on corporate recovery and insolvency matters.
Our lawyers can help clients in safeguarding their interests and in securing the transactions.

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construction and real estate

STA has a dedicated team of lawyers working on the matters of construction and real-estate. The construction industry is ever-growing and most of our clients are major market players from the industry across the United Arab Emirates, China and India. We understand the need to work analytically with construction industry clients and to apply an ‘outside of the box’ approach.

Industry Insight and Operation

Our lawyers are trained with in-depth experience in real estate law and have handled several turnkey projects including advisory on man-made islands, leisure and residential sectors, office and retail sectors, including mixed-use and urban regeneration projects. We have advised clients in Abu Dhabi on the development, planning, and community development of a world-class luxury island comprised of residential, hotel and commercial facilities. We have acted on behalf of international hotel chains in the acquisition of hotels, and timeshare properties within the United Arab Emirates and overseas.

Our Know How

Our knowledge of the international market and past experience of each of our attorneys enhances our reputation and makes us the preferred choice for our clients. We ensure that dedicated hard work and the ability to connect, remains a plus point for our clients. Our core values ensure the quality of our work is of the highest standard whilst working with the specific industry sectors.

Our Construction and Real Property Practice

Our Construction and Real Estate practice combines a number of varied disciplines to provide comprehensive legal advice and counsel to clients. We advise on:

Drafting and Conveyance

A construction and real estate transaction requires attention to detail. We draft and negotiate services for all types of construction contracts and design agreements, including project finance. We handle government contracts; contracts pertaining to the NEC3 form (new engineering contract), FIDIC contracts, JCT contracts, surety bonds; design professional liability; and other construction-related issues in line with local regulations in United Arab Emirates. We advise on construction risk management and insurance coverage issues for project owners and contractors.

Land Development and Planning

We have advised domestic as well as overseas clients in land development and subdivision matters. In the past, we have advised large property developers on a range of issues including representation on planned unit developments, recreational communities, master communities, district communities, condominiums, island developments, rental pool arrangements and resort infrastructure developments.

Community Development

We have broad experience with residential subdivision matters and mixed-use development, including planned unit developments, planned recreational communities, large and small mixed-use projects, new towns, condominiums, community development districts, resort infrastructure development and the relationship of such projects to related amenities such as schools, retail, golf courses, marinas, water features, environmental preserves, sports arenas and related attractions.

Owner’s Association and Strata Law Advisory

We regularly advise and assist clients in developing effective structures for a successful community plan. Our attorneys specialize in formulating and devising long term sustainable plans for ease of both the developer as well as the resident purchaser including consideration for environmental stewardship and self-sustainability.

Litigation

Please visit our Litigation practice area page to find out more about our property litigation services.

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Banking and Finance

Historically, finance has always been an 'international' character; capital has always been mobile. Money has moved freely across borders for all of civilization with gold and silver being global currencies for millennia. With the passage of time, money has been reverting to its natural state, with removal of capital controls and the gradual re-integration of national capital and banking markets but - now on a global scale.

Rapid advancements in the field of technology, free movement of capital globally, and need to service an increasingly global clientele are creating opportunities that call for establishment of new world class financial centers.

STA has a dynamic group of banking and financial services experts. Our team specialises in high-value, sophisticated transactions, as well as complex legislative and industry issues. Our attorneys have the experience to negotiate and prepare contracts and documents for all types of transactions, including banking, brokering, underwriting and private placement.

