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MENA LEGAL – ASSOCIATION

MENA LEGAL represents a global network of law firms and lawyers being members of BREXENDORFF & ASSOCIATES, a Swiss Association, registered in the Commercial Registry of Zurich, Switzerland, no. CHE-402.093.724, as per the Swiss Civil Code 10th December 1907, duly represented by its president Dr. Alexander Horst Brexendorff, Max-Högger-Strasse 6, 8048 Zürich.

BREXENDORFF & ASSOCIATES is a global association of consulting firms and professionals structured as a Swiss Association which operates through a number of professional firms and professionals and constituent entities from the legal, tax, business consulting, accounting, property consulting, Fintech, project finance and recruitment business (the Members) located throughout the world, with focus on the European, American, Asian, Middle Eastern and North African markets to provide legal and other client related professional services under one roof. The fully independent Members are constituted and regulated in accordance with relevant local regulatory and legal requirements.

The use of the name MENA LEGAL or BREXENDORFF & ASSOCIATES or other tradenames and logos associated to our association (see below under trademarks), is for description purposes only and does not imply that the Members are in a partnership or are part of a LLP. The responsibility for the provision of services to the client is defined in the terms of engagement between the respective Member and the client and each Member is to be regarded from liability, tax and any other perspective as fully independent and not resulting in any such of any other Member.

The Swiss Association is by itself never direct contracting or mandating party and is not providing any kind of consulting services, but each Member or associated partner, which is fully liable and responsible for all aspects mentioned above.

All references on this website to “BREXENDORFF & ASSOCIATES”, “MENA LEGAL”, “the firm”, “we” or “us” mean, except where clearly stated, one or more of the Members  by each of the separate Members.  No member firm or any of its partners or professionals acts as agent for any other Member or any of its associated partners.  No individual partner or professional in any Member has authority to bind any other Member.

No MENA LEGAL member is responsible or liable for the acts or omissions of any other Member or of MENA LEGAL in any way.

BREXENDORFF & ASSOCIATES ™ / MENA LEGAL ™ - Partners and Locations

Where in this website we refer to an individual as a ‘partner’ we are referring to an individual who is a partner of a member or an expert consultant of a MENA LEGAL Member or an employee or consultant in a Member firm with equivalent standing and qualifications to such a partner or member. 

Where in this website we refer to a MENA LEGAL “Location” we are referring to an office of a MENA LEGAL Members.

Key information on using this website

This Terms of Use and Legal Notices section provides important information about how MENA LEGAL is organized and sets out or refers to the terms governing your use of the website.  The location specific notices provide further information on MENA LEGAL, including information required by the law and by regulators in the relevant location.  If you are in any doubt about any of this information, please contact us (see details below). 

USE BY YOU OF ANY INFORMATION ON THIS WEBSITE CONSTITUTES YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF THESE TERMS OF USE AND LEGAL NOTICES

This website provides information on and material containing matters of interest produced by MENA LEGAL. The material on this website is provided only for your information and does not constitute legal or other advice on any specific matter.  Users of this website requiring or seeking legal advice are responsible for obtaining such advice from their own lawyers, and should do so before taking, or refraining from taking, any action in reliance on any information on this website.  This website is not intended to and does not create any client/lawyer relationship between any user and any MENA LEGAL network firm. 

In this Terms of Use and Legal Notices section “you” and “user” means the individual accessing this website and where that access is made in a business context any company or other organization of which that individual is an officer, partner, member, employee or agent and other members of the same group as that company or other organization to whom information on this website is passed.

You need not disclose your identity to us in order to use this website.  However, you may use this website to provide information including personal information to us and this website may use “cookies” to collect anonymous traffic data from you and other users who access this website.  The internet servers may also automatically record details about any computer used to access the website (such as the IP address, domain name and browser type), the date and time of access, and details of the information downloaded.  Please see the Privacy Statement and the Cookies Policy for information about how we use and handle personal information provided to or collected by us and about your agreement to the use of that information.

