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Rovine Chandrasekera

Rovine Chandrasekera
Managing partner of the Dubai office

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The Middle East

Stephenson Harwood's Middle East practice is led by Rovine Chandrasekera who has an in depth knowledge of the region, including the socio-political landscape of the country. Through the team's local knowledge, Stephenson Harwood is able to guide its clients through the commercial as well as the practical issues encountered when operating across the region, including the UAE, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran.
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The Middle East is a significant part of our network. Our lawyers advise on high-profile, multi-jurisdictional transactions with deep local roots, the result of many years’ experience in the local Middle East markets. They advise on some of the most complex transactions in the region. Over the years we have also nurtured strong relationships with regional law firms, key government agencies and regulatory bodies.

Our Dubai office advises clients carrying out in-bound and out-bound transactions concerning the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.

The experienced team at Stephenson Harwood's Dubai office provides legal advice on a broad range of finance and business matters to financial institutions, corporates, and governmental entities. Sophisticated and perceptive legal advice is coupled with a creative, commercial, and service-oriented approach to legal services, carried out to the highest standards.

"Responsive to our demands and very disciplined"
Chambers Global 2015

Tanker company

Acting for NITC in its successful challenge in the General Court of the EU against the asset freezing measures adopted against NITC by the Council of the EU in October 2012 and on-going legal proceedings in the European Court of Justice.

Major oil terminal

Acting for a UAE oil terminal in relation to a US$125 million multi-jurisdictional dispute concerning title to two cargoes of oil discharged into terminals in the UAE.

Four newbuild VLGC's

Advised Owners on the purchase of four newbuild VLGC's from a leading Korean shipyard, total project value US$390 million.

Major UAE bank

Advising our client on complex hybrid financing involving aircraft engines and components in a multi-jurisdictional transaction amounting to over US$200 million.

Leading commodities trading entity

Acting for a UAE oil terminal in relation to a US$125 million multi-jurisdictional dispute concerning title to two cargoes of oil discharged into terminals in the UAE.

DIFC based bank

Advised DIFC based bank on their participation in an international Islamic finance transaction and their compliance under DFSA regulations.

Fraud and asset tracing

Advising David Haigh, the ex-managing director of Leeds United Football Club on a DIFC claim initiated by the DIFC branch of a major Bahrain based Islamic investment bank for AED23 million on account alleged of breach of trust and money laundering.

Oil and gas

Advising a real estate developer on the development of an oil and gas services hub in the Basra region.

Major Iranian bank

Advising our client wishing to establish a presence in a country outside of the EU and the US on the effect of international sanctions.

Leading Iranian ship owner

Providing on-going advice regarding sanctions against Iran. This has involved advising on European based finance/loan obligations, charter party and MOA obligations and shipbuilding contracts.

Iraqi government

Advising government of Iraq in debut bond offering of $2 billion in international financial markets.

Government entities

Advising government entities on IPOs, IPPs, large construction and EPC projects and real estate development projects.

Major tourism development project

Advising the client (developer) in matter of Omani Law, assisting in negotiations with the government and in all corporate and contractual aspects.

Major hotel owners

Acted for a number of hotel owners in respect of hotel management agreements for hotels including the Chedi Hotel in Muscat, Kempinski Hotel in Dubai, a multi-hotel development in Dubai and the Inter-Continental Hotel in Muscat.

Major real estate development

Acting for one of the region's largest real estate development companies in drafting and renegotiation of their joint venture with another government owned developer for the development of a 2.8 million sqm land area into a residential and commercial mixed used development.

Latest news & insights

19 Jan 2016

From Insights

Iranian sanctions lifted: challenges and opportunities

On 14 July 2015, Iran, together with China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK and the US (with the facilitation of the High Representative of the EU) agreed a Joint Comp..

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01 Dec 2015

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Iran Petroleum Contract

The Iran Petroleum Contract (IPC) was revealed (in part) at a conference in Tehran 28/29 November 2015. The IPC will draw to an end nearly two decades of a buyback sys..

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09 Nov 2015

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Gratuity – a measured asset or a black hole?

Shiraz Sethi of Stephenson Harwood, Lynda O'Mahoney of Capita Asset Services and Simon Fielder of Ryland Gray, discuss some of the factors affecting end of service lia..

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03 Mar 2015

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Stephenson Harwood and Dubai International Finance Centre host seminar

Dubai office in partnership with Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), hosted a regulatory seminar panel discussion on: "Compliance - a hindrance or a support"..

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01 Feb 2015

From Insights

Media coverage: The Oath - DIFC Employment Law vs. UAE Labour Law: The Key Challenges

The Oath covered a recent Stephenson Harwood employment seminar which was targeted at employers / employees to discuss the topic of DIFC Employment Law vs. UAE Labour ..

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01 Feb 2015

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Media coverage: LawInSport - The growth of sports law in the UAE

Nijoe Joseph writes on the growth of sports law in the UAE for LawInSport.

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21 Oct 2014

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Stephenson Harwood advises on $2.5 billion development deal in Oman

International law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised on a large scale real estate and tourism development project in Oman.

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07 Jul 2014

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NEWS - Sanctions against National Iranian Tanker Company ruled unlawful

Stephenson Harwood welcomes the ruling of the General Court of the European Union that EU sanctions against National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) are unlawful.

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06 Apr 2014

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ALERT - Sanctions against National Iranian Tanker Company ruled unlawful

Stephenson Harwood has helped NITC obtain an important ruling from the General Court of the European Union that EU sanctions against it are unlawful.

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02 Feb 2014

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Stephenson Harwood Dubai appoints a new corporate and projects partner

International law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has appointed Sean Angle as a corporate and projects partner in the Dubai office.

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