Since Afridi & Angell’s inception back in 1975, there is no arguing that we govern the largest percentage of matters in the transport sector, this includes (but not limited to) aviation, shipping and logistics. Having been in the region for over 45 years, our partners are amongst the most senior practitioners and have been involved in every aspect of the law, not to mention their influence in making history by heavily contributing to the creation and shaping of some of the UAE laws, which still stand to this day.
For further insight, please refer to the breakdown below:
Afridi & Angell lawyers have extensive experience advising clients in the aviation and transportation industry, including civil aviation authorities, airport authorities, aviation companies and commercial airlines. Commonly, the scope can include:
We represent and advise ship owners, Protection & Indemnity (P&I) Clubs, dry docks, freight forwarders and banks. We successfully advise on the arrest of vessels, shipbuilding contracts, regulations (including environmental) relating to the transportation sector.
Afridi & Angell is the UAE Legal Correspondent for a number of P&I clubs acting exclusively on behalf of their members on matters involving:
Afridi & Angell has decades of experience advising multinational corporations in alignment with their logistical needs; a critically important factor with any mode of transport.
We provide regular advice to ports, courier companies, banks, government bodies and many local and multinational corporations. The scope is forever evolving, however most in-demand and frequent matters relate to:
We also have a growing practice advising clients on VAT compliance.
Representing a German company in connection with a bid to Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) to conduct consultancy services.
Representing an American company in connection with a USD30 million contract dispute in relation to a contract performed by the company at the Abu Dhabi International Airport. Negotiated an amicable contractual settlement together with the signing of a new agreement for maintenance services.
Representing a carrier on its dispute with ADAC.
Representing a national airline in negotiations with its GSA and with the local civil aviation authority.
Successfully acted for a Singaporean shipping company in a cross-border maritime dispute regarding the arrest of a vessel in the UAE. The vessel was released through an anti-suit injunction issued by the Singaporean Court, which is rare.
Acted for one of the defendants in a claim filed by a company engaged in bulk buying and trading of oil related products claiming that it is the owner of two cargoes of fuel oil that were purchased by our client (the defendant) and shipped on one of the claimant’s vessels. This matter involved an anti-suit injunction obtained in England and criminal proceedings in the Emirate of Sharjah.
Acting as UAE anti-trust counsel for the world’s largest shipbuilding company on UAE competition matters in its USD1.78 billion takeover of one of the largest shipbuilders in South Korea.
Following the financial collapse of the OW Bunker Group in November 2014, advising a number of ship owners/operators, as well as bunker suppliers on claims filed by the bunker suppliers seeking to obtain payment by arresting or threatening to arrest the vessels.
Advising one of the world’s largest shipbuilding companies, in a dispute regarding default on mortgage payments by the owner of a vessel built by our client.
Advising an underwriter on its position in a case regarding limitation of liability in a marine collision.
Acted for the defendant, the UAE agent of an international container shipping and logistics service company, in a dispute brought forward by a multinational auto manufacturer who obtained provisional attachment orders over containers carried on board a vessel owned by the defendant. The attachment orders were obtained on the grounds that the containers obtained counterfeit products branded under the claimant’s brand.
Successfully represented the UAE agent of an international container transportation and logistics services company in a national security case where a container that transhipped through Jebel Ali was discovered to be carrying goods deemed a threat to the UAE’s national security. This case was heard before the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi.
Advised a manufacturer of coaches, buses and trucks based in North Africa on securing UN Sanctions Committee approval for sale of trucks.