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Ammar El Banna

T: +971 4407 3928 M: +971 557 740 979 Email Ammar | Vcard Office: Dubai

Ammar El Banna Senior associate

Contact details

Ammar El Banna

Ammar El Banna
Senior associate

T: +971 4407 3928 M: +971 557 740 979 Email Ammar | Vcard Office: Dubai

Ammar is a bilingual (Arabic-/English-speaking) dispute resolution and employment lawyer. He recently joined the firm, having worked for nine years in the dispute resolution team in one of the largest local law firms in the UAE.
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Ammar has wide experience in contentious matters involving commercial, white collar crimes, Islamic finance, and employment disputes. He also advises multinational corporate and individual clients on daily employment law issues including investigation panels, divulge of confidential information, unfair competition employment contracts, commission and remuneration structures, cross-border arrangements, employees transfer, post-termination restrictions and settlement agreements.

He is an approved legal trainer for the Dubai Legal Affairs Department delivering continuing legal education and training to other law practitioners.

Working with multinational clients and local authorities, he is not only able to understand international clients' business but to also combine this knowledge with local skills and expertise.

  • Regulatory compliance
  • Fraud and asset tracing
  • Employment
  • Data protection and information

Immigration compliance

Acted for one of the world's largest cement and ready mix manufacturing company and its CEO in a criminal proceeding before the Fujairah Criminal Court in the UAE. The Public Prosecution Office alleged that the company had engaged 16 individuals in their facility in breach of Immigration Laws. The Ministry found, during unexpected inspection, 16 individuals working in the company's facilities without being sponsored by the company nor obtaining necessary work permits from the Ministry. The Ministry reported the incident to the Public Prosecution Office, and in turn the PPO referred the matter to the Fujairah Criminal Court of First Instance. The court held the company and its CEO liable and ordered a fine of AED 800,000 be paid. We filed appeals with the Fujairah Criminal Court of Appeal, and the Union Federal Court, which resulted in both the company and the CEO being acquitted.

Advised national and multinational companies on various Ministerial Resolutions issued the Ministry of Human Recourses and Emiratization.

For example, advised a multinational insurance company on Ministerial Resolution No. 212 of 2018 - Regulating the Work of UAE Nationals in the Private Sector, which the employer will have to consider when dealing with the termination of the employment of UAE citizen. The advice covered reasons for termination, procedure of termination, notifications, and risks involved.

Advised a finance company on new regulations set by the UAE Central Bank. The UAE Central Bank has issued regulations requesting special approvals for certain employment designations within the finance companies.

Acted for one of the largest oil and gas companies in the world in a litigation arising out of a corporate investigation which uncovered a fraudulent scheme being carried out by a group of four employees based in both the UAE and USA. The scheme involved sham companies which had been set up by the four employees in Turkey, Oman, Dubai and RAK in order to supply goods at inflated prices and provide fictitious services to the company. The ex-four employees ran the scheme carefully so that company's internal audit could not obtain concrete evidence to establish the link between the scheme and the ex employees. We succeeded in persuading the Dubai Court to issue a disclosure order according to the UAE Procedural Law to one of the ex employee's banks, to disclose his personal bank statements so that the company could track the embezzled funds and link the scheme to the employee. This is a unique decision as we did not come across a similar decision by the Dubai Courts. We also managed to obtain a final judgement applying Article 120 of the DAE Labour Law against one of the ex employees. The other employment cases are still on going before the Dubai Court of Appeal.

Acted for a Kuwaiti based company with a branch in Dubai in an internal investigation case. The case involved 2 directors (one Kuwaiti and one Indian) in the company who misused their powers and diverted business from the client to their sham company in India. The total embezzled funds reached KWD 5 Million over 7 years. The client initiated criminal cases with the Public Prosecution Office.

Acted for a Korean multinational company with offices in Jebel Ali Free Zone- Dubai in a breach of trust case. One of the client’s director was involved, without the approval of the client, in undertaking deals at another competitive company. In addition, the director used the client’s employees in his competing business. The client filed criminal cases with the prosecution office against the director.

Advised and acted for two senior executive partners who orchestrated a team move from their former employer to a new employer. The former employer alleged that the employees had divulged confidential information and that the new employer has induced its employees to orchestrate the team move. The former employer filed a criminal complaint with Dubai Public Prosecution Office. It also filed a commercial case with the Dubai Court against the former employees claiming damages in reliance on the Civil and the Commercial Code. In addition, it applied for an injunction in the High Court of England & Wales to prevent the former employees from joining the competitor. The commercial dispute is still ongoing with the Dubai Court of Appeal, and the application of injunction has been suspended until a final judgement is issued by the Dubai Courts.

Acted for the Ex-CEO and director in a district cooling company in a dispute over AED 14 Million. The claim included employment entitlements and percentage of the company's valuation based on the discounted cash flow.

In addition, assisted and worked as part of a team in defending a claim for damages and injunctive relief which was filed following the departure of employees from one DIFC brokerage firm to another DIFC broker. The former employer is alleging that its former employee has breached his post termination covenants and that the new employer has induced such breach. This matter is still ongoing with the DIFC Court of First Instance.

Assisted and worked as part of a team in defending a claim for damages and injunctive relief which was filed following the departure of employees from one DIFC brokerage firm to another DIFC broker. The former employer is alleging that its former employee has breached his post termination covenants and that the new employer has induced such breach. This matter is still ongoing with the DIFC Court of First Instance.

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Advised and acted for one of the largest real estate developers in the UAE (in Abu Dhabi) in a dispute with the former sales director. This matter included criminal proceeding by the company alleging disclosure of confidential information. The former employee claimed AED 10 Million for his labour entitlements and unpaid commission as a result of a poorly drafted contract that seemingly entitled the employee to commission on the company's turnover and not just his sales. I managed to settle the case for considerably less than the amount claimed and, following litigation, I advised the company on the restructure of its commission and bonus scheme.

More: Data protection and information

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