These Terms of Use and Legal Notices and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with the website and your use of it, whether of a contractual or non-contractual nature, are governed by and are to be construed in accordance with the law of Switzerland.  The courts of Zurich, Switzerland are to have non-exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute arising out of or in connection with this website and your use of it. 

Your responsibilities as user

You are responsible for the consequences of your own decisions as to the use of the information and material contained in the website, and its possible application to any circumstances you may be facing.  It is for you to decide whether you should obtain legal advice.  You do not have to be a client of MENA LEGAL ™ or any of the MENA LEGAL network of companies to use the website.

You may only view, download or print content from this website for your non-commercial, personal or internal business use. You must obtain our prior written consent if you wish to use or reproduce any content from the website for any other reason.  This does not allow you in any form or by any means to:

·         Use any part of the website for an illegal purpose or in a way which is inaccurate or misleading or offensive, or which brings MENA LEGAL or any of its partners, other lawyers or employees into disrepute

·         Reproduce all or any material part of the content or design of this website, adapt, store in a retrieval system, transmit, print, display, perform, or publish or create derivative works from, any part of the content or design of this website

·         Cause any of the material on this website to be framed or embedded in another website

·         Commercialize any information, products or services on this website

except with our prior written consent or as permitted by applicable copyright law.

We reserve the right to exclude persons who do not respect the Terms of Use.

Website content

Except where another jurisdiction is specified, legal content on this website is based on laws applicable in the country or jurisdiction to which the page relates or in which the author practices.  Material on this website may be updated and amended from time to time, and may not reflect the most recent legal developments.  

Although you may be able to access this website in a jurisdiction in which MENA LEGAL related law firms do not have an office, MENA LEGAL does not represent that any of the Members or any of their lawyers is permitted to provide legal advice on the laws of that jurisdiction.

Lawyer/Attorney/Consultants/Tax advisers Advertising

This website gives you information on the expertise and experience of our people, in particular our lawyers and tax advisers.  Their success in the past does not guarantee a similar outcome in the future.  Legal and commercial outcomes in the future, or where the laws of different jurisdictions apply, may differ from outcomes described in this website.

Copyright and trade marks

Unless otherwise indicated and subject to applicable law, all rights (including copyright) in the content and design of this website are reserved.  All such copyright is owned by MENA LEGAL Members or is used under license or applicable law.  Copyright material on the website may be used only as set out in this Legal Notices and Terms of Use section. 

Below presented logos of MENA LEGAL & MLA ASSOCIATES & BREXENDORFF & ASSOCIATES and MIDEAST LAW are, among other trademarks of our association, registered trademarks and may not be used without our prior consent. Same applies to our logos.

Links to or from other sites

Links to other sites from the pages on this website are for information only.  In providing a link we do not endorse, and accept no responsibility for any material on, any website that is linked from, or that links to this website.  Such sites may be controlled or produced by third parties.  You must make your own decision to use such websites and to accept their terms of use and privacy and other policies.

You must not create or maintain any link from another website to this website without our written consent.

Exclusion of our liability

Save to the extent that any liability cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law (including liability for death or personal injury, or for fraud or reckless disregard of professional obligations), all liability of the MENA LEGAL Members, and their affiliates, partners, other lawyers/consultants and employees, to you or any other person for loss or damage of any kind (however caused, including by negligence) arising from or relating in any way to any material and/or any use of the website, or the availability of the website or any content, is excluded.

The Internet is not a secure medium and communications to and from this website may be intercepted or altered in transit.  We do not warrant that the website is free from anything which may damage any computer or other device which accesses the website or any data on such computer or other device.

Protection of personal data

We are committed to user privacy in compliance with Regulation (EC) N° 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679. Our data protection officer (contact rj@mena-legal.com) ensures that the provisions of the Regulation are applied and advises controllers on fulfilling their obligations and answers questions to customers or users of our webpage(s) on the use and processing of their data and IP Addresses and following requests to, if collected or processed at all, delete or provide copies of the same.

