Associate and Head of IBAA


UAE | Dubai

Amina-Nadège was born in Paris, France and obtained a double master degree in German and French Law with the Paris Nanterre University followed by a LLM in German Business Law with the Dresden University of Technology.

Prior to joining MENA LEGAL, Amina-Nadège, has gained experience working for a leading international investment bank and for the investment fund department of leading law firms in Luxembourg. She specialized in regulated and unregulated alternative investment funds and advised international and Luxembourg clients on all aspects of investment funds management, including the setting-up, structuring, capital raising and liquidation of investment funds.

Her experience allowed her to acquire a good knowledge in Banking and Investment Funds regulations, International Corporate Law, Compliance and International Contract Law.

Areas of Expertise

  • Banking and Investment Funds regulations
  • International Corporate Law
  • Compliance
  • International Contract Law


  • LLM German Business Law, Dresden University of Technology: 2017
  • Double master degree in French and German Law, Nanterre Paris University: 2016


  • MENA LEGAL: 2023-current
  • Ashurst LLP, Luxembourg branch: 2022-2023
  • CMS de Backer Luxembourg: 2021-2022
  • HSBC Continental Europe, Luxembourg branch: 2019-2021 

Professional Activities & Memberships

  • French Business Council (CCI)
  • German Emirati Joint Council for Industry and Commerce (AHK)
  • German Emirates Club


French, German, Arabic and English.

Mr. Mohammed Al-Marzouqi

Association Partner

Mr. Mohammed Al-Marzouqi completed his law studies in the United Arab Emirates after working for 28 years in the General Directorate of Abu Dhabi Police. He is working as part of the AWS Advocates & Legal Consultancy advocacy team and is representing clients in front of the judiciary and the public prosecution, defending clients related to criminal cases in local and federal courts.

IP Registration and Management


Our experienced team of legal professionals is dedicated to guiding you through the entire process of protecting your intellectual property rights. Whether you need to register trademarks, copyrights, patents, or other forms of intellectual property, we have the expertise to ensure that your assets are secured and legally protected. We handle all aspects of the registration process, from drafting and filing applications to communicating with the relevant authorities on your behalf. Contact us today at or call +971(0)44508382 to discuss how we can help you safeguard your intellectual property and maximize its value.

Omar Al Arsan

Senior Association Consultant

Omar Al Arsan is the litigation manager and senior legal consultant at AWS Advocates & Legal Consultancy, Member of the Syndicate of Syrian Lawyers, registered as Legal Consultant in the UAE and is closely coordinating all litigation matters with the head of Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution at Brexendorff & Associates – MENA LEGAL, Mr. Mohammed Elkhour.

After graduating from the Faculty of Law at Damascus University in Syria, he completed a Master’s degree in general law at Aleppo University in Syria. With over 14 years of experience working as a legal consultant in both local and international law firms within and outside the UAE, he is mainly specialized in corporate, construction, commercial, banking and civil law.

Aws M. Younus

Association Partner

Aws M. Younus is a seasoned legal professional with over a quarter of a century of experience specializing in real estate law, contract law, and legal advisory services in the UAE, Iraq and beyond. He is the Founder and Chairman of Aws Younus Group, and Aws Advocates and Legal Consultants, which is the associated partner of MENA LEGAL in Dubai for its litigation requirements in front of Dubai Courts, arbitration and other advocacy matters.

Aws has represented numerous clients, including governmental institutions, well-known companies, and reputable businessmen. His expertise extends to arbitration and dispute resolution, where he has successfully negotiated settlements and represented clients in various legal proceedings. Aws is known for his meticulous legal research, drafting skills, and his ability to provide insightful legal advice. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Baghdad Collage (Al Turath University) and is fluent in both Arabic and English. As a dedicated legal professional, Aws continues to contribute to the legal field through his active involvement in professional associations and organizations.

