25 ASIAN LEGAL BUSINESS – JUNE 2023 WWW.LEGALBUSINESSONLINE.COM ALB MENA SUPER 50 2023 KUSHAGRA ASHOK ARORA founder, DGM and Al-Mheri Advocates & Legal Consultants LLC, United Arab Emirates Encouraged by a rewarding practice in the region of over a decade, Kushagra has partnered to expand his practice within MENA through these offices in Dubai and ADGM. Arora is well regarded as an accomplished and dependable disputes lawyer specialising in commercial litigation and arbitration. Arora’s expertise has exposed him to a wide range of industries, such as construction and real estate, F&B, pharmaceuticals, hospitality, oil and gas, insurance, logistics, healthcare, cybercrimes, fintech, and investments. His growing practice is a testament to clients’ confidence in his ability to formulate unorthodox legal strategies and navigate complex disputes. He is widely acknowledged for yielding tangible results. Several firms frequently require Arora’s practice to co-counsel in multiple jurisdictions, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Guinea, Angola, Mexico, Ethiopia, Singapore, Switzerland, the Netherlands, China, and Japan. His impressive track record has earned him recognition and accolades, including being featured in the ALB MENA Super 50 lawyers list for 2021 and 2022. Prior founding 1948 Chambers, Arora was a co-founder and partner at the renowned Mahmood Hussain Advocates and Legal Consultancy, where he honed his skills and deepened his understanding of UAE’s legislative landscape and its practicalities. “Kushagra has a natural panache for simplifying otherwise entangled legal proceedings, and he does so while playing fair.” ZIAD EL-KHOURY chief executive officer, BLK Partners, Saudi Arabia Ziad El-Khoury is the chief executive officer and senior legal consultant at BLK Partners, a prominent and unique legal platform based in Riyadh. With a reputation as a leading legal expert in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East, El-Khoury’s extensive experience and deep understanding of the corporate and business landscapes have solidified his position as a trusted authority in the field. His prowess extends beyond routine legal matters, encompassing complex cases involving corporate, healthcare, technology, real estate, construction and infrastructure, litigation, and alternative dispute resolution. Market sources consistently praise El-Khoury, acknowledging his influential role in developing the firm’s regional profile and capabilities and managing its spectrum of corporate and commercial mandates. He is also highly rated for his healthcare knowledge and commercial business acumen. El-Khoury ‘s remarkable leadership abilities enable him to spearhead highstakes projects with finesse. His keen insights and exceptional guidance have earned him the trust of major corporations and influential clients across Saudi Arabia, the Middle East, and globally. Under his leadership as CEO, and despite the pandemic, the firm grew five folds in the last 5 years, a remarkable achievement by all measures. El-Khoury holds an LL.M in International Business Law from the American University in Washington, DC, and a JD (equivalent) in Lebanese law from Universite La Sagesse. He is fluent in Arabic, English, and French, facilitating seamless communication with clients from diverse backgrounds. KUSHAGRA ASHOK ARORA 1948 Chambers ALI BACHROUCH Al Tamimi & Company CHERYL CAIRNS Trowers & Hamlins NICK CARNELL Taylor Wessing AARON DIKOS Al Tamimi & Company DEBOPAM DUTTA Trowers & Hamlins ZIAD EL-KHOURY BLK Partners JASMIN FICHTE Fichte & Co MELISSA FORBES-MIRANDA Stephenson Harwood CHRISTOPHER GUNSON Amereller Law Firm ANDREAS HABERBECK Derayah LLPC – Saudilegal NAJIB HAGE-CHAHINE Hage-Chahine Law Firm RAN HAI Herzog Fox & Neeman MICHAEL HARTLEY Mantle Law KIERSTEN LUCAS Stephenson Harwood SOURAYA MACHNOUK Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm JONATHAN P NOBLE Amereller Law Firm JERRY PARKS Taylor Wessing ARDESHIR D PATEL Al Busaidy, Mansoor Jamal & Co MAZEN RASAMNY Rasma Legal EYAD REDA Eyad Reda Law Firm MUNIR SUBOH BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates RANIA TADROS Stephenson Harwood RAD EL TREKI Al Tamimi & Company ABDELMAJEED ZWAIRI MAS Advocates