Please find our amended Privacy Policy here.

How do we treat email you sent us ?

Our webpages have a “Contact” button, which activates your e-mail software or a “Newsletter” button, which invites you to leave your contact details to a specific functional mailbox.

When you send such a message, your personal data is collected only to the extent necessary to reply but will not be stored or processed and any information or newsletters you should receive you may reject and inform and request deletion of your email address and other data from our respective purpose orientated database, which we would execute with immediate effect.

If you have any questions about the processing of your e-mail and related personal data, do not hesitate to contact us under either info@mena-legal.com or rj@mena-legal.com.

Contact us

Please contact your usual MENA LEGAL Member contact or use the contact details associated with the webpage(s) which prompts you to make such contact.

 

BOOK CONSULTATION

5 minutes with Dr Alexander Brexendorff, founder of Mena Legal

Over the two decades, Dr Alexander Brexendorff, has become an important figure in the Middle East legal and business landscape. Opening several offices and engaging with a diverse range of clients including government ministries and large international corporations. Despite a rigorous schedule, he took five minutes to share his thoughts on life in the UAE.

Why did you study for a law PhD?

The way laws guide society and instruct us in fair principles, is something I have always recognised as important. Plus, I had remarkable tutors in Germany and the UK who inspired my interest further.

What encouraged you to choose the UAE as your home in 2005?

I have been consulting international corporations on Middle Eastern legal aspects since the 1990s from Europe, but eventually realised that one needs to be close to the action for being able to advise clients in the best possible way. I have always been particularly curious about emerging markets because of the unpredictable challenges that make them interesting. Living here you meet people from around the world, who are like-minded and I would like my children growing up with the same international experience and mindset.

What make a business successful in the UAE?

Next to a good idea, it is essential to be part of a trusted and loyal team. Equally important is to make sure the basics, such as practical realities and legal compliance, are in place and managed by experts. This way the business can focus on what they know best.

What are you most passionate about?

My primary joy is of course my role as a father to three busy daughters and their younger brother. There’s incredible happiness in seeing your kids grow. But helping others in growing their business here in the Middle East I consider as my mission.

Association Partner

Offices:

Basel / Switzerland

Sven Röthlingshöfer is a German business attorney (Rechtsanwalt) by profession and a real estate and hospitality project development specialist with over 25 years of international experience. He has been practicing as a foreign Legal Consultant in the Emirate of Dubai since 1998.

Sven was involved in the development and delivery of several of Dubai’s well-known real estate and hospitality projects. 

During his initial 9 years in private practice at Ja’afar Alwan, Al Jaziri & Associates, one of Dubai’s leading National Law Firms, he advised European companies on their business ventures and investments throughout the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

Key areas of specialty include foreign direct investments, cross-border joint-ventures, re-structuring, distribution and industrial projects, real estate projects, hospitality projects as well as international litigation and arbitration. 

Since the opening of the real estate market in Dubai to foreign investors, Sven has been advising international property developers on residential, commercial and hospitality projects in the Emirate of Dubai.

Sven also acted as an Arbitrator and Expert Witness and as a Board Member of an Owners’ Association of a large hybrid project. From 2007 until 2021 he accepted assignments as General Counsel of two privately owned property development companies in the Emirate of Dubai. Their project portfolio included the development, completion and hand-over of a large commercial property in Dubai Downtown, the Kempinski Residences & Hotel Apartments Palm Jumeirah and the hotels of EPG Hotels & Resorts, which are now rebranded as the “Raffles the Palm Dubai” and the “Hyde Hotel Business Bay”.

Areas of Expertise

  • Hospitality projects
  • Hotel management agreements
  • Restaurant operating and management agreements
  • Project development related cross-border joint ventures
  • Mixed-use real estate projects
  • Related fields
  • International litigation and arbitration

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Germany, since 1996

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