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1 International Maritime Law Firm United Arab Emirates & Libya

2 About Karbal & Co With offices in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Tripoli, Libya, Karbal & Co is an international law that specializes in all aspects of Maritime law. Since its inception, our firm has been committed to providing legal consultancy to contribute to the growth and development of the Middle East and North Africa. Our team of lawyers provide all legal services in English, French and Arabic. Located in Dubai s Downtown Financial Center, minutes from the Burg Khalifa and the Dubai International Financial Center, our Dubai office has participated in Dubai s growth and development of Dubai into an international hub. In 2010, we expanded to open another office in Tripoli, Libya, making Karbal & Co the first international law office to establish a branch in Libya.

3 AREAS OF PRACTICE Corporate & Commercial Transactions International Arbitration Conflicts & Dispute resolution Ship Finance Emergencies P & I and Insurance Port Development

4 CORPORATE & COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS As a law firm that specializes in transactional law, we provide our clients legal advice pertaining to maritime commercial transactions. In furtherance of our willingness to ensure that our clients needs are best represented, we advise our clients on all corporate matters in the maritime industry. Keeping to our legal practice of transactional law, we are committed to providing our clients with world-class services, including negotiating and contract drafting with due diligence in order to secure our clients best interests. We provide legal services for the following matters: Bills of lading Charter-parties Shipbuilding contracts Ship registration Maritime mortgage Mergers and Acquisitions of maritime corporations Marine transportation Purchase and sale of marine engineering equipment Contract drafting Negotiation Sale and purchase of ships and assets

5 INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION At Karbal & Co, we have extensive experience in international maritime arbitration and litigation, which has allowed us to represent various shipping clients for cases at numerous arbitration centers around the world. Our team of arbitrators are able to perform exceptional legal work in Arabic and English.

6 CONFLICTS & DISPUTE RESOLUTION With offices located in countries that play a key role in the international maritime industry, we have experience in international transactional conflicts in North Africa and Middle East, and we understand the conflicts our international and local clients may face. With growth of international trade, we are aware of the increase in maritime conflicts and claims that may occur. Our legal services for maritime conflicts include the following: Claims of damages, as well as casualty claims Contractual disputes Cargo claims P & I insurance claims, claims for damages, etc. Claims for secured transactions DISPUTE RESOLUTION As an alternative to litigation, we offer our clients dispute resolution services. Our clients are provided with worldclass services to quickly resolve disputes.

7 In order to provide our clients with all of their maritime legal needs, our legal consultants provide legal advice and services on ship finance for actors in the shipping industry of Dubai and Libya. SHIP FINANCE We provide the following services: Ship Purchase and Sales Hire Purchase Agreements Shipbuilding Finance Structured Finance Syndicated loans Ship management Mortgages

8 At KARBAL & CO, we understand the risks and liabilities faced by ship-owners and other parties. Committed to serving our clients best interests, we offer legal services to ensure our client receives the best marine and P & I insurance legal advice to prevent open-ended risks. P & I INSURANCE We provide legal advice for the following: Acquisition of Marine Insurance Negotiations P&I insurance claims, litigation Mediation and Arbitration services for insurance claims Our Maritime Insurance practice encompasses services for insurance companies, including mediation and arbitration representation for insurance claims. Our international experience includes representation of clients for insurance claims in the maritime industry.

9 EMERGENCIES At KARBAL & CO, we understand the needs of our clients when faced with maritime accidents and emergencies, both in ports and at sea. We are prepared to provide our clients with legal services in the urgent event of: Arrest of ships Pollution Shipwrecks and salvages Collisions Explosions Fires Oil spills PORT DEVELOPMENT As ports serve as a means for economic growth and vitality, we understand the importance of ports in the development of emerging markets, such as in the Middle East and North Africa. For clients seeking to develop ports, our attorneys offer legal services that will assist clients in establishing, constructing and maintaining ports. Our services include the following: Commercial transactions, such as purchase and sale of marine assets. Recruitment of contractors for construction, maintenance, and port security. Drafting contracts between governments and foreign contractors to provide services for port development. (PPP)

10 Clients We continue to provide exceptional legal services to following clients: General trading companies Shipping companies Freight-forwarders (Bulk carriers, Container ships, tankers, and gas carriers) Logistics companies Ship building companies Tanker shipping companies Drilling rig operators Defunct shipping companies Chemical shipping companies Supply shipping companies Dry bulk shipping companies Individual investors and ship financiers

11 Profile of the Founding Partner Our team is headed by Dr. Mohamed Karbal, an attorney licensed to practice law in New York, Dubai and Libya. Dr. Karbal has vast experience in both private and government sectors of the UAE. Concerning maritime law experience, Dr. Karbal is well versed in international shipping, maritime, and admiralty law, having earned an LL.M in Maritime Law from University College London (UCL). Dr. Karbal s experience encompasses international transactional legal work in South-east Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. Dr. Karbal further has experience in London Maritime Arbitration. Due to Dr. Karbal s fluency in both English and Arabic, Dr. Karbal is capable of drafting exceptional legal work concurrently in both English and Arabic. Dr. Karbal is a registered Arbitrator at the Commercial Conciliation and arbitration center in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and a registered arbitrator of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London, England, U.K. Dr. Karbal received a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from University of Missouri-Columbia, Missouri, USA, a Master of Laws (LL.M) in Maritime Law from the University College London (UCL), a Master of Laws (LL.M) in International Law from Indiana University, Indiana, USA, and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from the University of Benghazi, Libya. Dr. Karbal is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London, UK. Dr. Karbal has also held the position of Associate Professor of various American and International Universities.

12 OFFICES DUBAI 202, Saeed Tower No. 2, Sheikh Zayed Road P.O Box 73868, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Tel : + (971) Fax : + (971) Mobile : + (971) LIBYA Suite 163, 16th Floor, Section No.1 Tripoli Tower, Tripoli, Libya Tel : +(218) Fax : + (971) Mobile : +(218) / +(218)

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