Ashraf is the Founder and Managing Senior Associate at Motei & Associates - a law firm in Dubai (UAE). Ashraf heads the dispute resolution practice in M&A. He specializes in civil and commercial contentious matters and has particular focus on international arbitration. His practice encompasses a broad spectrum of substantive areas with specific focus on all types of real estate disputes including sale and purchase disputes, distressed/canceled developments, enforcement of judgments and security, employment, professional negligence and health care disputes.
In addition to his civil litigation practice, Ashraf has represented clients in numerous arbitration cases under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC). He advises on all aspects of the arbitral process, from the amicable negotiations prior to the commencement of proceedings, throughout the enforcement of final awards, either in the country of issue of worldwide pursuant to the New York Convention. He has also served as arbitrator and co-arbitrator in several significant arbitrations.
Ashraf commenced his legal career as a Public Prosecutor in Egypt prior to moving to private practice with international law firm Baker & McKenzie. Prior to establishing Motei & Associates in 2002, Ashraf was the regional general counsel for the multinational food company Nestlé.
Ashraf handles cases in Arabic, English and French with equal proficiency.