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Banker acquitted of half-a-million dirham bribery case


Complex financial charges are challenging to defend, but when the outcome is a positive one the hard work is well worth it. This case required countless hours of review of financial records and correspondence in order to ensure the best defence strategy. Our firm was up against a larger more established firm, and it was clear from the beginning that they would try to bury us in paperwork. Nevertheless, we persisted and were able to craft a successful defence strategy that ultimately led to acquittal.


This case had an international element to it, as our client was a stock broker in their home country and was move to Dubai to expand on their work. They were being charged with accepting a bribe in order to sell unliquidated shares in various companies. However, this was not necessarily the case. Expert reports demonstrated that the bank was eventually able to profit from the shares and that they were in fact liquidated shares. The court agreed with the expert report. This is a great example of the importance of an expert report and the impact it can have on a case. Our firm was able to remain on top of the requests from the expert and ensure that the mandates was followed.


The complaint has also played an active role throughout this case, and as expected has filed an appeal to the acquittal. We are confident that we will be able to continue our defence and hope for the best outcome possible.


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