Ayesha Karim is a lawyer with over 30 years of experience. She works on both contentious and non-contentious corporate and commercial law. Ayesha has worked both in India and the UAE in well-reputed law firms and her broad range of work experience enables her to provide clients with practical solutions whether at the pre-contractual stage or during execution and in disputes.
Contentious and Non Contentious corporate and commercial law
Property and Construction law
Regulatory and Compliance
Franchise, Agency & Distribution
Oil and Gas Concession Agreements
Loan and other banking Contracts
UAE Work Experience
Advised more than 33 International law firms on various aspects of UAE law and disputes involving multinationals in the UAE.
Oil and Gas Advised Foreign oil and gas companies on concession and exploration contracts entered in the UAE
Advised foreign banks on loan agreements for UAE law compliance and enforceability
Construction and Property - Advising on construction disputes such as rights of contractors to stop work for non-payment of dues and non-vacation of construction sites by unpaid contractors; sub-contractors direct claims on the employer, bypassing the main contractor; non-payment of dues; and other such matters; property sale and purchase contracts and disputes related to property sales.
IPR- Advised international companies on IPR disputes; counterfeit products; and IPR licensing contracts
Customs- Advised on customs procedures and laws and customs disputes.
Franchise and Distribution- Advised major International companies on franchise contracts and disputes, related to Automobiles, clothing, food and beverage outlets, and cosmetics.
Tax: Advising on UAE tax laws
Preparing cases for the Joint Judicial Committee when there is a conflict of jurisdiction between the On Shore and DIFC courts.
Awards: Recognised as a DIFC Courts Law Specialist by the DIFC Academy, DIFC Dubai UAE
India Work Experience: Appearing in the High Court of Delhi and the subordinate courts in criminal matters and drafting Special Leave Petitions for the Supreme Court of India in criminal matters as appeals from High Court judgments.
Singhania & Partners LLP Offices of Honourable Ms. Indu Malhotra prior to her elevation as a Judge of the Supreme Court of India and Law offices of Senior Advocate Sanjeev Kumar and former member of the Upper House of Legislature the Rajya Sabha and the Late Rani Jethmalani Senior Advocate.
Stockwell& Associates; Hadef & Partners; The Legal Group, Al Gurg Al Matrooshi, and MHLF.
LLM (Masters in Law) - Banking and Finance 2019 - University of London
PG Diploma Commercial and Corporate Law 2018 - University of London
PG Certificate Banking and Finance 2016 - University of London
LLB. (Hons.) 1988 - The Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India.
B.A. (Hons.) Economics 1985 - The Shriram College of Commerce, Delhi University, India.
A.I.S.S.C.E 1982 - Delhi Public School, Delhi, India
Bar Council of Delhi
Dubai International Financial Centre Courts (2008-2020)
Pro Bono Work
Member of the DIFC Probono committee for over 10 years.
Assisting the Indian Consulate in UAE on employment and other matters
Article on Right of Set Off under the UAE law and the view from the DIFC.
Laws of the DIFC Volume 1;Publisher Nexis Lexis (2017); updated in 2021
Co-author, the Court Law;
American Bar Association publication the Franchise Lawyer (2015)
Franchising in the UAE: UAE laws strong protections
International Employment and Labour Law Committee Newsletter of the American Bar Association
Effect of Criminal Trials on Departmental Enquiries in the Public Sector.
International Law Office Newsletter
Conflicts between Majority and Minority shareholders (2012)
Safeguards against Corporate Fraud (2012)