Ranna Musa Associate

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Ranna Musa

Ranna Musa
Associate

T: +971 4407 3933 M: +971 52 120 3187 Email Ranna | vCard Office: Dubai

Ranna is a bilingual dispute resolution specialist, renowned for her extensive knowledge of GCC laws and regulations, particularly in the UAE. With a focus on complex cross-jurisdiction litigation and arbitration disputes, Ranna handles a wide range of cases across the Middle East, covering civil and criminal fraud, shareholders disputes, commercial agencies, insolvency, regulatory compliance, white-collar crimes, and cybersecurity related matters.
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Ranna has extensive experience representing clients in arbitration cases and before the local Courts throughout the region and has handled disputes at all stages before various Emirati Courts. She regularly provides advice in relation to jurisdiction disputes and the enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards in the UAE. Ranna's experience in liaising with local courts, authorities, public prosecutors and court-appointed experts, has enabled her to have a wealth of knowledge to call upon when working with clients in formulating the most strategic solutions for their disputes, all while offering a commercial perspective and practical advice.

Ranna's client base comprises of high-net-worth individuals, regional and international companies, as well as governmental and quasi-governmental entities spanning the GCC.

In addition to playing a key role within the firm's commercial litigation team, Ranna provides support to the Middle East marine and international trade department, particularly in matters concerning vessel arrests and charterparty disputes.

Beyond her local focus, Ranna has a keen interest in Africa-related disputes. She plays a pivotal position as a key member of our Africa Group and serves as the Vice Chair of the African Arbitration Association's Young Members Group.

Furthermore, Ranna is committed to fostering the growth of junior members within the firm. She heads the Technical Training Committee in our Dubai office, organising various training sessions to enhance their professional development.

  • Fraud and asset tracing
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Commercial litigation
  • Shipping

Represented a leading Omani company in a AED300,000,000 civil fraud and misrepresentation dispute before the UAE courts against its individual partner in a UAE freezone company.

Advised and acted for a leading provider of testing, inspection and certification services to bring criminal proceedings against a company and the individual representing the company, among others, as a result of a cybercrime incident in which our client lost the amount of US$5,000,000.

Represented an individual in criminal fraud and forgery disputes against a prominent UAE bank where the client was denied access to his account statements. The bank forged three bank statements and submitted them to the Dubai Courts and police departments to accelerate and sell two financed units.

Advised and acted for a major investment company who purchased a portfolio of non-performing loans from major financial institutions in the UAE. We are seeking to recover the two largest debts in the portfolio amounting to approximately US$170,000,000. 

Advised a leading financial consultancy on the UAE Securities and Commodities Authority regulations to ensure our client was compliant. This included advising on key individuals' accreditation process and pre-requisites, licensing process and ensuring the client shareholders continue to meet fitness and propriety criteria.

Following the implementation of the Securities and Commodities Authority Handbook of Financial Activities and Mechanisms of Status Regularisation, we provided guidance to a major UAE financial consultancy. Our advice focused on evaluating the Handbook's impact on our client's compliance procedures and outlined the necessary actions to achieve full compliance.

Advised a prominent UAE insurance broker on the Insurance Authority's regulations and how to continue compliance following the merger between the Insurance Authority with the UAE Central Bank.

Advised an international provider of virtual assets services on challenging enforcement penalties issued by the Virtual Assets Regulatory Authority ("VARA") against our client and its shareholders for alleged breaches of the Virtual Assets and Related Activities Regulations and Market Regulations.

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Acted for an individual client in an AED18 million dispute before DIAC against a prominent retail and hospitality business operating throughout the Middle East. The dispute arose from a shareholder agreement where the client was involved in the management as well as an investor in the company. These proceedings resulted in an AED15 million settlement.

Advised and acted for an international construction equipment supplier in over 50 cases before the UAE local Courts (including Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah Courts) and DIAC to recover various debts amounting to multiple million dirhams. 

Assisted a Dutch sea and coastal water support company in recovering its debts from an entity in the UAE. By laying the vigorous routes available pursuant to UAE federal regulations, we advised the client on how to ensure recovery of as much funds as possible from the debtor.

Handled a multi-million-dirham real estate dispute on behalf of a high-profile Emirati businessman against the developer of a plot land in a prestigious location in Dubai. The Dubai Courts granted our client all his reliefs.

Enforcement of a US$14 million LMAA award before the onshore courts in the UAE against a UAE sole establishment and its owner's assets in the UAE.

Handled a claim filed by a minor shareholder against the major shareholders in a multi-million-dirham oil & gas company based in the UAE. A favourable judgment for our client was issued by Sharjah Courts and was granted over AED100 million as dividends.

Acted for a Korean based entity that provides services of development of technology in a US$14 million dispute before DIAC against a UAE based company arising from a technology development contract.

Handled a cross-border multi-million-dollar commercial agency infringement complaint on behalf of a Japanese automobile exclusive agent against several companies that violated our client's exclusive agency's rights by importing and illegally selling thousands of vehicles in the UAE.

Advice principals on the process of terminating or commercial agencies under both the old and new commercial agencies' laws.

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Acted for a prominent UAE shipping company, handling over five ongoing court proceedings related to charterparty disputes. Our services included advising and assisting the client in arresting two vessels involved and pursuing the charterers/owners.

Assisted a Dutch sea and coastal water support company in recovering its debts from an entity in the UAE. By laying the vigorous routes available pursuant to UAE federal regulations, we advised the client on how to ensure recovery of as much funds as possible from the debtor.

Acted and advised various international clients in arresting vessels in the UAE water territory as security of ongoing foreign proceedings. 

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  • Banks and banking

Represented an individual in criminal fraud and forgery disputes against a prominent UAE bank where our client was denied access to his account statements. The bank allegedly forged three bank statements and submitted them to the Dubai Courts and police departments to accelerate and sell two financed units.

Represented a prominent UAE bank, acting as a creditor in the bankruptcy case of a major UAE construction conglomerate. Our client's credit in this matter exceeded US$130 million. Our responsibilities included representing the bank in the bankruptcy proceedings, filing petitions with the Dubai Courts to include our client's credit in the creditors' list and seeking court approval for an increased payment amount that encompasses legal interest and fees. Additionally, we communicated with the trustee regarding ongoing asset investigations in various jurisdictions such as Sri Lanka, India, and Mauritius, related to the bankrupt company.

Advised a prominent financial service provider in criminal proceedings related to fraud, breach of trust, and embezzlement whereby a former agent portrayed themselves to remain acting for the client whilst illegally collecting funds from potential customers.

  • The Middle East

Handled a cross-border (UAE and Oman) multimillion-dollar commercial agency infringement complaint on behalf of a Japanese automobile exclusive agent against several companies that violated our client's exclusive agency's rights by importing and illegally selling thousands of vehicles in the UAE.

Advised and acted for a major investment company who purchased a portfolio of non-performing loans from major financial institutions in the UAE. We advised the client on recovering the two largest debts in the portfolio amounting to approximately US$170 million from various jurisdictions including, but not limited to, UAE, Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq.

Represented a prominent UAE bank, acting as a creditor in the bankruptcy case of a major UAE construction conglomerate. Our client's credit in this matter exceeded US$130 million. Our responsibilities included representing the bank in the bankruptcy proceedings, filing petitions with the Dubai Courts to include our client's credit in the creditors' list and seeking court approval for an increased payment amount that encompasses legal interest and fees. Additionally, we communicated with the trustee regarding ongoing asset investigations in various jurisdictions such as Sri Lanka, India, and Mauritius, related to the bankrupt company.

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