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Nazanin Aleyaseen

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Nazanin Aleyaseen is a senior member of the International Arbitration team. She regularly advises and represents international and UAE-based companies in DIAC, DIFC-LCIA, ADCACC and ICC administered arbitration proceedings as well as ad hoc proceedings. She has full advocacy rights, and advises and represents clients, in disputes before the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts.

Ms. Aleyaseen is also a partner in the Dubai office’s Labour, Employment and Workplace Safety practice which is recognized and ranked by Chambers Global in 2014 and 2015. She acts as exclusive employment counsel to multinational corporations with operations in the MENA and GCC region.

Before settling in Dubai in 2008, she practiced in Toronto, Canada and has published several articles relating to litigation and arbitration as well as employment and labour law.

Additional Information

  • “Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Dubai: Has a New Gateway been blazed by the DIFC Courts in DNB Bank ASA v Gulf Eyadah Corporation?,” Lexis Middle East Law Alert, April 2016
  • “An Inconvenient Case? The Treatment of a Saudi Forum Selection Clause in Petersen v Boeing Co.,” Lexis Middle East Law Alert, August 2015
  • "Labour and Employment Relations in the UAE," Martindale Legal Library, November 2011 (co-author)
  • “Dispute Resolution and Arbitration in the UAE,” Chapter of PLC Cross-border Handbook, Volume 2, 2010/2011 (co-author)
  • “Taking the Arbitration Route,” Property Monthly, August 2010 (co-author)
  • “Filling the Regulatory Gap,” Property Monthly, June 2010
  • “Ending the off-plan Stalemate,” Property Monthly, May 2010 (co-author)
  • “Conflicted Counsel: Acting as a Source of a Deponent’s Knowledge, Information, and Belief,” Ontario Bar Association – Civil Litigation Newsletter, October 2007 (co-author)
  • Acting for the Saudi subsidiary of a leading Spanish manufacturer in a dispute against a multinational construction joint venture metro project in which multiple complex claims were brought against each party. Arbitration was seated in the DIFC under the ICC Rules.
  • Acting for a Japanese conglomerate in relation to its dispute arising out of the development and operation of hotels in the Middle East. Arbitration was seated in Dubai under the ICC Rules.
  • Acting for a tobacco manufacturer against claims asserted in two Ras Al Khaimah civil court actions, a criminal court action, and an arbitration, in respect of allegations of fraud concerning the quality of processed tobacco, claims for unpaid invoices and losses arising from the procurement of raw materials. Arbitration was seated in Dubai under the DIFC-LCIA Rules.
  • Acting for a publicly listed foreign company in a claim arising out of an abandoned residential/commercial property development in the Emirate of Ajman. Arbitration was seated in Dubai under the DIAC Arbitration Rules.
  • Acting for the largest telecommunications company in Europe in all aspects of litigation and arbitration proceedings arising from breach of advisory services agreements, including confidentiality provisions by telecom advisory business based in the Middle East. Arbitration was seated in the DIFC under the DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Rules.
  • Acting for a French investment firm against a national UAE financial institution in relation to a joint venture for a REIT (the first ever in the UAE). Arbitration was seated in the DIFC under the DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Rules.
  • Acting on behalf of one of UAE’s largest developers in proceedings to stay enforcement proceedings of DIAC arbitration award in the DIFC Courts.
  • Acting for a global oil and gas company against a regional enabling works contractor. The disputes arose out of the breach and termination of a construction contract for enabling works at a bulk liquid storage facility at the Salalah Port in Oman. Arbitration was seated in the DIFC under the DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Rules.
  • Acting for a Qatari investment company against a Dubai-based defense contractor arising out of a sponsorship agreement. The Arbitration was ad hoc seated in Doha under the UNICETRAL Rules.
  • Representation of a leading Middle East real estate investment company in:
    • a number of real estate and tenancy disputes, including eviction proceedings, before the DIFC Registrar of Real Property, the Dubai Rental Disputes Settlement Centre (which has exclusive jurisdiction over rental and tenancy disputes) and, to the extent that these matters involve criminal elements (i.e., non-payment of rent and bounced cheques), before the police, public prosecutor and criminal courts. These proceedings include actions in respect of breaches of payment obligations, operating without the necessary licences from the local authorities and failing to fit-out and operate a business from the leased premises within specified timeframes.