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Global Guide

General Business Law — Maldives


Premier Chambers - General Business Law Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

This firm is renowned as one of the foremost in the Maldives, with expertise ranging from criminal law to real estate. Its contentious practice is revered amongst peers, with one referring to it as "a strong litigation firm active at the highest level of commercial disputes." The team is also heavily involved in the financial sector, handling syndicated loans and investments, as well as advising on Shari'a compliance. Infrastructure projects are another area of focus for the group.

Managing partner Shaaheen Hameed is highly regarded by peers and considered "one of the most sought-after litigators in town." An eminent local practitioner, he is recognised as being "extremely strong on commercial disputes" and also offers a range of general business law services including commercial document drafting and finance advice.

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Shah, Hussain & Co - General Business Law Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

This is a well-respected firm that deals primarily with significant commercial transactions and banking and finance mandates. It has notable expertise in the TMT sector, as well as handling matters for aviation, tourism and hospitality clients. Market sources praise it as "very professional, capable and straightforward." The team is involved in several high-profile loan deals, including advising on large syndicated facilities, and acts for a number of hospitality clients on the buy and sell side of luxury hotel transactions.

As well as being "very easy to work with," managing partner Shuaib Shah is renowned for being "an exceptionally good lawyer." His esteemed commercial practice spans sizeable projects and hospitality and tourism matters, and he demonstrates profound knowledge of the banking and finance sector. A client praises him as "one of the best lawyers I have worked with."

Dheena Hussain is an experienced and respected lawyer in the Maldives who is praised for her telecommunications expertise and strength in litigation. A versatile practitioner, she works extensively for international clients, advising on projects, commercial deals and corporate matters. Peers view her as "one of the leading lawyers," and she is dual-qualified as a barrister and solicitor.

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Suood & Anwar, Attorneys at Law - General Business Law Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

This firm is admired for its breadth of knowledge and experience across practice areas including commercial, civil and criminal law. The team has built a strong reputation for investments, advising an impressive roster of overseas clients on an array of big-ticket deals. It is also one of the foremost firms in the Maldives on tax matters and continues to act on M&A and financing transactions. One source comments: "It's a pleasure working with them."

A "market leader in the hospitality area," Mohamed Shahdy Anwar is also prominent in the infrastructure sector, frequently handling acquisitions and financing. He is active on issues regarding tax, and his advice on tourism and financial matters is highly sought after. In addition to being a specialist in hospitality, he is also noted for his litigation and arbitration prowess.

Husnu Al Suood previously served as Attorney General and is extremely well regarded for his advocacy in constitutional and human rights cases. He also applies his litigation expertise to commercial disputes and is a noted academic. One peer stated: "He acts at a very high level. My understanding is that he is pivotal in some of the most significant legal developments in the Maldives."

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Mazlan & Murad Law Associates - General Business Law Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

This firm is known for having an exceptional litigation practice. It is often the first port of call in the Maldives for dispute resolution and works extensively on the behalf of banks and in the financial sector. The team represents both domestic and international clients in a variety of transactions and is also known for its involvement in property development.

Mazlan Rasheed is commended for his profound understanding of the law, and his work on civil matters is widely respected. He is a prominent figure in commercial litigation and is praised for his skill in this area. A fellow lawyer remarked: "If I wanted a litigation lawyer I would go to him: this is what he does day in, day out." Another source added: "He thrives in the commercial litigation sphere. He acts at all levels of court."

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Muizzu & Co LLP - General Business Law Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

This relatively young team has a growing reputation and is referred to by one peer as "an excellent law firm." It is noted for its strength in the banking and tourism sectors, as well as providing other commercial services. The team has gained recognition for its skill in commercial litigation and also handles criminal cases.

Ahmed Muizzu "enjoys a very strong reputation as a very solid and very good lawyer." He has re-entered private practice following a period as Prosecutor General and is especially renowned for and experienced in litigation. Clients add: "Individually, he's a heavyweight. He's excellent."

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Nasheed Anil & Co - General Business Law Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

This boutique firm does extensive work with international contractors and investors into the Maldives and offers diverse corporate and commercial services, including projects expertise. The team is active on construction mandates and transactions in the hospitality and tourism space, regularly assisting with related contract drafting. "They are very strong in contracts," opined one client, and the group also handles legislative and regulatory work. Another source remarked: "I am very, very glad that we decided to work with them."

