About Omar Mohamed Elsharief

A bilingual lawyer with more than 30 years of legal experience in banking, Islamic banking, contracts, litigation, and other legal fields. Worked with Emirates NBD one of the biggest banks in MENA and participated in the merger process of Emirates Bank and National Bank of Dubai which is the first banking meger in UAE .In-depth legal knowledge and experience in banking, commercial laws, contracts, intellectual property , real estate laws and relevant legal issues in banking such as corporate, retail, operations, wealth management, trade finance, litigation, and other legal issues.

Islamic and conventional banking experience for more than 20 years. I joined Emirates Islamic Bank a subsidiary of Emirates NBD from 2013 to 2020 as Senior Legal Advisor and Head of Operations and Retail. Thereafter, as Acting Head of the Emirates Islamic Legal Department. In Jan 2021 I started my new career with Khalifa Bin Huwaidan Al Ketbi Law Firm heading the banking and finance department and dealing with may banks' litigation and advisory issues as well as another client from different segments.Fluent in Arabic and English.


Preston University – Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) - Business Administration and Management, General
Cairo University - Khartoum Branch Degree - L.L.B., M.B.A., Law

Success Philosophy

A success mantra that has proven to be highly beneficial for me is being proactive. When you are proactive, you use whatever resources you have to find a solution to a problem rather than complaining about it or waiting for others to solve it for you. In his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change, author Stephen R. Covey talks about the importance of this attribute. The proactive approach to a mistake is to acknowledge it instantly, correct and learn from it. Using this success mantra, you won’t sit with a problem but look for solutions. Success requires being proactive and not waiting for life to come to you; it means you are on the offence and not a defence. You are active and not passive.

Specialised in

Banking Litigations
Intellectual Property Litigations
Registration of Trademarks, copyrights, and Patents
Civil and Commercial Litigation
Employment disputes
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