James Bowden

Partner, Dubai Office

Mr Bowden is a transactional and corporate/commercial lawyer with in-depth experience in the UAE. Prior to joining Afridi & Angell, Mr Bowden gained in-depth technology outsourcing experience while working as in-house counsel with one of Canada's leading technology companies. He is well regarded by clients for his pragmatic approach and commercial awareness, and for his exceptional service oriented attitude. Mr Bowden represents clients of all sizes and across many industries including prominent UAE business groups, UAE and foreign government bodies, public and private UAE and foreign multi-nationals, and local companies of all sizes and across many industries. He is the trusted advisor to many prominent members of the UAE business landscape.

Mr Bowden's broad areas of expertise are:

  • acquisition and divestment of companies;
  • franchise, agency and distribution arrangements in the UAE;
  • UAE business structures;
  • UAE employment matters, contentious and non-contentious;
  • anti-bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering, competition law and other UAE compliance matters; and
  • data security and protection, outsourcing and cloud computing, privacy and risk management.


  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications
  • Franchising and Licensing
  • Employment


  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Upper Canada


  • LLB, Queen's University, Canada, 2004
  • BBA, Siam University, Thailand, 2001


  • English