Our banking and finance team offers specialized services for major aspects of finance, including loan finance, asset finance, project finance, structured products, debt restructuring, debt capital markets and dealing with corporate insolvency matters. Our senior attorney does advise on:

  • asset finance
  • asset management and investment funds
  • banking
  • commodity and energy trading
  • corporate recovery and restructuring
  • derivatives
  • financial markets litigation
  • insurance and reinsurance
  • islamic finance
  • listing and continuing obligations
  • private funds
  • structuring of portfolio investments and
  • taxation

Islamic finance has gained greater appreciation amongst the masses, particularly in the Middle East. The sector continues to grow in international markets and our attorneys have successfully advised conventional banks on how to expand their expertise in the areas of Islamic finance. Islamic finance has grown significantly in the recent past and continues to gain momentum. STA attorneys’ experiences on major aspects of Islamic finance include takaful (insurance), murabaha, Istisna, ijara and listing of sukuk on the Dubai International Financial Exchange (DIFX). We advise financial institutions on the advantages that this field offers to the traditional banking system. Islamic finance is a complex field and requires the expertise and application of shariah principles. Our attorneys ensure that the best international practices and standards are integrated and taken into account for our clients, and at the same time we ensure that shariah compliance is not compromised.

Financial Regulatory

Our attorneys provide bespoke advice to clients on the regulation programs and codes set by the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA), UAE Central Bank, United Kingdom Financial Services Authority (FSA), Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and other key market regulators including the UAE Ministry of Finance, UAE Ministry of Corporate Affairs and UAE Ministry of Economy and Commerce.

Financial regulation includes advising financial institutions and non-banking financial institutions on matters of compliance with the standards set by the relevant authority.

The financial services industry is ever-growing and remains unpredictable. This industry extends to numerous regional and cross border establishments. Our clients include banks, insurance agencies, hedge funds, asset management firms, government sector regulatory authorities. Our financial regulatory advice and assistance extends to non-banking sectors often in matters involving complex developments. STA attorneys are trained in matters of international taxation and finance. Our corporate team works closely with the financial regulatory team and offers tailored corporate and commercial law advice to our clients.

Asset Based Finance

We handle almost all types of asset-based lending transactions, including discreet collateral (personal, real or intellectual property), subordinated debt, inter-creditor arrangements, and other matters important to asset based lending clients. Our lawyers in the Banking and Finance division have substantial experience in the area of asset-based lending.

Our partners have in the past advised troubled asset based lending institutions with strategies that are formed from our experience over many years with liquidations, bankruptcy events, lender liability issues, troubled finances, and force-majeure events. We evaluate fraudulent transfers, priority and other collateral and credit issues, structuring the credit facility, negotiating and collateral documents. Occasionally however, we also represent borrowers or guarantors in the negotiation and documentation of commercial loans.

If you would like to obtain a copy of our capability statement for this practice area, please contact us and one of our representatives will be in touch.

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If you would like to obtain a copy of our capability statement for this practice area, please contact us and one of our representatives will be in touch.

Intellectual Property

From the printing press to the digital revolution, mankind has been inclined to innovate first and plan later. It goes without saying that in the modern world, technology develops faster than the law. Cell phones and high-tech computers are everyday examples of technologies that have grown beyond their support structures. From aviation to biotech, from telecom to retail, healthcare to hospitality our expertise can help you develop, maintain and secure your intellectual property rights.

Today's competitive environment mandates care and caution in everything you do. In the globalized economy where accelerated product development is the norm, developing, managing and positively maintaining your intellectual property portfolio is critical. Whether you're protecting a new idea or involved in a multi-jurisdictional dispute, you need advisers who can help with all facets of intellectual property law. Our intellectual property practice gives you access to a streamlined service from some of the world's top intellectual property practitioners. We're known for our pragmatic, common-sense approach.

Our intellectual property practice is very diverse, both in terms of clients and the range of legal services provided. We have skilled lawyers, technology experts, and specialist teams to take great care of your intellectual property assets.

We combine the skills of our commercial and litigation intellectual property lawyers with those of our integrated patent & trade marks attorneys allowing us to offer a comprehensive intellectual property service. Our ability to provide seamless advice for the creation, commercialization, management, protection and enforcement of our clients' intellectual property rights sets us apart from our competitors.

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Employment

Employment Law

Today's competitive business environment calls for, the successful management of cordial workplace relations and this has an influence on a company’s reputation and performance. Sound employment policies and procedures are important for every organization operating within the United Arab Emirates (including the freezones) so as to avoid potential pitfalls and resulting adverse publicity.

