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Qays Hatim Zu’bi

Senior Partner, Zu’bi & Partners; Honorary Consul for Canada in Bahrain; President, AmCham Bahrain

Principal Practice Areas: Corporate; Commercial Banking; Property; Infrastructure; Telecommunications; Franchising; Privatisation; Intellectual Property; Litigation & Arbitration; Labour; Government.

Qays has a law degree from the University of Cambridge in the UK and has been practising law in Bahrain since 1981. He also holds a degree in Economics and Political Science from Duke University in the USA. He is a licensed litigator and is an arbitrator of the GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre and a licensed lawyer and legal consultant in Bahrain and in Dubai, UAE. Qays joined the law offices of Hatim S. Zu’bi & Partners in Bahrain in 1981, and went on to become a Partner.

In the early 1990s, through the firm, he entered into an agreement with the leading Canadian law firm of Stikeman Elliott to jointly pursue legal opportunities in the Middle East. Thereafter, Qays joined Al Futtaim & Sons, a major trading house in Dubai, as legal and business development advisor to the Chairman, whereby he gained vast experience and knowledge in matters relevant to commerce and the laws of the UAE.

Prior to setting up Qays H. Zu’bi Attorneys & Legal Consultants in 2001, Qays was the executive resident partner of White & Case LLP, managing its Bahrain office. Here he handled counselling and litigation matters for major financial institutions, multinational corporations and private clients.

Qays has advised private clients in Bahrain and the GCC on a wide range of local, regional and international legal matters. He has extensive experience advising clients doing business in Bahrain and in other Gulf countries. He is currently involved in advising clients in a litigation case in the USA and the UK, and is involved in advising local clients with respect to their assets in France and Azerbaijan.

As a natural progression of his career path, following his knowledge of and experience in the laws of Bahrain and the GCC region, Qays established Qays H. Zu’bi Attorneys & Legal Consultants in 2001, building it into a market leader both in Bahrain and throughout the region. For a short period following his departure from White & Case, Qays’ firm was associated with Clifford Chance.

His positions include: Licensed Lawyer (Cassation Court) Bahrain; Certified Arbitrator, GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre; Legal Consultant, Dubai UAE; Honorary Consul for Canada in Bahrain; President, American Chamber of Commerce in Bahrain (AmCham); Member, International Bar Association; Member, Law Society of England & Wales (International Division); Board Member, Bahrain Japan Business & Friendship Society; Board Member, Junior Achievement International (InJAz Bahrain); Board Member, AIESEC Bahrain; Founding member and Chairman , Oxford & Cambridge Society, Bahrain.