Legal business DWF has appointed construction, infrastructure and projects director Faisal Attia to the firm’s construction team in Dubai, where he will advise DWF’s developer and construction clients throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Faisal joins from Tamimi & Company in Dubai, where he was a senior associate in the firm’s construction arbitration team, prior to which he acted on high value MENA arbitration as a State Counsel to the Egyptian government.
As one of the only Arabic-speaking construction law specialists in the MENA region, Faisal’s practice concentrates on conducting arbitration and litigation for complex construction and commercial disputes for public and private clients. He also advises on the interpretation of local Middle Eastern substantive and procedural laws and has significant experience in resolving construction disputes under various UK and international arbitration rules. Faisal also sits as arbitrator.
Recent experience includes acting for a developer in an AED 500million arbitration relating to quality and delays claims under ICC arbitration rules; acting as co-counsel for a contractor in an AED 250million arbitration concerning the construction of a residential development in Dubai; and acting for a subcontractor in an ICC arbitration in connection with the construction of a data centre in Dubai. He also has experience in the energy sector, having advised an Abu Dhabi-based developer on the construction, compliance and liability of a solar plant. As State Counsel, he acted in high-value construction and investor-state disputes and represented Egypt on significant international arbitration claims including a $70million USD construction claim in relation to an Egyptian port.
Faisal commented: “With a growing profile in the MENA region and the support of the firm’s national UK construction, infrastructure and projects team, DWF is well placed to help clients capitalise on the increasing opportunities offered by the thriving construction market in the Middle East, and I look forward to helping further develop the range of services and specialisms we can deliver to clients.”
Chris Ryan, Managing Partner of DWF’s Dubai office, added: “Faisal is an excellent addition to our team in Dubai, bringing impressive expertise in local law and practice which, combined with the wider capability of our teams in the UK, Ireland and Germany, will allow us to deliver an increasingly comprehensive and multi-jurisdictional service to our construction and developer clients in the MENA region.”
DWF launched its Dubai location in early 2015, the firm’s first operation outside of the UK and Ireland, to offer greater support to the firm’s growing base of insurer, real estate and transport clients. This is the firm’s second strategic appointment to its Dubai office in recent months, with Dr. Gordon Blanke, former Counsel and Sector Leader of the International Arbitration practice of Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, Abu Dhabi/Dubai joining as a partner in the firm’s international commercial arbitration team in November 2015.