Mikaeel Adam

Mikaeel Adam


Email mikaeel.adam@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +27 11 775 6346

Fax +27 86 676 4569


Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

Mikaeel Adam is an attorney in the litigation practice area, and focuses on general and commercial litigation, and aviation law.

He has litigation experience in the South African courts as well as in alternative dispute resolution forums, and has acted in various commercial and regulatory matters pertaining to aviation and aviation insurance, securitised debt, real estate, shareholder disputes and franchising, on behalf of financial institutions, corporate entities, and individuals.

In addition, Mikaeel has negotiated and advised on a range of commercial agreements, prepared submissions to alternative dispute resolution forums and civil aviation authorities, assisted with due diligence investigations, and authored formal legal opinions related to various areas of law.

Furthermore, he has presented to various insurers on the judicial interpretation of exclusion clauses in aviation insurance contracts, and to the Institute of Loss Adjusters of Southern Africa on the difficulties of insuring remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS).

Education and admissions


B.A., University of the Witwatersrand

LL.B., University of the Witwatersrand

Certificate in Advanced Company Law, Mandela Institute

Court admissions

South Africa (High Court)

Representative experience

Advised on and determined the feasibility of short duration landings of, and passenger boarding and deplaning private aircraft in South Africa.

Advised an Abu Dhabi-based client on aircraft engineer licence conversions, and prepared submissions in this regard to the General Civil Aviation Authority (UAE).

Prepared submissions on behalf of a South African specialised commercial aviation company in response to queries raised by the Autorite Nationale De L'aviation Civile.

Assisted a general aviation company in disputes pertaining to liens over aircraft, salvage operations, defective aircraft maintenance, MPIs, and aircraft leases.

Advised a large international management consultancy on issues pertaining to a subcontractor relationship with the state.

Acted for a major SA banking institution in proceedings related to its securitised mortgage debt portfolios, including foreclosures involving debt ceded to SPVs.

Acted for a major South African ICT services provider in defending competitor complaints made to the Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa.

Advised a major construction and development company regarding the reinstatement of a deregistered entity to enable transfer of land owned prior to its deregistration.

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