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Walid Azzam

Walid Azzam



+971 4 429 2999

Walid is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution department. He specializes in complex Commercial and Corporate arbitration and litigation, often with multi-jurisdictional elements. 

Walid joined Hadef & Partners in 2005. During that time, he has developed specialist knowledge of managing large scale, disputes and has acted on a number of high-profile banking and commercial 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 including insolvency related issues.

Walid also specializes in local and international asset tracings, recovery and investigations and has been recognized as one of the leading individuals in the UAE for asset recovery. 

He advises on financial crimes as well as on extradition and mutual legal assistance matters. 

Walid has a Juris Doctorate and is admitted to the Massachusetts State Bar. He routinely lectures, and sits on various panels that deal with a variety of issues relating to regional legal trends and developments.


  • Receives extensive endorsements from peers and clients alike, who confirm that he is “a very good and very user-friendly lawyer”.

    Who’s Who Legal 2022

  • Named as one of the UAE’s next generation partner in dispute resolution

    Legal 500, 2022

  • 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

  • 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 : Dilini Loku Hana MohamedLucy MelvilleRachel HillSuzanne Gingles

  • Honourable mention for Employment Lawyer of the Year 2022

    Honourable mention for Employment Lawyer of the Year 2022

    BY : LexisNexis Women in Law Awards

    Lawyer : Rachel Hill

  • Employment Team of the Year 2021

    Employment Team of the Year 2021

    BY : The Oath Middle East Legal Awards

    Lawyer : Rachel Hill