Afridi & Angell is a leading, full-service business law firm in the United Arab Emirates (the ‘UAE’).  The firm, one of the most established in the UAE, was founded in 1975 and celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2015. 

Over its 40-year history Afridi & Angell brought an innovative approach to the legal industry by delivering services grounded in a passion for law, entrepreneurial vision, legal ingenuity and a culture of excellence. The firm quickly developed a reputation for dynamic client service, business acumen and legal expertise.

By embracing the entrepreneurial spirit of the firm’s founders, Afridi & Angell attracted some of the brightest legal talent to reinforce its leading position in the legal market. The firm’s history and reputation for quality legal work has made it an integral part of the UAE’s legal landscape. Its unique advantage lies in the strong relationships it has built with its clients and government. That is a tribute to the versatility and credentials of its lawyers who are trained in international jurisdictions, and bring with them a wealth of international experience.

The firm’s primary focus has been, and continues to be, on building a solid, sustainable and reputable practice that continues to evolve and adapt to changing business and legal environments. Afridi & Angell has always recognised the importance of staying true to the principles of its founders – focusing on excellence and retention of exceptional talent, and identifying with client needs and interests.


1975 M.A.K. Afridi opens the firm’s first office in Kuwaiti Building in Deira, Dubai.
1976 The firm opens its Sharjah office.
1981 The firm opens its Abu Dhabi office.
1982 Afridi & Angell, Dubai moves to the Dubai World Trade Centre.
1992 Afridi & Angell, Dubai moves to City Tower I.
2000 Afridi & Angell, Dubai moves to Jumeirah Emirates Towers.
2007 The firm is registered in the Dubai International Financial Centre.
2014 Afridi & Angell, Abu Dhabi moves to the Towers at the Trade Center.

‘Afridi & Angell’s advice is always pragmatic, useful and practical; some other firms may know the theory, but do not understand how local practice may affect legal matters.’
Legal 500 EMEA, 2011