Associates and Counsel

Silvia Anna Pretorius

Senior Associate, Abu Dhabi Office

Ms Pretorius joined Afridi & Angell in 2008. She has extensive experience advising foreign and local clients on setting up companies and joint ventures in the UAE. She also regularly advises clients on general corporate, commercial and other matters related to the conduct of business in the region including regulatory compliance, real estate, and employment law. Ms Pretorius has also advised l

Ms Pretorius joined Afridi & Angell in 2008. She has extensive experience advising foreign and local clients on setting up companies and joint ventures in the UAE. She also regularly advises clients on general corporate, commercial and other matters related to the conduct of business in the region including regulatory compliance, real estate, and employment law. Ms Pretorius has also advised local and foreign entities on UAE securities law issues.   

Prior to joining Afridi & Angell Ms Pretorius was a senior member in the English Law Department of a leading law firm in Doha, Qatar. Prior to that, she spent her career as an attorney in South Africa where she focused primarily on litigation for major financial institutions and the telecommunications industry. 

Her notable transactional experience includes:

  • advising buyer in respect of the proposed acquisition by Aker's Solutions of an oil and gas services group;
  • acting as local counsel for (i) Qatalum aluminim smelter and IWPP project; (ii) Qatar Gas 4 project in respect of the expansion/sharing of the Ras Laffan facilities; and (iii) the Mesaieed InternationalPower Project;
  • providing general advice and assistance to foreign firms in the engineering, construction, and consultancy industry operating large projects;
  • representing a major international manufacturer of telecommunications handsets in connection with various UAE legal and regulatory issues; and
  • advising local and foreign parties on UAE securities law issues.   

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Oil and Gas
  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications
  • Banking and Financial Services

QUALIFICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS 

  • Natal, South Africa, 1992 Member of Side Bar, both Natal and Transvaal Provincial Divisions, South Africa

EDUCATION

  • LLB, University of Natal, South Africa, 1990
  • BA, University of Natal, South Africa, 1987

LANGUAGES

  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • Italian
  • German (basic)

PUBLICATIONS

 

Chatura Randeniya

Counsel, Dubai Office

Mr Randeniya practices in the firm's dispute resolution group. He advises and represents clients in arbitration, and has represented clients in DIAC, ADCCAC, ICC, and ad hoc arbitrations. He also works with local advocates on matters before the UAE Federal Courts, including the Federal Supreme Court in matters of national security, as well as the Courts of Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah. Mr Randeni

Mr Randeniya practices in the firm's dispute resolution group. He advises and represents clients in arbitration, and has represented clients in DIAC, ADCCAC, ICC, and ad hoc arbitrations. He also works with local advocates on matters before the UAE Federal Courts, including the Federal Supreme Court in matters of national security, as well as the Courts of Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah.

Mr Randeniya regularly acts for clients in high value construction disputes. He also advises on maritime and shipping disputes, banking disputes, employment disputes, as well as disputes relating to commercial transactions. Some of his recent matters include acting for a major UAE bank in a commercial claim in excess of AED250 million, acting for employers in several construction disputes each involving claims in excess of AED100 million, and successfully representing a client in a claim of approximately USD5 million involving international air cargo freight.

Prior to joining Afridi & Angell in 2008, Mr Randeniya was in the private bar of Sri Lanka practicing in the Law Chambers of Dr Harsha Cabral, President’s Counsel.  He was also a visiting lecturer in law at the Faculties of Law and Management at the University of Colombo. Mr Randeniya is a recommended practitioner in dispute resolution in Legal 500 EMEA.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Litigation and ADR
  • Construction
  • Shipping, Maritime and Transport
  • Dispute Resolution

QUALIFICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS

  • Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, called to the Bar in 2006

EDUCATION

  • LLM, Harvard Law School, William H. Fulbright Scholar, 2007
  • LLB (Honours) University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2004

LANGUAGES

  • English

PUBLICATIONS

 

Abdus Samad

Associate, Dubai Office

Mr Samad joined Afridi & Angell in 2012.  His practice focuses on corporate and commercial matters. Some of his recent transactions include: advising the vendor on the sale of its interest in a UAE-based manufacturer of aerosols and sealants; advising a group of investors on their investment in a Dubai-based food and beverage business; advising a client on the structuring and se

Mr Samad joined Afridi & Angell in 2012.  His practice focuses on corporate and commercial matters. Some of his recent transactions include:

  • advising the vendor on the sale of its interest in a UAE-based manufacturer of aerosols and sealants;
  • advising a group of investors on their investment in a Dubai-based food and beverage business;
  • advising a client on the structuring and set-up of its joint venture operations in the DIFC;
  • advising an international real estate brokerage on the set-up of its UAE franchise; and
  • advising multiple banking clients on the implementation of the UAE Direct Debit System.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Corporate and Commercial

QUALIFICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS

  • Punjab Bar Council

EDUCATION

  • Kings College London, 2011

LANGUAGES

  • English
  • Urdu

PUBLICATIONS

 

Anna White

Associate, Dubai Office

Ms White practises real estate law and has considerable experience in all areas of real estate and land development law. She advises property developers, real estate companies, and government entities in all stages of the real estate transaction (i.e. due diligence, drafting the sale and development documentation and negotiating complex settlements).   Ms White has wealth of knowledge in com

Ms White practises real estate law and has considerable experience in all areas of real estate and land development law. She advises property developers, real estate companies, and government entities in all stages of the real estate transaction (i.e. due diligence, drafting the sale and development documentation and negotiating complex settlements).  

Ms White has wealth of knowledge in commercial and retail leasing, including drafting ground leases, long term sub-leases, car parking licenses, disclosure statements, and default notices. She has represented both landlords and tenants.

Prior to joining Afridi & Angell, Ms White was an associate at a top tier law firm in Perth, Australia.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Real Estate

QUALIFICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS

  • Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand
  • Admitted as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of Western Australia
  • Admitted as a lawyer of the Federal Court of Australia

EDUCATION

  • LL.B., (Hons.), University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Otago, New Zealand 

LANGUAGES

  • English

PUBLICATIONS

 

Victoria Yates

Barrister, Dubai Office

Ms Yates handles a broad range of litigation, advising and representing clients in matters of arbitration and before the DIFC Courts, as well as working with local counsel on matters before the UAE Courts. Ms Yates has regularly advised, drafted pleadings and has appeared in a variety of contractual disputes. In addition to her significant experience in commercial litigation, other areas of expert

Ms Yates handles a broad range of litigation, advising and representing clients in matters of arbitration and before the DIFC Courts, as well as working with local counsel on matters before the UAE Courts. Ms Yates has regularly advised, drafted pleadings and has appeared in a variety of contractual disputes. In addition to her significant experience in commercial litigation, other areas of expertise include insolvency, property, construction, employment, fraud, insurance, and sports law.

Prior to joining Afridi & Angell, Ms Yates practised as a Barrister at No5 Chambers in London.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Commercial Litigation  
  • DIFC Courts' Litigation
  • Dispute Resolution
  • International Arbitration

QUALIFICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS

  • Registered Practitioner of the DIFC Courts
  • Admitted to the Bar of England and Wales (Call: 2006)
  • Member of Middle Temple 

EDUCATION

  • LL.B. Law, University of London, King’s College London, 2004
  • BVC, The College of Law London, 2005

LANGUAGES

  • English

HONOURS AND AWARDS

  • Pegasus Scholar 2011, Dubai