Firas Adi


Al Habtoor Business Tower
Office 2501, PO Box 450136
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

T. +971 (0)4 568 3100
F. +971 (0)4 422 7076


Dr. Firas Adi is a highly experienced lawyer specializing in banking, Islamic finance, tax, mergers and acquisitions, aviation matters and dispute resolution. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Dr. Adi has represented a wide range of financial institutions, corporations and high net worth individuals in complex legal matters with a focus on their business goals, risk tolerance and growth aspirations.

Dr. Adi’s is known for his ability to navigate complex legal and regulatory frameworks, and for his commitment to delivering practical and effective solutions, including:

  • Family business holdings, operation and expansion
  • Tax efficiant structures
  • Shariaa compliant transactions and syndications
  • Regulatory requirements for asset managers and foreign financial institutions
  • Mergers and acquisitions including managing cross boarder transactions
  • Resolution of sharholders conflicts

Dr. Adi has an impressive background in both law and finance. As an ex-banker with a PhD in commercial and civil law and an Executive MBA in investment portfolios, he is well-versed to provide a holistic 360-degree view on the most appropriate legal structures, financing options and risk management strategies including all aspects of the operational and strategic matters and regulatory compliance considerations.


Ph.D. in Law from Damascus University (Syria) specializing in commercial and civil law
Master of Business Administration for Executive Managers from Paris Dauphine University (France) specializing in investment portfolios for Islamic banks
Higher Diploma in Private Law, University of Damascus (2004)
Higher Diploma in International Law, University of Damascus (2003)
Bachelor of Law, University of Damascus (2001)

Titles and memberships

Admitted to Damascus Bar Association (since 2002)
Legal Consultant, The Government of Dubai Legal Affairs Department (since 2013)



Professional experience

Legal Consultant at Kanaan Advocates Dubai, UAE (2013 to 2017)
Executive Manager for Legal affairs and Secretary Board of Directors then Deputy CEO at Cham Bank (2008 to 2013)
Advocate in reputable law firms Damascus, Syria (2002 to 2008)

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