Mohamed Nasheed is an experienced and respected practitioner and an expert in financial, commercial and investment law. A main focus of his is investment facilitation, and he acts for an international client base on projects, property and hospitality mandates. Peers mark him out for his ability in contracts: "His particular skill is in administrative drafting." He is also noted for his responsiveness and considered a "very strong, very good lawyer."

Formerly a well-respected judge, Aisha Shujune recently made the move into private practice and is widely seen as a lawyer with great potential. She is known mainly for her legislative and real estate work and was described by one interviewee as a "standout practitioner."

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Praxis Law LLP - General Business Law Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

This versatile firm has a broad practice spanning human rights, commercial work and Shari'a law. The team is growing in prominence in the Maldives and has a strong reputation for its advisory capabilities. It is experienced in matters such as real estate, tourism and finance. One peer praised the team, saying: "I have a lot of respect for this firm."

Ismail Yasar is regarded as a "very commercially aware, savvy and good corporate lawyer." He was formerly Deputy Minister of Tourism and has a formidable reputation for matters within this sector. In addition, he has gained recognition for his work in banking and finance and assists with numerous transactions, financings and corporate contract mandates.

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Band 1

Mohamed Shahdy Anwar

Suood & Anwar, Attorneys at Law

From the Chambers Global guide

A "market leader in the hospitality area," Mohamed Shahdy Anwar is also prominent in the infrastructure sector, frequently handling acquisitions and financing. He is active on issues regarding tax, and his advice on tourism and financial matters is highly sought after. In addition to being a specialist in hospitality, he is also noted for his litigation and arbitration prowess.

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Band 1

Premier Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Shaaheen Hameed is highly regarded by peers and considered "one of the most sought-after litigators in town." An eminent local practitioner, he is recognised as being "extremely strong on commercial disputes" and also offers a range of general business law services including commercial document drafting and finance advice.

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Band 1

Shah, Hussain & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

As well as being "very easy to work with," managing partner Shuaib Shah is renowned for being "an exceptionally good lawyer." His esteemed commercial practice spans sizeable projects and hospitality and tourism matters, and he demonstrates profound knowledge of the banking and finance sector. A client praises him as "one of the best lawyers I have worked with."

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Band 2

Shah, Hussain & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Dheena Hussain is an experienced and respected lawyer in the Maldives who is praised for her telecommunications expertise and strength in litigation. A versatile practitioner, she works extensively for international clients, advising on projects, commercial deals and corporate matters. Peers view her as "one of the leading lawyers," and she is dual-qualified as a barrister and solicitor.

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Band 2

Muizzu & Co LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Ahmed Muizzu "enjoys a very strong reputation as a very solid and very good lawyer." He has re-entered private practice following a period as Prosecutor General and is especially renowned for and experienced in litigation. Clients add: "Individually, he's a heavyweight. He's excellent."

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Band 2

Mazlan & Murad Law Associates

From the Chambers Global guide

Mazlan Rasheed is commended for his profound understanding of the law, and his work on civil matters is widely respected. He is a prominent figure in commercial litigation and is praised for his skill in this area. A fellow lawyer remarked: "If I wanted a litigation lawyer I would go to him: this is what he does day in, day out." Another source added: "He thrives in the commercial litigation sphere. He acts at all levels of court."

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Band 2

Praxis Law LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Ismail Yasar is regarded as a "very commercially aware, savvy and good corporate lawyer." He was formerly Deputy Minister of Tourism and has a formidable reputation for matters within this sector. In addition, he has gained recognition for his work in banking and finance and assists with numerous transactions, financings and corporate contract mandates.

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Band 3

Nasheed Anil & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Mohamed Nasheed is an experienced and respected practitioner and an expert in financial, commercial and investment law. A main focus of his is investment facilitation, and he acts for an international client base on projects, property and hospitality mandates. Peers mark him out for his ability in contracts: "His particular skill is in administrative drafting." He is also noted for his responsiveness and considered a "very strong, very good lawyer."

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Band 3

Nasheed Anil & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Formerly a well-respected judge, Aisha Shujune recently made the move into private practice and is widely seen as a lawyer with great potential. She is known mainly for her legislative and real estate work and was described by one interviewee as a "standout practitioner."

^ See whole ranking table