Imtiaz Shah

Imtiaz Shah


Email [email protected]​

Phone +971 4 377 9222

Fax +971 4 377 9378

LanguagesEnglish, Urdu

Practice groupCorporate & Finance

'Imtiaz Shah... is ‘commercially focused and responsive.’'

Legal 500 EMEA 2014

Based in the Middle East for over 20 years, Imtiaz Shah has closed hundreds of deals across all the major countries of the Gulf and the wider Middle East. Widely recognised as one of the leading corporate lawyers in Dubai, Imtiaz is a partner in the Corporate and Finance practice in the Middle East. Imtiaz's work is a mix of M&A, commercial, regulatory and investment funds. A wealth of experience in the region allows Imtiaz to bring practical and often innovative solutions for clients undertaking corporate deals across the Middle East. He is a trusted advisor to many of the largest corporates, financial institutions and family offices undertaking business in the region.

Legal 500 calls him 'commercially focused and responsive' and Chambers Global lauds his 'excellent reputation for wide ranging expertise'. Imtiaz seamlessly knits together documentation which navigates the many often restrictive regulations in the Middle East with commercially relevant and cutting edge provisions which best protect clients' interests. Imtiaz's experience, commercial nous and his ability to 'think around corners' has helped many clients efficiently cut through seemingly intractable problems and quickly achieve their goals.

Awards and recognitions


Global Leader, Recommended, Insurance & Reinsurance
Who's Who Legal


Commercial, Corporate and M&A, UAE, Recommended
Legal 500 EMEA


Investment Funds (Middle East-wide)
Chambers Global


Corporate/M&A (United Arab Emirates)
Chambers Global


Commercial, Corporate and M&A
Legal 500 EMEA

Education and admissions


BSc (Hons)


Law Society of England and Wales

Bar admissions and qualifications

Solicitor, England and Wales

Related knowledge

Africa Insights

Representative experience

The shareholders on the sale of 30.6% of the shares in RAK Ceramics, the world's largest manufacturer of ceramic tiles.

Konecranes Plc on the acquisition of 100% of the shareholding in Saudi Cranes and Steel Works Factory Limited.

Gucci on the acquisition of a stake in its Gulf business through a joint venture with Al Tayer Group.

YSL on the acquisition of a stake in its Gulf business through a joint venture with Al Tayer Group, one of Dubai's leading business groups.

Fajr Capital on its acquisition of shares in Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam.

Al Homaizi Group on the acquisition of Mani Foods from the founder and Abraaj Capital.

Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP) and Tufton Oceanic in relation to the establishment of the U.S.$150m APICORP Petroleum Shipping Fund

Edenred on the acquisition of a stake in C3 Card.

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