Since 2023 Aws and Dr. Alexander, the founder of Brexendorff & Associates – MENA LEGAL, are closely working together to make a difference in the legal landscape of the UAE and the Middle East as a true One-Stop-Shop organization offering business and legal services at the highest international standards, combining the best the Orient and Occident have to offer always to the very best benefit of their clients.

Senior Associate / Head of Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution



He is an exceptional in-house legal counsel who provides advice and counsel to companies and organizations for more than 10 years with a stellar track record of accomplishments.

Areas of Expertise

  • Commercial and civil litigation
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Negotiation
  • Construction laws
  • Property & Real Estate claims
  • Real estate laws
  • Criminal laws
  • Labour laws
  • Corporate disputes
  • Intellectual property laws.


  • Pre-Master for Business, Law and Social Sciences, Kaplan International College London, UK – 2021
  • Bachelor of Law, Benha University, Egypt – 2010
  • A member of the Egypt Bar Association.


  • MENA LEGAL – Present (2023)
  • Bin Kamil Investment Group – from 2010 to 2023

E&P Contracts


Our legal services specialize in providing comprehensive support for Exploration and Production (E&P) contracts within the energy industry. We understand the unique legal considerations and complexities involved in these contracts and are well-equipped to assist you throughout the entire process. Our services cover a wide range of E&P contract matters, including concession agreements, joint operating agreements, production sharing agreements, drilling contracts, service contracts, and more. We have a deep understanding of the legal and commercial aspects of these contracts, enabling us to provide strategic advice and mitigate potential risks.

Joint Ventures


Our legal services specialize in providing comprehensive support for joint ventures, facilitating strategic partnerships between companies to pursue common business objectives. We offer assistance in structuring, negotiating, and documenting joint venture agreements that align with your specific goals and objectives. Our team provides strategic advice on ownership structure, governance, profit sharing, decision-making mechanisms, and exit strategies. We work closely with you to ensure that the joint venture agreement reflects the interests and contributions of all parties involved while addressing potential risks and conflicts

Commercial Agencies and Distributorship


MENA LEGAL has considerable experience in the region advising on commercial agency arrangements. Due to our expertise in assisting new businesses in the UAE, we are uniquely positioned to support foreign investors in selecting a familiar international dispute resolution forum, terminating any commercial agency agreements, and registering as commercial agents in accordance with the New Law’s requirements.
We also help in navigating the complex UAE regulatory landscape, guaranteeing compliance with company formation, licensing, and other requirements. In case of disputes, we provide counsel as well as strategic guidance. Trust us to provide personalized legal solutions to your commercial agency’s specific demands.

Transnational Litigation & DIFC Courts


MENA LEGAL takes pride in being one of the pioneers in providing legal services for transnational disputes arising in the emerging digital economy areas like blockchain, NFTs and the Metaverse. With access to the DIFC courts, we can address various legal issues under its jurisdiction including the digital economy court, assistance with will registration and diverse legal tech topic areas under the Courts of the Future.
With over two decades of experience in the region, we have been in touch with various governing bodies to stay abreast of the changing rules and regulations governing the respective economic zones and to provide unparalleled litigation expertise.

Oil and Gas


Our legal services in the energy and utilities sector focus specifically on operations and maintenance (O&M) within the oil and gas industry. We understand the unique legal challenges and complexities involved in this field, and our team of experienced attorneys is well-equipped to assist you. We provide comprehensive legal support throughout the entire lifecycle of energy and utilities projects. From project development to regulatory compliance, contract negotiation to risk assessment, we offer tailored solutions to meet your specific needs. Our services cover a wide range of legal matters, including licensing and permitting, environmental compliance, land acquisition, joint ventures, and operational contracts.

Litigation and Dispute resolution


MENA LEGAL’s team of lawyers draw upon decades of experience to provide a comprehensive strategy in matters of litigation and dispute resolution. Our dispute resolution lawyers employ the most appropriate tools and resources at every stage of the litigation process, thereby ensuring a solution that is tailored according to each individual case.
At every stage, we prioritize efficiency and cost-effectiveness, and our innovative strategies, combined with cutting-edge technology, streamline the process. We take pride in client satisfaction and open communication. Trust us to navigate legal conflicts on your behalf, ensuring the best possible resolutions while protecting your rights.

