Rima Mrad

Dubai, UAE

T. +971 4 528 5555
E. rima.mrad@bsabh.com

Rima is a Partner in the firm’s Corporate and M&A practice.

Rima’s core expertise includes advising public, private clients and financial institutions on general corporate and commercial matters including mergers and acquisitions, commercial agencies, anti-trust and competition law, restructuring and general regulatory and compliance regulations. Rima has also advised and assisted international clients in developing their business throughout the GCC.

Rima has been appointed on several occasions to assist government agencies and departments to work on gap analysis projects, advising on improving regulations according to best practices. Her experience in relation to the drafting of laws and regulations are frequently commanded and sought after. 

Rima was recognized as a leading woman in the legal industry by Executive Women Magazine and was selected to be the face of Executive Women magazine. She was also selected as one of the 10 top influential Women Lawyers in the GCC twice and was recognized by Financial News London among the 50th most influential women in Middle East finance. 

Rima is an active lawyer and promoter of major pro bono events across the jurisdictions she practices in including the organization of the annual BSA legal Clinic. She is an active writer and often contributes to articles and legal guides. She also co-authored two books: Islamic Finance - A Practical Guide and Insurance and Reinsurance in the Mena Region: a Legal and Regulatory Guide both published by Globe Law and Business, UK. 

Areas of expertise
  • Commercial
  • Corporate & M&A
  • Cyber security & data protection
  • Employment
  • Environment, social and governance
  • Regulatory & Compliance
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare
  • Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT)
  • Energy
  • Financial Institutions
  • Insurance
  • International Trade, Transport & Maritime
  • Leisure & Hospitality
  • Retail & Consumer Goods
Highlights of experience
  • Advising and representing a building contracting company during a due diligence exercise carried out on a proposed construction of a real estate project in Umm Al Quwain, which included preparing a JV Agreement.
  • Advising a US non-profit academic medical centre operating in the UAE through a partnership with Abu Dhabi Government in relation to their business operations in the UAE and particularly their regulatory and compliance requirements.
  • Advising a Bahraini based Islamic private bank and advising in relation to acquiring an African telecommunication operator entity through a UAE based company including the transfer of the employees and the re-arrangement of their accrued entitlements.
  • Advising an m-commerce company on the launch of a new gaming service in the UAE through the two telecommunications companies, DU and Etisalat that included: alignment with censorship laws in the UAE; data protection and privacy as stipulated by the consumer protection authority; disclaimer content when consumers availed the service; and reviewing and amendment of the terms and conditions and commercial agreements.
  • Advising a UAE multispecialty hospital in relation to the sale and purchase of its subsidiary entity based in the UAE.
  • Advising the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in relation to the new Data Protection legislation in the UAE.
  • Advising an oil & gas company on setting up in Abu Dhabi and Fujairah and the appropriate corporate structure for commercial activities to get involved in within oil & gas. This included obtaining approvals from local authorities; Abu Dhabi Economic department (DED), Ministry of Economy and the Supreme Petroleum Council (SPC).
  • Our team is currently advising a highly confidential group of entities on the set up of the UAE’s first ever venture capital fund that will be tokenized. The fund will be set up via tokens issued out of a STO.
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