Raza Mithani

Partner, Commercial Dispute Resolution

Raza Mithani


Raza Mithani leads the Commercial Disputes Practice in the Dubai office of the firm. He is recognised as an expert in international commercial arbitration and cross-border litigation, focusing on high value and complex disputes. He regularly acts on behalf of sovereigns, financial institutions and a wide range of multinationals in disputes across various industry sectors, including financial services, hospitality, energy and construction.

He has been praised as an advocate who “excels in arbitration hearings” (Legal 500 EMEA, 2013), is recommended for his "technical know-how and skill in relation to complex matters" (Legal 500 EMEA 2011), and acknowledged as “pre-eminent...” (Legal 500 UK, 2007).

In addition to acting as counsel, Raza is frequently called upon to sit as an arbitrator, has acted as an expert witness on UAE Law in foreign proceedings, and is a regular author and speaker at international conferences on dispute resolution.

Prior to moving to the Middle East, Raza practised as a Barrister from leading chambers in the UK, where he was also appointed by the Crown as Treasury Counsel.

He was the top student called to the Bar of England & Wales by Lincoln’s Inn at the time. .

Contributing author to the Financial Regulation: Emerging Themes in 2018 publication – an extensive collection of articles on key topics including competition, individual accountability, financial crime, data protection, MiFID II and much more.

Select Publications


  • Mason and Naon (editors), International Commercial Arbitration Practice: 21st Century Perspectives
  • Mithani, Directors’ Disqualification, 2nd edition, 3 volumes
  • Encyclopaedia of Forms and Precedents, Volume 3(2)
  • Atkin’s Court Forms, Volume 7

Media and Articles

  • Dubai backtracks on ‘locals only’ law, Global Arbitration Review, December 2017
  • Fraud Beyond Borders, The Oath, June 2017
  • A new law for Qatar, Global Arbitration Review, February 2017)
  • How derisking became a humanitarian issue, The Banker, February 2017
  • Predictive Coding in International Arbitration, The Oath, December 2016
  • Dubai launches maritime centre, Global Arbitration Review, November 2016
  • DIFC-LCIA revamps rules for first time, Global Arbitration Review, October 2016
  • DIAC opens in DIFC after new agreement on enforcement, Global Arbitration Review, September 2016>/li>
  • First woman arbitrator appointed in Saudi Arabia, Global Arbitration Review, August 2016
  • A change of direction for Saudi Arabia, Global Arbitration Review, June 2016

Representative Matters

  • $1bn dispute

    Represented a North American defence contractor in a joint venture dispute with a Middle Eastern counterparty worth over $1bn.
  • Telecommunications company, North Africa

    Represented a major investor in a dispute arising out of its investment in a telecoms company in North Africa. The dispute was subject to ICC arbitration in London.
  • NATO Supplier

    Represented a supplier to NATO forces in a multi-million dollar DIAC arbitration relating to the leasing of aircraft in Afghanistan.
  • Agency Dispute

    Representing a prominent Middle Eastern individual in an ICC arbitration in London arising out of the failure by the principal to pay commissions of over $100 million.
  • Multi-lateral development finance institution

    Represented a multi-lateral development finance institution in an IICRA arbitration worth over $150 million arising out of an oil-backed Murabaha agreement.
  • Wakala Agreement

    Representing a UAE investor in a AED 300 million Islamic finance dispute arising out of a Wakala Agreement determined by Kuwaiti Law.
  • UAE property developer

    Represented a UAE property developer in thirteen arbitrations with a total value of $250 million against a Master Developer arising out of the alleged breach of various plot Sale and Purchase Agreements.
  • Property Portfolio

    Representing a developer in a DIAC arbitration worth over $100 million concerning the sale of a property portfolio.
  • Termination of Hotel Management Agreement

    Acting in a multi-million dollar dispute arising out of the termination of a Hotel Management Agreement due to the cancellation of an iconic offshore development. The case involved novel issues regarding the quantification of damages.
  • Hotel Operator

    Representing a party in a dispute relating to alleged failures by a well-known hotel operator to meet agreed KPIs on a high end luxury beach resort. The issues included whether the operator's ability to meet the KPIs had been frustrated by delays in construction of the resort.
  • Cement Plant

    Represented a Greek construction company against a UAE family group in an ICC arbitration in London and in related enforcement proceedings in London and the UAE. The dispute concerned a joint venture to construct and operate a cement plant.