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Bashir Ahmed

Bashir Ahmed

Managing Partner

Afridi & Angell
United Arab Emirates

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Mr Ahmed joined the firm in 1988 and became a partner in 1993. He advises clients on cross-border, general corporate and commercial, private equity, banking, licensing and maritime matters.

Mr Ahmed has extensive experience in domestic and cross-border acquisitions where he advises buyers and sellers on the due diligence process, the deal structuring, and drafting of agreements in connections with acquiring and divesting of share interest in the UAE. He also advises international and domestic banks on a wide range of matters including loan and credit facilities, syndications and regulatory matters. He was seconded to the regional office of an international bank for a period of 18 months, and acted as counsel for the Middle East and South Asia operations.

His martime practice involves advising ship owners and P&I Clubs, dry docks and a number of ship repair companies on shipbuilding contracts, arrest of vessels, cargo claims, as well as advising on disputes. He represents a number of banks on ship financing transactions.


LLM, Punjab University Law College in Lahore, Pakistan, 1986
BA, Jurisprudence, Oxford University, 1983
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Professional Associations

  • International Bar Association

UAE VAT Executive Regulation Update
Posted on December 21, 2017
Practice Group: Tax - Africa

Please allow me to refer you to the article below, providing an update on the UAE VAT Executive Regulation. This is a big development for the UAE.  The UAE has no corporate or personal income tax (except for taxes on foreign banks and oil companies) and, as a result, there were generally no ...


New Administrative Fines Imposed by the UAE Insurance Authority
Afridi & Angell, March 2019

On 6 January 2019, UAE Cabinet Resolution No. 7 of 2019 Concerning the Administrative Fines Imposed by the Insurance Authority was published in the UAE Official Gazette, which lists a total of 204 items that are considered to be violations by the Insurance Authority and their corresponding penalties...

UAE VAT Designated Zones Defined
Afridi & Angell, January 2018

The UAE Ministry of Finance released Cabinet decision No. 59 specifying all Designated Zones be effective the begining of 2018 for the purposes of implementing the Designated Zone provisions in Federal Decree Law No 8 on Value Added Tax. The Cabinet has the authority to amend the list of Designated Zones as required...

UAE VAT Executive Regulation Update: Free Zone Guidance
Afridi & Angell, November 2017

The UAE Ministry of Finance has announced the Executive Regulation for the Federal Decree-Law No. (8) of 2017 on Value Added Tax (UAE VAT Legislation) at a Cabinet meeting on 7 November 2017, headed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai. It is expected that the Executive Regulation to UAE VAT Legislation will be released this week in draft form on both the UAE Ministry of Finance’s website (www.mof.gov...

Additional Articles

• Co-author of Acquisition Finance (UAE chapter), 2016, Getting the Deal Through
• Co-author of Banking Regulation (UAE chapter), 2016, Getting the Deal Through
• Co-author of Doing Business in the United Arab Emirates, 2015/16, PLC Multi-jurisdictional Guide
• Co-author of Acquisition Finance (UAE chapter), 2015, Getting the Deal Through
• Co-author of Banking Regulation (UAE chapter), 2015, Getting the Deal Through
• Co-author of Litigation and Enforcement in the United Arab Emirates, 2015/2016, PLC Multi-jurisdictional Guide
• Co-author of The Restructuring Review (UAE chapter), 8th edition 2015, The Law Reviews
• Dubai as the world's capital of Islamic Economy: The roadmap ahead, Islamic Finance News Roundtable (series 2014)
• Co-author of Arrest of Vessels, Maritime Law Handbook, 2015, Kluwer Law International

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