Compliance and Data Protection Controls


Our legal services specialize in helping companies navigate complex compliance requirements and establish robust data protection controls.

We assist businesses in identifying and understanding applicable laws, regulations, and industry standards related to data protection and privacy. Our team works closely with you to develop comprehensive compliance strategies tailored to your specific industry and operational requirements. This includes conducting compliance audits, assessing risks, and implementing policies and procedures to ensure adherence to legal and regulatory frameworks.

Moreover, we provide guidance on data protection controls, including data collection, storage, processing, and transfer practices. We help you implement measures to safeguard sensitive information, mitigate data breach risks and ensure compliance with data protection laws or other relevant regulations.

General Legal Administrative Services


We understand that legal administrative tasks can be time-consuming and burdensome. That’s why we offer comprehensive general legal administrative services to help streamline your legal operations. Our dedicated team is well-versed in handling a wide range of administrative tasks, including document management, file organization, legal research assistance, scheduling, and correspondence.

Additionally, our team can assist with gathering information, conducting preliminary legal research, and providing administrative support for various legal matters.

Legal Document Drafting and Reviewing


Our legal team has the skills and experience to draft or review a wide range of legal documents to protect your rights and interests. Whether you require contracts, agreements, policies, or any other legal documents, our skilled team of attorneys ensures that your documents are accurately tailored to your specific needs. Furthermore, we offer comprehensive document review services to identify potential risks, loopholes, and areas that may require modification or clarification. If you have any concerns or questions regarding this please contact us at or by calling us at +971(0)44508382

General Legal Consultancy


The MENA LEGAL team have a wide range of experience in advisory services across multiple industries. These industries include: finance, technology, real estate, dispute resolution, labor law, commercial law, and more. Through leveraging our years of know-how and practical experience, we are able to provide our clients with high-level general legal consultancy across various business sectors. This consultancy includes general advice, strategizing and analysis of any particular legal or business predicament. To make an appointment: please contact the MENA LEGAL team at or by calling us at +971(0)44508382

Company Set-ups, Corporate Structuring and Licensing


Our legal service involves comprehensive assistance in establishing new businesses, corporate structuring and obtaining necessary licenses in the UAE.

The MENA LEGAL team provides expert guidance with a detailed strategy and plan related to corporate structuring or restructuring of companies. We handle all legal aspects, ensuring your company is set up correctly, adhering to the applicable regulations and compliance requirements. From drafting and filing necessary documents to advising on the most suitable corporate structure for your business goals, we strive to streamline the process, allowing you to focus on building and growing your company with confidence.

IF you are looking to start a business in the UAE, contact us at or call us at +971(0)44508382

Associate and Head of IBAA



Baden was born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania but has been mainly based in the Middle East with a 14-year presence in the region, attaining his Bachelors of Law Degree in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

During his time in Dubai, Baden previously worked within private law firms in UAE across various departments including but not limited to corporate, labour, intellectual property. He also possesses experience in the public sector with his time at the Resident Magistrate Court in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania as well as also working with parastatal organisations, further exemplifying his versatility. His experience has allowed him to attain a good knowledge of company functions and compliance needed in relation to
different regulations.

Areas of Expertise

  • Commercial Law
  • Compliance
  • Labour Law
  • Blockchain and crypto
  • Intellectual Property


  • Bachelor of Laws, Middlesex University Dubai, UAE – 2020


  • MENA Legal 2022 – Current
  • PKF in Eastern Africa – 2021-2022
  • Resident Magistrate Court in Dar-es Salaam – 2020-2021


Swahili (Native Language), English (bilingual, first language)

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


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

Bar Admission

Germany, since 1996


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