Natasha Zahid

Senior Associate

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Dubai

P: +971.4.436.3645 F: +971.4.436.3745

International Arbitration and Litigation

  • Represented a major real estate developer on a docket of approximately 80 construction-related litigations and arbitrations pending before UAE courts and regional arbitration institutions, leading factual and legal strategy development and coordinating implementation of strategy with local advocates
  • Represented a major real estate developer in respect of a custodianship claim brought against it by a shareholder relating to corporate management issues
  • Represented a prominent Egyptian businessman in a multi-million dollar arbitration under the Swiss rules brought against him by his business partner for alleged misrepresentation
  • Represented a leading multi-specialist French railway constructor in litigation brought against it by a government owned railway organization in respect of the construction of locomotives in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Represented a major U.S. defense contractor in litigation brought against it by a Saudi company in respect of a U.S. foreign military sales contract for the installation of a software solution in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Represented multinational companies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in respect of employment and unfair dismissal related litigation
  • Represented major U.S. telecommunication and software companies in the United Arab Emirates in respect of employment and unfair dismissal related litigation
  • Represented a major U.S. defense contractor in its multi-million dollar claim against a government owned aviation authority in the United Arab Emirates in respect of non-payment for the development of air traffic control software
  • Advised a leading multinational oil and gas company and its joint venture partner, Japan’s largest general trading company, on issues relating to litigation and the enforceability of international arbitral awards in respect of an LNG project in Iraq
  • Represented a prominent Egyptian businessman in a multi-million dollar arbitration brought against a shareholder for breach of the terms of a put option under the DIAC rules
  • Represented a leading Norwegian company specializing in the transportation and storage of bulk liquid chemicals in its multi-million dollar claim against a contractor for damage to a drillpipe at a well site in Oman
  • Advised on multi-million dollar multijurisdictional fraud litigations and freezing and attachment orders
  • Represented clients and advised on matters involving general contracts, negligence, corporate fraud, professional negligence, banking, mortgages, shipping, construction, trusts, trademark infringements, copyright and defamation before the English courts
  • Participated with leading QCs in Human Rights cases before the Privy Council
  • Participated with leading QCs in shipping and commercial arbitrations at, amongst others, the LCIA
  • Participated with avocats in the Tribunal de Grande Instance, Paris
  • Handled a variety of cases for the Treasury Solicitors, who form part of the British Government Legal Service

Non-Contentious

  • Conducted an internal corporate investigation for a leading provider of GPS technology in the United Arab Emirates in respect of compliance with U.S. government regulations on foreign trade and investments
  • Conducted an internal corporate investigation for a global oilfield service company with its head office in the U.S. in respect of its compliance with U.S. antiboycott laws and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Conducted an internal corporate investigation for a leading U.S. supplier of technology, integrated project management and information solutions in respect of its compliance with U.S. antiboycott laws and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Advised on securities’ regulations in the United Arab Emirates
  • Conducted due diligence for a consortium of oil and gas investors in respect of a proposed acquisition of shares of an oil and gas company with assets in Tanzania and Mozambique
  • Conducted due diligence for an oil and gas exploration company in respect of the reverse takeover of an oil and gas company with assets in Tanzania and Mozambique
  • Conducted due diligence for one of the largest national oil company groups in India regarding the potential acquisition of a participating interest in a block in Yemen
  • Conducted due diligence for Saudi Arabian multinational companies and airlines relating to education and aviation projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Conducted due diligence for a leading international petroleum company in respect of its proposed acquisition of shares in an oil and gas company
  • Advised on pledge and security documentation for companies and banks established in the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Advised on corporate restructuring of leading companies in the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Advised on a multi-million dollar joint venture between a leading United Arab Emirates group of companies and an Australian developer for the construction of housing projects in Abu Dhabi
  • Advised on all aspects of United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabian Labor Law (including termination of employees, unfair dismissal and end of service payments)
  • Advised on the development of the Continuous Linked Settlement banking system in the United Arab Emirates
  • Advised on financing of share acquisitions, offering and listing of equity shares, and dividend distributions in respect of IPOs in the United Arab Emirates
  • Advised on funds, investment agreements, and related documentation in the United Arab Emirates
  • Participated as a committee member of Mashreqbank’s Basel II committee
  • Participated on behalf of Mashreq bank in the UAE Central Bank Committee formed to advise on the financial aspects of the proposed U.S.-UAE Free Trade Agreement
  • Advised on the structuring of a multi-million dollar finance facility for a leading United Arab Emirates group of companies involved in the development of consumer retail products
  • Advised on the mandate of banks appointed as advisors to a consortium in respect of arranging and financing a turnkey bid for the development of a light rail for Dubai
  • Advised Mashreqbank as financial advisor and lead manager on proposed public offerings of global depository receipts and other securities to be listed on the Dubai International Financial Exchange (DIFX)
  • Advised on multi-million dollar syndicated loan and credit facilities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates
  • Advised on real estate projects and leasing arrangements in the United Arab Emirates
  • Advised a leading Swiss global insurance provider on compliance with insurance regulations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia