Ahmed AlKotby

Ahmed AlKotby

Partner

Ahmed studied law at Alexandria University, Egypt and was admitted to the Egyptian Bar Association in 2010. In 2014, he was admitted as a Practitioner Part II in the DIFC Courts. He’s worked in our team since 2016, becoming Associate Partner of our Egypt office in the beginning of 2020 following its successful launch.

Having worked in-house and for local, regional, and international law firms in Egypt and the UAE for over 14 years, Ahmed has enviable experience in relation to both contentious (civil and criminal) and non-contentious work.

This broad experience allows Ahmed to provide our clients with responsive, up-to-date legal advice that takes into consideration their practical and commercial needs, without compromising compliance. He manages and develops litigation strategies but also develops policies so to minimize the risk of litigation for clients.

Ahmed competently handles complex dispute resolution cases, often involving conflict of jurisdictions and of laws. He has been involved in matters relating to the banking, insurance, construction and hotel sectors, acting for corporate entities as well as individuals, including such work as the liquidation of the Dubai subsidiary of a multinational bank.

Working with our commercial and corporate team, Ahmed advises on multi-national acquisitions, corporate governance modules/policies, and corporate restructuring. He negotiates and drafts all types of commercial agreements (including master service agreements, non- disclosure agreements, non-circumvention agreements, letters of intent, memoranda of understanding, sponsorship agreements, loan and facility agreements), as well as all corporate documents (including memoranda of association, joint venture agreements, shareholder agreements and board resolutions).

Ahmed is well-versed in relation to the legal aspects of Islamic finance. He advises banks and financial institutions on strategies related to their litigation. Furthermore, he advises our clients on financing their businesses and/or expanding their partnership agreements through a number of Islamic instruments, such as the Modaraba module, Murabaha arrangements, Mosharaka, Estesnaa and other Islamic-based arrangements.

In Egypt, Ahmed worked in criminal law and defended clients before criminal and military courts, and attended public prosecutors’ investigations and police procedures. In the post-revolution period, Ahmed successfully dismissed military court charges against a number of defendants who were accused of arson attacks on police stations.

Prior to qualification, Ahmed was a social activist in fields related to environmental preventative strategies (he is certified through the Young Masters Program of Lund University, Sweden) and Culture of Peace. Furthermore, Ahmed was part of the National E-Safety Working Group as a Co-Founder of the youth team Net Aman, through which he participated in a number of legislative committees that were responsible for drafting the Anti Cyber Crimes Law in Egypt and to update the relevant laws accordingly. In addition, Ahmed was certified as a master trainer by the Micro Enterprise Institute, where he assisted in fostering the role of ICT in acceleration of businesses.

Ahmed’s experience and past involvement in social, cultural, political, and business activities allows him to advise clients pragmatically and with an eye on both furthering their business and evaluating risk.

A notable comment from a client was that Ahmed is “knowledgeable, experienced, compassionate and down-to-earth. He is one of the market-known lawyers, providing excellent quality of legal advice and responsiveness.”

Ahmed is a native Arabic speaker, as well as fluent in English, and is qualified to represent clients before the DIFC Courts.

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