As Managing Partner, Sheheen leads the UAE offices of Goodwins and is instrumental in taking the firm to new heights. Sheheen is an experienced lawyer with over 27 years’ of post-qualification experience. He has thorough knowledge of UAE Laws, and specializes in laws relating to Company, Commercial, Banking, Insurance, Construction, Civil and Commercial Transactions, Trademark, Copyright, Patent, Maritime, Aviation, Agency, Carriage, Documentary Credits, Immigration, Labor, Mortgages, Property Development and Leasing, as well as Arbitration Rules of International as well as Regional Arbitration Centers. He also has in-depth knowledge of Islamic Shariah from its authentic sources – The Qur’an & Hadith.
After gaining qualification from prestigious universities, Sheheen was called to the bar in 1991. He has more than 22 years’ experience in the United Arab Emirates as a Legal Consultant and also spent 5 years’ in India as a full time practicing Advocate with right of audience before all courts including the Supreme Court of India. Sheheen has been granted full rights of advocacy in the DIFC Courts – Dubai, UAE, under Part II Lawyer Registration.
Before joining Goodwins, Sheheen was a Partner/Senior Corporate Lawyer in a leading law firm in Abu Dhabi, heading a team of legal professionals from different jurisdictions, and gained wide exposure to all practical aspects of corporate/commercial laws in the United Arab Emirates. Sheheen has advised a range of international and locally based corporate clients, banks/financial institutions, embassies, and public bodies on a variety of corporate projects and financial matters in the United Arab Emirates.
Sheheen has a Bar Membership in the Bar Council of Kerala, India and in the DIFC Courts – Dubai, UAE. He is one of the 12 directors on the Advisory Board of FLI Net, which comprises 85 law firms from 80 countries and 14000 lawyers.
Sheheen holds a Bachelor of Arts (Academic Laws) Degree from Pondicherry University, India (1989), and a Bachelor of Law Degree from Pondicherry University, India (1991). He also pursued his Masters’ degree in Business Laws from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore (India) as he began practice.
He is fluent in English, Tamil, Malayalam and Arabic (basic)
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