Within the United Arab Emirates, we advise all corporate and commercial companies on employment matters. We provide our clients with practical responses to the evolving world of new legislation, case law and regulatory changes. We advise on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters in UAE law as well as DIFC Law. Our services include:

Data Protection

Our attorneys can provide legal and procedural advice on data protection laws throughout the UAE (including DIFC) to ensure that all personal data (any information relating to an identifiable natural person) and sensitive personal data is treated fairly, lawfully and securely when it is stored, processed, used or disclosed.

Our lawyers are trained in this field of expertise and can guide employers against internal organisational and workforce related risks which may otherwise give rise to disputes and dismissals.

Company Procedures

We advise on company procedures and, best employment practices, including safety policies for the workplace, that employers need to observe for a safe working environment. We understand that, in order to give the best legal advice, much depends on the organisation's business objectives. Accordingly, our attorneys place great importance on understanding our client’s business and business objective, in order to advise on a sound course of action.

Employment Contracts

Our employment practice extends to drafting, vetting and review of employment contracts. Our employment contracts take into account your business objectives, the nature of your industry and the nature of the position being offered, taking care and caution in order to give you peace of mind. Our employment contracts are tailor-made to suit your precise requirement and our attorneys take the proper and necessary time to understand these aspects prior to drafting any contracts.

Non-compete

Our lawyers are able to help and advise companies on the non-compete clauses provisions incorporated in the employment contracts or ancillary documents signed by an employee.

Our lawyers are trained to advise companies on Non-compete clauses which entitles companies to put provisions in place to prevent employees from working for a competitor upon termination of their employment, or having any business dealings with the employer’s clients or prospective clients soliciting or enticing away clients and employees of the employer.

DIFC Law

Our lawyers have the expert knowledge required to deliver the necessary legal framework which balances the general employment law.

The DIFC has an independent framework of laws that provide a legal and procedural framework to ensure all personal data and sensitive data in the DIFC is kept secure and that those employers treat their employees fairly and lawfully.

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Litigation and Dispute Resolution

In a typically complex, high-value litigation matter, a law firm's ability to manage, review and present the extraordinary quantity of information at issue is critically important. Our broad experience permits us to provide the best possible advice across almost any and every issue that can arise in civil or criminal law suits.

Our team handles diverse litigation matters. Our litigation practice covers commercial transactions, construction and real estate disputes, energy, business matters, criminal law matters, banking and insurance, shipping and maritime as well as franchise litigation. We recognise what our clients’ needs are, and work towards resolving the issues.

We advise our clients that entering into adversarial litigation is not always the most appropriate manner to resolve a dispute. We approach litigation in a pragmatic manner and encourage our clients to do likewise, and focus on sensible and achievable outcomes, we make our clients aware of the alternatives to litigation and advise them to consider the impact that, potentially costly and protracted litigation would have on their business and personal life.

Our lawyers have a range of methods for resolving these disputes, whether in companies, partnerships, private or public sectors. We help many major businesses by managing their disputes and protecting their rights. We are passionate about resolving our clients concerns and we ensure that the most effective and time efficient solutions are adopted for our clients.

Arbitration

Over recent years, we have witnessed an increased interest by businesses in arbitration. Most contracts routinely provide for arbitration as a means to resolve disputes between the parties. It goes without saying that arbitration has several advantages over the traditional court system in many cases.

STA has a dedicated team that practices arbitration. Our approach to arbitration is special and unique. We strongly believe, that ‘good is not enough’. Our team allocates considerable time in researching a client’s background, the matter in hand and the status of the parties involved, prior to taking any step forward. At the same time, we understand that time is of the essence and the right steps and action must be taken to ensure the client’s interests are protected. We represent banks and financial institutions on a wide range of issues. We also represent owners, contractors, sub-contractors, architects, engineering firms, and sureties. We have also been involved in franchise litigation and handled arbitration matters overseas.

Our attorneys are qualified, trained and experienced in handling arbitration matters domestically as well as internationally.

