DWF appoints arbitration partner in Dubai

UAE: International legal business DWF has appointed international arbitration partner Rabih Tabbara to its litigation team in Dubai as the business continues to expand its UAE presence. He joins DWF from K&L gates where he specialised in international disputes.

Rabih focuses his practice on all forms of dispute resolution with a particular focus on complex cross-border disputes. He also has extensive experience advising clients in their disputes in the oil and gas sector, especially in relation to feedstock supply agreements, crude oil pricing and refinery operations.

Regularly representing clients in arbitration proceedings at the International Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Center (ICC), the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), and the Lebanese Arbitration Center of the Chamber of commerce and industry of Beirut, Rabih has also counselled companies on court litigation in the UAE, and throughout the GCC.
In addition to his dispute resolution work, Rabih has advised major engineering and project management firms on doing business across the Middle East. Proficient in Arabic, English and French, Rabih has also practiced with a U.S. firm in Dubai.
Waseem Khokhar, Managing Partner of DWF Middle East, said: “We’re confident Rabih is the right fit for us as he brings a wealth of experience and will help us continue to build our practice in Dubai and internationally. Rabih will bring a fresh and innovative approach to our team.”

Rabih Tabbara added: “DWF in Dubai has a strong reputation for being one of the leading and fastest growing businesses in the UAE and I look forward to being a part of the innovative practice. The business has a well-established construction team and a robust practice and is an exciting business to be involved with in the current climate.”

DWF’s Dubai office, which opened in 2015, continues to grow from strength to strength with a number of recent senior appointments including former Clyde & Co. corporate partner and International Head of Defence and Security Matthew Donovan and former Clyde & Co. Abu Dhabi Head of Commercial Disputes James Fox. The team delivers a broad range of services including construction and infrastructure to advising clients across the region on international arbitration, Arabic litigation, real estate, government and regulatory and corporate and commercial work.

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