Financial Crime & Regulatory Investigations

Financial Crime & Regulatory Investigations

Hadef & Partners advises on a broad spectrum of financial crime and corporate investigatory work, with the team working closely with the firm’s wider employment, construction and IP teams.

We are involved in the majority of the large anti-fraud, anti-money laundering, asset recovery litigation disputes which arise in this country. This includes representative and enforcement matters for sovereigns and court appointed trustees in their strategic recovery efforts. Our large Dispute Resolution team has a market-leading reputation in this sector, combining abundant court resources with highly knowledgeable and experienced lawyers, the majority of whom hold rights of audience in all UAE courts. The firm also has a long-standing and growing profile in Corporate Investigations, founded on specialist knowledge drawn principally from our Emirati lawyers, who are highly familiar with the UAE courts, systems and customs. They are supported by bilingual English/Arabic speaking international lawyers.

Our accomplished team also boasts unparalleled expertise in conducting investigations in the workplace on matters surrounding the intricate realm of financial fraud, misconduct, and embezzlement. With a proven track record of successfully navigating the complex intersection of employment law and financial crime, our team possesses a deep understanding of the regulatory landscape and the intricate nuances of these investigations. Our approach blends meticulous attention to detail with a commitment to safeguarding the rights of both employers and employees, ensuring that the truth is uncovered while upholding the principles of justice and fairness.

With over 40 years in the region, we are the go-to team for UAE disputes that require specialised local guidance and knowledge.

Expertise

  • Anti-bribery and corruption
  • Antitrust litigation
  • Business investigations
  • Crisis management
  • Extradition and Request for Mutual Legal Assistance
  • Internal investigations
  • Market abuse & conduct
  • Regulatory & criminal investigations
  • Risk management & compliance
  • Sanctions & Export controls

  • “An excellent choice for disputes, with both an international and domestic element. They are reasonably priced and highly competent.”

    Legal 500, 2023

  • “Personal attention, responsive, and pragmatic team.”

    Legal 500, 2023

  • “Hadef has one of the best company cultures I have seen in the legal profession. All partners are leaders and experts in their own fields and work seamlessly together to give a clear and concise route forward.”

    Chambers Global, 2023

  • “They have an extremely strong and well-rounded approach to dealing with complex situations.”

    Chambers Global, 2023

  • “The team has an excellent track record of acting as co-counsel on international disputes.”

    Chambers Global, 2023

  • UAE Law Firm of the Year 2023

    UAE Law Firm of the Year 2023

    By : The Oath Middle East Legal Awards

  • Commended External Counsel of the Year 2021

    By : In-House Community Counsels of the Year Awards

    Lawyer : Dina Mahdi

  • Winner for UAE Employment Law Firm of the Year 2022

    Winner for UAE Employment Law Firm of the Year 2022

    By : Chambers Middle East Awards

    Lawyer : Suzanne Gingles

  • Finalist for UAE Arbitration Team of the Year 2022

    Finalist for UAE Arbitration Team of the Year 2022

    By : The Middle East Legal Awards

  • Finalist for UAE Litigation Team of the Year 2022

    Finalist for UAE Litigation Team of the Year 2022

    By : The Middle East Legal Awards

  • Finalist for Regional Law Firm of the Year 2022

    Finalist for Regional Law Firm of the Year 2022

    By : The Middle East Legal Awards