Faizal Latheef is a Dubai based Business Attorney and Partner at Kochhar & Co.
Faizal is renowned for his expertise in corporate and commercial law. He represents and advises clients on a wide variety of matters including Foreign Investments, Joint Ventures, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Restructuring, Distribution & Franchising, Anti-Corruption & Compliance, Cross-Border Transactions, Employment and Wills.
Faizal has over 18 years of professional experience and has been practicing in the Middle East for over a decade. His experience in the region includes working with one of the largest international law firms (Baker & McKenzie), a top-tier UAE law firm (Habib Al Mulla & Co.) and a Fortune Global 500 corporation (AbbVie Biopharmaceuticals). His highly diversified experience gives him insights that clients would need, with practical advice rooted in both law and real world experience.
Faizal has represented some of the largest multinational corporations on cross-border transactions and has advised them on a multitude of international agreements. He has acted as the lead counsel in a number of complex commercial transactions in the region, including a multi-billion dollar joint venture in the defence sector, a multi-billion investment in the aviation sector and numerous high stake acquisitions across several industry sectors ranging from healthcare to hospitality and media to defence. Faizal has rich experience in the pharmaceuticals and healthcare sector including an in-house experience with AbbVie Biopharmaceuticals. He led AbbVie Biopharmaceuticals on its separation from Abbott Laboratories in around 35 countries in the Middle East and Africa, acting as its Regional Counsel.
Faizal also advises on various aspects of compliance, in particular, anti-corruption. He is one of the few lawyers licensed by the DIFC (Dubai International Financial Centre) Wills & Probate Registry to draft and register Wills.
Faizal has had the privilege of working with multiple nationalities and is well-travelled. These experiences have broadened his perspectives on different cultures, religions, and life; making working with Faizal, a delightful experience.
Faizal’s clients value his vast experience and rational approach to commercial transactions. He is viewed as pragmatic, focused and always accessible. Faizal also enjoys networking, and building up long-term relationships with people based on trust and transparency.
Faizal holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Mahatma Gandhi University, India and Certificate in Legal Due Diligence from The George Washington University, USA.
Publications & Speaking Engagements
In addition to being a distinguished attorney, Faizal has authored articles on a myriad of topics including foreign investment, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, anti-corruption, employment, corporate restructuring, and other matters pertinent to businesses in the UAE. Faizal also specializes in designing and delivering training on the various aspects of corporate law, compliance, and Wills. He is regularly invited by multinational corporations and various business councils to speak on diverse topics.
Family, Hobbies & Interests
When he’s not working, Faizal spends his time reading, writing and listening to Hindustani music, in particular ghazals. However, what he enjoys the most is spending time with his family consisting of his wife and two sons. He is also keen on fitness and firmly believes that fitness is all about lifestyle. He wakes up early, prefers walking to places, taking the stairs, eating a healthy diet and playing his favourite sport – squash, twice a week.
Law is nothing else but the best reason of wise men applied for ages to the transactions and business of mankind