Banking Litigation

STA lawyers have a great deal of understanding and experience of business customs and traditions. Our attorneys provide incisive and detailed advice on almost all types of domestic banking litigation. We handle debt recovery matters, disputes relating to frauds, disputes relating to letter of credit, anti-money laundering crimes, and commercial litigation.

We advise troubled asset based lending institutions with strategies that are founded on our experience of many years, dealing with liquidations, bankruptcies events, lender liability issues, troubled finances, force-majeure events and so on. We evaluate fraudulent transfers, criminal law related matters, priority and other collateral and credit issues, structuring the credit facility, and negotiating collateral documents. Occasionally we will represent borrowers or guarantors in the negotiation and documentation of commercial loans.

Insurance Litigation

We have an extensive knowledge of insurance litigation and help to protect our clients against financial loss; we put this area of expertise at the forefront of our law practice. Our experienced attorneys represent clients on matters relating to product and general liability, financial products, policy drafting, disputes which cover insurance and reinsurance coverage, claims handling, monitoring, and handling complex insurance related litigation.

Franchise litigation

We advise franchise and distribution companies in franchise termination, commercial litigation involved with franchise agreements, trade name and trademark infringement, product liability, securities, employment, system standards enforcement, collection of system royalties and other fees, taxation, non-compete aspects and alternative dispute resolution.

Commercial Litigation

We handle commercial litigation cases which often involve contract disputes and commercial claims, franchise and distribution, commercial lending disputes, business and civil torts related disputes, bankruptcy and recovery of outstanding dues. In each matter, our clients are given a team of dedicated attorneys who are highly qualified and experienced, and who act as the primary contact for coordinating a responsive team built to deliver winning results.

Our experience includes the representation and, as necessary, internal investigation of corporate clients as well as individuals, in anticipation of and in response to, governmental investigations; the litigation of criminal proceedings during the investigation; the negotiation of immunities from public prosecution, and the litigation and trial of complex criminal proceedings from indictment through verdict, sentencing proceedings and/or appeals. We have advised clients on several aspects of civil and criminal proceedings including securities, insider trading, white collar crimes, and general criminal and civil claims.

We employ sophisticated electronic systems and databases and make use of extensive paralegal resources to achieve significant efficiencies for our clients. We work with our clients to adopt the most appropriate course of action. Where litigation is unavoidable, we pursue it rigorously, and efficiently.

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Technology, media & entertainment

The global economic downturn and recovery, political uncertainties around the world, fluctuations in global stock prices, rising price of commodities each of these events has resulted in diverse commercial legal issues within the ever growing media industry.

Our attorneys maintain a close track of these events through our dealings with media professionals. We take the necessary steps to protecting the business interests of our clients and other media participants.

Our specialized team of intellectual property professionals advise on local and international intellectual property laws and our practice covers the broadcasting industry, the music industry and the social media industry, as well as satellite TV networks.

We employ the necessary sophisticated software, document management systems, and requisite infrastructure to develop and maintain intellectual property portfolio for our clients. Other areas we advise in are:

  • copyright law
  • digital rights
  • entertainment law
  • film Production and publishing
  • intellectual property rights
  • internet law
  • media contracts
  • media disputes
  • music copyright
  • publishing agreements and
  • performing rights

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Employment

Today's competitive business environment calls for successful management of cordial workplace relations and this has an influence on organisation's reputation and performance. Sound employment policies and procedures are important for every organization operating within the United Arab Emirates (including the freezones) so as to avoid potential pitfalls and adverse publicity.

Within United Arab Emirates, we advise all corporate and commercial companies on employment matters. We provide our clients with practical responses to the revolving world of new legislations, case law and regulatory changes. We advise on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters on UAE law as well as DIFC Law. Some of our services include:

Data Protection

Our attorneys can provide legal and procedural advice on data protection laws throughout the UAE (including DIFC) to ensure that all personal data (any information relating to an identifiable natural person) and sensitive personal data is treated fairly, lawfully and securely when it is stored, processed, used or disclosed.

