The UAE is a fast expanding, dynamic regional and international hub of commercial activity; its geography and infrastructure provide many and varied opportunities to the canny and spirited investor.

Since its establishment in 1976 Gabriel Ibiem Advocates & Legal Consultants Advocates and Legal Consultants as one of the renowned and long established law firms in the UAE is well placed to provide advice and guidance to those who wish to take advantage of such opportunities.

In recent times, there has been increasing de-regulation in the UAE; a trend that is set to continue. This welcome change has led to more foreign investment coming into the UAE, and has allowed existing businesses to expand locally, regionally and internationally. While it is true that certain restrictions do still remain for some commercial activities, on the whole the UAE is regarded as being a business friendly country.

Access to local markets is progressively being opened up and number of opportunities for investors is increasing. Also, employment, real estate and company laws are being updated and improved to better meet the demands and expectations of international investors.

The UAE, which has a stable and growing economy is actively diversifying from its traditional reliance on regional trade and energy and is fast developing its international commerce and non-oil sectors.


We advise and assist both businesses and individuals in setting up and getting licensed in the UAE. We will help select the right legal structures and prepare the necessary agreements, documents and forms.

Where an existing business needs to be restructured or sold, we can advise on the best approach.

If a distribution or sales and marketing arrangement is to be put in place or an agency agreement entered into, we can advise on the appropriate terms to be included in the agreements and advise on the impact of UAE law.

Our commercial advice also covers acquisitions and joint ventures with local partners, as well an establishing a registered corporate base.


Our services to clients include advising on the following areas:


  • Agency contracts
  • Business sale and purchase transactions
  • Commercial agency arrangements
  • Consultancy contracts
  • Engineering contracts
  • Procurement contracts
  • Distribution agreements
  • Foreign direct investment
  • Franchising
  • Licensing transactions
  • Management Agreements
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Joint ventures and consortium arrangements
  • Off take and distribution agreements
  • Operating and maintenance agreements
  • Processing and Production Agreements
  • Project finance
  • Project structuring
  • Technology licenses


  • Employment contracts
  • Confidentiality
  • Non-competition
  • Severance
  • Termination
  • Visa procedures
  • Disputes


  • Limited liability companies
  • Public Joint Stock companies
  • Branch office registration
  • Trade licensing
  • Shareholders' agreements
  • Restructuring
  • Share sale and purchase
  • Free zone companies
  • Offshore companies
  • Regulatory approvals
  • Representative offices

Real Estate

  • Sale and purchase
  • Mixed use developments
  • Industrial developments
  • Residential towers
  • Commercial property
  • Development agreements
  • Development rights and licences
  • Construction and engineering contracts
  • Land and site acquisitions
  • Property management agreements
  • Agency