Mayss Akasheh Associate

Mayss is a dual qualified (England & Wales and New York) lawyer based in the firm's Dubai office specialising in maritime, international trade and commercial disputes.
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Prior to joining the firm Mayss worked in San Diego, California where she gained invaluable experience in representing clients in federal court proceedings in the United States.

She regularly assists clients in relation to complex and cross-border litigation matters, as well as international arbitration proceedings that have taken place in the DIAC, DIFC-LCIA (prior to its amalgamation into DIAC), ICC and LCIA. In addition, she also has experience in assisting clients in relation to English High Court proceedings.

  • International arbitration
  • Aviation litigation and regulation
  • Marine and international trade

Represented the subcontractor, a publicly listed Korean company, in LCIA arbitration proceedings regarding the non-payment of products associated with the construction of one of the world’s largest and deepest fixed bottom offshore windfarms.

Represented the subcontractor, a Qatar based cable installation company, in a dispute against the main contractor, a Chinese engineering company, in ICC arbitration proceedings overseen by a sole arbitrator. The governing law applied to the contract was Qatari law, and the total claims amounted to US$40,000,000.

Represented a Korean shipyard company in LMAA arbitration proceedings initiated by a shipping company who filed a claim for a multi-million-dollar amount arising from the construction of two option contracts. The dispute revolved around whether our client fulfilled their obligation to exercise “all reasonable efforts in good faith” to meet the conditions precedent.

Represented a Saudi transportation services company in a dispute against a clothing and accessories retailed in Hong Kong, in arbitration proceedings before DIAC for a claim arising out of the non-payment of debt and misrepresentation of the value of transported products.

Represented an aircraft lessor in a Commercial Court claim seeking outstanding amounts for rent and other expenses arising from a lease agreement for two BOEING 737-900ER aircrafts leased to a Russian airline. This involved advising on European Union and the United States' sanctions, assessing the Russian government's position and the surrounding political climate during the time that our client was forced to sign an unfavourable early termination agreement with the lessee in order to regain possession of the aircraft from a Russian sublessee.

Represented a major airline cooporation, valued in the billions, in a claim brought by a travel agent in the English High Court, as a result of flights cancelled during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Represented an Irish aircraft lessor in a high value claim for against an Indian airline. The claim involved three allegations: (i) breach of the aircraft lease agreement by not granting and facilitating access to the aircraft for the claimant (ii) failure to pay the goods and services tax on the aircraft and (iii) failure in taking the required measures to register the aircraft with the Indian registry or any other appropriate registry.

Represented a well-known European airline company in a claim before the High Court of Justice brought against them by an online travel agent for abuse of dominant position competition claim and causing loss by unlawful means in an economic tort claim.

Successfully represented an international oil and gas company in obtaining an award for a multi-million-dollar sum, in connection with an application for a Mareva injunction against a debtor, which was successfully granted by way of an interim order in the local court in Mauritius, and consolidated LCIA arbitration proceedings involving claims arising from 14 sale contracts.

Represented a Korean shipyard company in an LMAA arbitration initiated by a shipping company who filed a claim for a multi-million-dollar amount arising from the construction of two option contracts. The dispute revolved around whether our client fulfilled their obligation to exercise “all reasonable efforts in good faith” to meet the conditions precedent.

Represented a claimant in proceedings before the English High Court. The claim was brought against three defendants on the grounds of unjust enrichment, breach of trust, fiduciary duty and/or contract. The defendants, in breach of a declaration of trust and a consultancy agreement signed between the parties, sold the Claimant’s property and wrongfully withheld the proceeds from the sale.

Acted for an Omani oil and gas trader as the Claimant in a circa US$2.5 million DIFC-LCIA dispute concerning outstanding sums owed under a sale contract for fuel oil.

More: Marine and international trade

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