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Walid Azzam

Walid Azzam



+971 4 429 2999

Walid is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution department in Dubai. He specialises in complex Commercial and Corporate arbitration and litigation, often with cross-border elements.

Walid joined Hadef & Partners in 2005. During that time, he has developed specialist knowledge of managing large scale, multi-jurisdictional disputes and has acted on a number of high-profile banking and real estate matters. Walid advises a diverse group of clients; including publicly traded and multi-national companies, as well as high net worth individuals on various contentious matters.

Walid also specialises in local and international asset tracings and recovery, advises on financial crimes as well as on anti-corruption and anti-bribery issues. He further advises on extradition and mutual legal assistance as well as on sanctions and anti-money laundering matters.

Walid has a Juris Doctorate and is admitted to the Massachusetts State Bar. Prior to joining Hadef & Partners, he practiced in the US, in both Chicago and Boston. He routinely lectures, and sits on various panels that deal with a variety of issues relating to regional legal trends and developments. Walid is fluent in English, Arabic and French.

  • Recognised as a “Leading individual” for Dispute Resolution – Local Court Litigation

    Legal 500, 2021

  • Walid Azzam, who has experience of practising in the US, is a key name for disputes across the Arab world.

    Legal 500, 2021

  • ‘Walid Azzam is reliable and easy to deal with.’

    Legal 500, 2020

  • Named as one of the leading lawyers for asset recovery in the UAE

    Who’s Who Legal 2016

  • Walid Azzam is singled out for his adept handling of real estate and construction disputes. He is widely experienced on a range of contentious matters and led the aforementioned case for Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank.

    Chambers Global 2014

  • Walid Azzam is a well-regarded practitioner in the UAE, and was promoted to the partnership in 2012. He regularly assists with the team's highest-profile matters.

    Chambers Global 2013