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Maria Lezala

Maria Lezala



+971 4 429 2999

Maria is a Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution team in Dubai.

Maria has a wide ranging experience of general commercial litigation in the South African Courts, local UAE Courts, DIFC Courts and in arbitration matters under the rules of the major arbitral institutions such the LCIA, DIFC-LCIA, DIAC and the ICC.

Maria has acted for major international corporations, airlines, banks and high net worth individuals, on a variety of complex, high value disputes (often with multi-jurisdictional implications), including but not limited to: real estate disputes, insurance disputes, shareholder disputes, commercial agency disputes, information technology disputes, trade finance disputes and disputes between hotel owners and hotel operators.

Maria  also regularly advises on: (i) multi-jurisdictional enforcement of judgments and arbitral awards through the UAE Courts and through the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts in the UAE and (ii)  asset recovery, such as asset tracing and recovery of assets.

Maria is registered as an attorney with the Law Society of the Northern Provinces in Johannesburg, South Africa, as a Legal Consultant with the Dubai Legal Affairs Department and as a legal practitioner with the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts.