“Afridi delivers international quality advice on local law matters. The team meets deadlines and bring a commercial understanding to their work product. They are also responsive and personable in their dealings.” - Legal 500 EMEA

Areas of Expertise

  • Banking and Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Compliance
  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Employment
  • Funds
  • Industrial and Manufacturing
  • Infrastructure and Projects
  • International Trade Controls and Sanctions
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Military Procurement and Offsets
  • Oil and Gas
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate
  • Telecommunications, Media and Technology


  • Professional
  • Natal, South Africa
  • Member of Side Bar, both Natal and Transvaal Provincial Divisions, South Africa
  • Languages
  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • Italian
  • Academic
  • LL.B., University of Natal, South Africa, 1990
  • B.A., University of Natal, South Africa, 1987
Notable Matters
  • 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 aluminium smelter and IWPP project; (ii) Qatar Gas 4 project in respect of the expansion/sharing of the Ras Laffan facilities; and (iii) the Mesaieed International Power 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.
Speaking Engagements
  • Speaker, New Year’s Legal Update, seminar organised by Afridi & Angell in collaboration with the Association of Corporate Counsel Middle East, and the Canadian Business Council, Dubai, 22 January 2020


Silvia 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. Silvia has also advised local and foreign entities on UAE securities law issues.


Prior to joining Afridi & Angell, Silvia 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.