Our lawyers are well trained in this field of expertise that can guide and advise employers against the mistakes made by their employees who can arise to disputes and dismissals.

Company Procedures

We also advice on company procedures and best employment practices including safety policies for the workplace that employers need to observe for a safe working environment. We well understand that a specific legal advice is not always the best solution – a lot depends on the organisation's business objectives. Accordingly, our attorneys place importance on understanding our client’s business and business objective in order to devise a sound course of action.

Employment Contracts

Our employment practice extends to drafting, vetting and review of employment contracts. Our employment contracts take in to account your business objectives, nature of industry you are in, nature of position being offered and care and caution that needs to be exercised in order to buy peace of mind. Our employment contracts are tailor-made to suit your precise requirement and our attorneys spend considerable time in understanding these aspects prior to drafting such contracts.

Non-compete

Our lawyers aim to help and advise the corporate companies on the non-compete clauses which are incorporated in the employment contracts or ancillary acquiescent signed by an employee because these non-compete clauses are only valid from the time the employment has been terminated and notice has been served.

Our lawyers are trained to advise the corporate companies on non-competitive clauses as we know they obviates employees from working for a competitor upon termination of their employment , or having any business dealings with the employer’s clients or prospective clients soliciting or enticing away clients and employees of the employer. It’s our expertise which will save the employer from these employees destructing their companies.

DIFC Law

Our lawyers have the expert knowledge which is capable of delivering the required legal framework which balances the employment law. The DIFC has its own laws that provide a legal and procedural framework to ensure that all personal data and sensitive date in the DIFC is treated fairly when it comes to employers treating their employees fairly, lawfully and securely.

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Dispute and Arbitration

Company Incorporation

At STA, a business set up does not only mean acompany incorporation process. It means the start of new relationship with a client. Our team of lawyers in Dubai and offices acrossthe United Arab Emirates take care to ensure your business set up is hassle-free and efficient. Besides company formation in Dubai and UAE, STA’s team also assists in company formations in Russia, company incorporations in Luxembourg and setting up business in India.We don’t just set up companies in haste, we ensure that we understand your business and commercial objectives and offer you the right advice. We have experienced team of professionals, who can offer quality legal advice on complex regulatory compliances, structuring shareholding distribution, choosing the right form of legal entity, defining shareholders rights and obligations, and provide general legal advice on company formations.

Certain activities require the expertise of professionals. We undertake company formation and licensing procedures for companies involved in the business of real estate development, engineering consultancy, recreation and sport, leisure and hospitality, financial institutions, medicine and educational institutions.

STA consultants specialize in advising on all forms of business consultancy including business set up in Dubai and United Arab Emirates (UAE). Our UAE company incorporation publication can be found on our website which provides greater overview of the company structures in UAE.

Generally speaking, investors and foreign companies interested in establishing presence in the United Arab Emirates need to register a local company OR set up a company in designated areas called the ‘free zones’.

Mainland company incorporation

The Department of Economic Development (DED) and the Dubai Chamber of Commerce are the main institutions regulating businesses in Dubai. The types of licenses issued by the DED include:

  • Trading License
    Issued for a limited liability company LLC, public joint stock company PJSC, private shareholding company PSC.
  • Professional License (Civil companies)
    Issued for qualified professionals in the field of engineering, consultancy and medicine.
  • Branch or representative office
    Branch Company can only carry out the activity of the parent company Representative Company can only carry out promotional activities of the parent company.

Free zone company incorporation

A free zone form of entity allows foreign investorsto set up their business and own the entire one hundred percent shareholding in such free zone company.

STA helps in company incorporation for all major free zones in the United Arab Emirates which include:

The Emirate of Dubai offers specialized free zones like DuBiotech, Dubai Media City and few others where industry specific companies are provided licenses to operate. However, small and medium size general businesses look up to the free zones in Northern Emirates for cheaper and effective business set up. The incorporation package for a general trading company, for instance, will cost approximately USD 8,200 with no additional license and office costs.

