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Announcement - New member of The Lawyer Network in UAE

Published: 24 September 2021

We are delighted to announce that Ashraf El Motei of 'Motei & Associates' has joined The Lawyer Network. Ashraf has joined the network as our exclusive Dispute Resolution member in UAE.

Ashraf heads the dispute resolution practice in M&A. He specializes in civil and commercial contentious matters and has particular focus on international arbitration. His practice encompasses a broad spectrum of substantive areas with specific focus on all types of real estate disputes including sale and purchase disputes, distressed/canceled developments, enforcement of judgments and security, employment, professional negligence and health care disputes.

In addition to his civil litigation practice, Ashraf has represented clients in numerous arbitration cases under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC). He advises on all aspects of the arbitral process, from the amicable negotiations prior to the commencement of proceedings, throughout the enforcement of final awards, either in the country of issue of worldwide pursuant to the New York Convention. He has also served as arbitrator and co-arbitrator in several significant arbitrations.

Ashraf commenced his legal career as a Public Prosecutor in Egypt prior to moving to private practice with international law firm Baker & McKenzie. Prior to establishing Motei & Associates in 2002, Ashraf was the regional general counsel for the multinational food company Nestlé.

Ashraf handles cases in Arabic, English and French with equal proficiency.

If you have a requirement in this area, please get in touch with Ashraf via the below profile.

We welcome Ashraf to the network and look forward to working with him on future transactions.

Ashraf El Motei
Motei & Associates
Practice Area:
Dispute Resolution
Phone Number:
+971 4 435 5959
+971 4 435 5858
MEET ASHRAF | 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 (MAF), 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.    AREA OF EXERTISE | 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 (management misconduct, fraud, theft), construction, professional negligence, agency and employment disputes. Ashraf has over two decades recognized expertise in real estate disputes and has represented buyers in over numerous cases including sale and purchase disputes, delayed handover, discrepancy in saleable area, canceled projects, landlord and tenant disputes. Ashraf has also a recognized expertise in international arbitration. He has represented clients in numerous arbitration cases under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC-LCIA), 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. EDUCATION | Ashraf graduated from Cairo School of Law. He holds a Master’s degree from Paris I Pantheon La Sorbonne, and a Master’s degree (LL.M.) from Southern Methodist University (SMU) School of Law, Dallas, Texas. He is a certified member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb) London. Outside the legal field, Ashraf is a certified practitioner of Nero Linguistic Programing (NLP), London, and a certified Blockchain & Law Professional from Blockchain Council, California, USA.  

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