Nader Mettawa


Industry Expertise

Aviation and Travel
Construction, Infrastructure and Real Estate
Digital Economy
Entertainment and  Events
Financial Services
Franchising, Agency and Licensing
Hospitality, Food and Beverage
Privacy and  Risk Management
Private Capital
Retail and Consumer
Technology and Media
Nader is a personable, resourceful and pragmatic UK qualified solicitor, with circa 24 years’ experience working for major corporations, including National Petroleum Construction Company, Abu Dhabi (General Counsel & Board Secretary), Serco Middle East, Dubai (Head of Legal & Compliance), Oman Oil Company E&P, Muscat (Chief Legal Counsel), Occidental Petroleum Corporation (Oxy), Oman (Legal Counsel), ADNOC, Abu Dhabi (Senior Legal Advisor) and  Sea Containers/Orient Express Group, London, UK (In-house Solicitor).  

Selected representative roles and matters:

  • During his career, Nader has provided strategic and legal advice in relation to JVs, acquisition, restructuring and financing, tendering and contracting, oil and gas agreements; engineering, procurement and construction contracts (EPC); disputes and arbitrations; insurance; shipping and transport; regulatory matters; employment; business development and start-up legal issues.
  • 10+ years of C-level leadership experience.
  • Working on several corporate restructuring initiatives and reviews of internal organizational matters.
  • Establishing international and regional subsidiaries, offices and branches.
  • Managing a number of international acquisitions in the engineering sector, including in France, the United Kingdom, Spain and India.
  • Advising on and administering oil and gas production sharing agreements and drilling contracts.
  • Drafting and negotiating joint ventures and related agreements for energy/construction projects in the UAE, India, Kuwait, Qatar, Libya, Oman, Bahrain and Saudi.
  • Managing several international arbitrations and other disputes and litigation.
  • Advising on, and supporting a large global marine container business, and handling shipbuilding contracts and charter parties, and ship finance, purchase and registration.
  • Developing and administering ethics and compliance programs.


BPP Law School
Post Graduate Diploma, Legal Practice
United Kingdom 1998

Liverpool University
Bachelor of Law
United Kingdom 1994

Wurzburg University,
Language and German Basic Law Course​
Germany 1989


English (Advanced)
Arabic (Native)
German (Basic)

Qualifications, Admissions & Memberships

Solicitor, England and Wales, 1999

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