DUBAI FREE ZONE ABU DHABI FREE ZONES OTHER EMIRATES
Dubai Airport Free Zone Abu Dhabi Airport Free Zone Hamriyah Free Zone
Dubai Media City Twofour54 Ajman Free Zone
Dubai Internet City Khizad SAIF Zone
Dubai Healthcare City   RAK Free Trade Zone
Dubai International Financial Centre    
Dubai Knowledge Village    
Dubai Car and Automotive City    
Dubai Multi Commodities Centre/Jumeriah Lake Towers    
Dubai Silicon Oasis    
Jebel Ali Free Zone    
Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange    

Offshore company incorporation

We assist companies looking to set up an offshore entity by registering the same before JAFZA, RAF offshore and BVI registrar through our network of associates

Publications

Publications
Newsletters
  • UAE Company Incorporation
  • Luxembourg Company Incorporation
  • Company Formation in Iraq
  • Virtual Round Table
  • UAE Intellectual Property
  • DIFC Laws and Regulations
  • VAT
  • Money Laundering
  • Property
  • Real Estate
  • Courts
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Financial Times
  • Taxation
  • FATCA
  • DIFC Court
  • UAE Insurance Law
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Careers

Careers at STA

Welcome to STA's online recruitment. We value each and every member of our team and are always keen at meeting fresh and dynamic talent. We are constantly in search of talented professionals who have not only demonstrated excellent academic credentials and communication skills, but also a strong determination of getting the job done in the right way. Every position on this recruitment portal anticipates that you will be accustomed to people management, networking and desire to grow professionally combined with unquestioned professional and personal integrity.

With increasing demands from our international client base, we also operate from London, Luxembourg, Moscow, and Mumbai. Today we serve corporate entities and individuals across the globe with a team of experienced lawyers in the region. Our attorneys are focused on primary disciplines which feature more than 20 specialized practice areas.

Our Culture

At STA, we are proud of our diverse culture and supportive environment we maintain. Today, providing a high quality service to our clients means advancing our position as knowledgeable, multi-disciplinary service providers with global competence. We recognize and understand the importance of our human asset and are committed to strengthening our community and work force. We have a positive, fun environment that aims to satisfy the individual’s career aspirations. We encourage our people to become an integral part of the team, while striving for personal and professional development.

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Position Practice Area Closing Date Office Location Reporting Apply

Senior Associates – Energy and Projects

Senior lawyers with 7-8+ PQE in UAE are invited to apply for this position. You have a sizable experience in oil and gas, energy projects, and/or infrastructure projects. We invite applications from lawyers based across the GCC. Please ensure that you provide a list of projects you have worked on and your specific input/expertise you contributed towards each of such projects.
Oil and Gas 31 December 2013 Hamriyah/Dubai Partners Apply Now

Senior Associates – Banking

Banking lawyers with 6-7+ PQE in UAE are invited to apply for this position. This position anticipates that you have broad experience in project financing, asset financing, Islamic finance, real estate finance, securitization and leveraged finance.
Banking & Finance 31 October 2013 Dubai/London Partners Apply Now

Paralegals

It is likely that you have great credentials and proven track record. This position anticipates you will be accustomed to people management, networking and desire to grow professionally combined with unquestioned professional and personal integrity. Applications are also open for students interested in a minimum one (1) year internship and training program.
N/A 31 December 2013 Dubai/London Senior Associates Apply Now

Legal secretary

Confident and experienced legal secretary is needed to bring her administrative expertise to this role. You will support firm's practitioners and associates. Ability to work in fast paced environment; and friendly and approachable qualities are desired for this position.
Admin 30 June 2013 Abu Dhabi Associates Apply Now

Office Administrator

The Legal Administrator will work closely with attorneys and paralegals across the department, ensuring the effective administration of our clients' claims handling schemes. Previous experience in a similar role is important.
Admin 30 June 2013 Dubai Partners Apply Now

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