Charles S Laubach

Partner, Dubai Office

Mr Laubach has been practicing as a legal consultant in the UAE since 1986. He advises on general corporate matters, contracts and government procurements, project finance, employment, and international trade controls.

Mr Laubach has been involved in numerous high monetary value financing and re-financing transactions. In addition, he provides specialised expertise regarding US, UN and other sanctions, boycotts and controls affecting exports to, investments in and transactions with certain designated countries and with regard to the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other bribery prohibitions.

Since the late 1990s, Mr Laubach has been the author of the standard industry UAE law opinions on the various financial agreements used by the ICMA and the SLRC, enabling ICMA and SLRC members to enter into complex financial transactions with counterparties in the UAE.  

Mr Laubach is well versed in all aspects of UAE and DIFC employment matters and assists clients in preparing employment documentation, and advises on compensation schemes, incentive schemes, confidentiality and non-compete clauses, and workforce reduction programmes. He assists with the employment aspects of mergers, acquisitions and other corporate restructurings, and handles contentious matters. 

Recognised as 'Lexology Legal Influencer for Employment (Asia-Pacific) Q2 2020', by Lexology.

Commended as 'External Counsel of the Year 2017', by In-House Community.

Voted as 'External Counsel of the Year 2013' in Asian MENA Counsel's Corporate Asia & Middle East In-house Community Survey.

Head of department Charles Laubach 'brings a wealth of experience' when representing clients. He is active in a broad range of corporate restructurings and acquisitions. - Chambers Global 

Charles Laubach is ‘a great all-rounder’ who is ‘one of those guys that you call up, give him three minutes, and he’s already getting things done.’  - Chambers Global 


  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Infrastructure and Project Finance
  • Construction
  • Employment
  • Military Procurement and Offset Projects
  • International Trade Controls and Sanctions


  • Pennsylvania Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar


  • MA, Islamic Studies University of Pennsylvania, 1985
  • JD, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1984
  • MA, University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, 1981
  • BA, Dartmouth College, 1979


  • English
  • French
  • Arabic
  • Urdu