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Afridi & Angell

Bashir Ahmed

Bashir Ahmed

Managing Partner


  • Banking & Financial Services
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Insurance

WSG Practice Industries


Afridi & Angell
United Arab Emirates

WSG Leadership

WSG Boad of Directors
Director 2020/ 2021
WSG Regional Council
Chair 2020/ 2021
Strategic Planning Committee 2020
DealMaker Group
WSG Audit & Finance Committee
WSG in Africa & Middle East Group
WSG Main Group
WSG Membership Development Committee
IBA Group
Tax Group
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.

Bar Admissions

New York Bar Association
Lahore High Court Bar Association


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

Banking & Financial Services | Corporate & Commercial | Dispute Resolution | Insurance | Maritime, Shipping & Transport | Private Equity & Acquisitions

Professional Career

Professional Associations

  • International Bar Association

Dubai Family Ownership of Common Property Law
Afridi & Angell, September 2020

On 13 August 2020, the Ruler of Dubai issued Law 9 of 2020 to regulate family ownership of common property in the Emirate of Dubai (the Law). The Law aims to establish a legal framework for family ownership of common property in Dubai and to facilitate its transmission among successive generations. This concept of undivided family assets introduced by the Law also exists in other jurisdictions. There are many family run businesses in Dubai...

Repeal of UAE Boycott of Israel Law
Afridi & Angell, August 2020

Following the announcement of the Abraham Accord with Israel, President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued Federal Decree Law 4 of 2020, repealing Federal Law 15 of 1972 (the Boycott Law). Brief overview of the Boycott Law Pursuant to the Boycott Law, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) joined the Arab League boycott of Israel (the Boycott)...

Dubai Development Authority - UBO Requirements
Afridi & Angell, July 2019

The Dubai Development Authority (DDA) (previously known as the Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone Authority (TECOM) and the Dubai Creative Clusters Authority (DCCA)) is the regulator of entities licensed to conduct business in Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City, Dubai Knowledge Park, Dubai Outsource City, and other clusters regulated by the DDA...

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


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 ...

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