Abdul Azeem s/o Abdul Samad
Associate | London
Abdul Azeem s/o Abdul Samad

Abdul Azeem is an accomplished litigator who focuses his practice on complex multi-party disputes and international dispute resolution matters, in particular commercial litigation and arbitration. Abdul Azeem has extensive experience advising international listed companies on multi-jurisdictional disputes and on high-stakes trial strategy. He also regularly counsels clients on matters relating to contentious insolvency and restructuring, strategically managing heavily-contested insolvency related trial proceedings.

Abdul Azeem taught Tort Law at the University of Bristol from 2007-2008 and taught Constitutional Law and Legal Practice at a private university in Singapore from 2008-2009. He was also the recipient of the University of Bristol Student Research Award during his LLM, Master of Laws.

International Arbitration

  • A Cypriot bank in ICC arbitration relating to a dispute with a Greek Bank concerning the interpretation of a SPA.
  • A Luxembourg fund in LCIA arbitration relating to a shareholder dispute with various Spanish entities.
  • A consultancy firm in LCIA arbitration relating to a contractual dispute with a pharmaceutical company about the payment of success fees under a M&A consultancy agreement.
  • A Russian individual in ad hoc arbitration under the BVI Arbitration Act and under UNCITRAL Rules relating to a corporate shareholder dispute with a BVI company relating to various issues of BVI company law and who ultimately controlled Russian leasing businesses worth hundreds of millions of Euros.
  • A sovereign wealth fund in an investor state arbitration against the government of India relating to the expropriation of bauxite mining licenses in India.
  • A European bank in an ad hoc arbitration under UNCITRAL Rules against various Kazakh energy companies over defaults under a loan agreement and guarantee.
  • A U.S. oil rig provider in LCIA arbitration over a complicated debt dispute it had with a Turkish oil company.
  • Secretary to the Tribunal on two SIAC arbitration relating to unpaid demurrage.
  • An Eastern European upstream oil company (as second counsel) in relation to a series of arbitrations it was engaged in with one of its joint venture partners.
  • A Mexican oil producer in LMAA arbitration relating to possible economic duress claims it may have against a Chinese ship builder.
  • Italian lawyers in drafting a LCIA Article 27 Notice in respect of an award handed down in an arbitration relating to energy production in Madagascar, as well as advice relating to the possibility of challenging the award in England under ss 67 and 68 of the Arbitration Act.

General Commercial Litigation

  • A major financial institution on insurance issues relating to defaults under a complex financial product.
  • A Russian oligarch in relation to BVI proceedings brought by a Seychelles company to usurp his interest in a BVI holding company.
  • A Russian bank as an interested party in an inter-partes WFO application before the Commercial Court.
  • A Russian bank in relation to global litigation against one of its largest debtors. 
  • A Russian bank as an interested party in an application to set aside an ex-parte WFO made by the Cayman Court against one of the bank’s debtors.
  • An Italian arbitrator in Commercial Court proceedings in England where the claimant in an Italian arbitration alleged that our client was party to a conspiracy to injure the claimant.
  • The management company of a Libyan investment fund in Commercial Court proceedings relating to a contractual dispute about unpaid fees.
  • A Ukrainian oligarch in relation to restructuring its loan with a Russian oligarch.
  • A major Chinese gas company in successfully setting aside an ex parte worldwide freezing injunction obtained by a U.S. oil company.

Contentious Insolvency and Restructuring

  • Joint trustees in the bankruptcy of a prominent bankrupt in the UK involving fraud proceedings brought against the bankrupt to defend the interest of the estate.
  • The judicial manager of one of the largest insolvencies in the Caribbean in relation to various litigations in Florida, Trinidad and Tobago and Dominica
  • A Gibraltar insurer facing solvency issues to commute its reinsurance contracts and increase its solvency.
  • An insolvency practitioner who was a common officeholder of connected estates on a directions application in the High Court.
  • A major creditor of a large foreign company in relation to a scheme of arrangement. 
  • The joint liquidators of a SVG company against two Russian oligarchs, a Dutch Antilles company and a BVI company in proceedings before the Chancery Division for inter alia conspiracy to defraud creditors, unlawful means conspiracy and to set aside certain preference transactions.
  • Joint trustees in bankruptcy in possession proceedings in the High Court.
  • The joint trustees of a bankrupt and the joint liquidators of a related company in relation to a highly complex asset investigation exercise which included the commencement of a conspiracy claim and various section 366 actions against individuals and entities in order to obtain sufficient information to seize assets owned by Liechtenstein trusts.

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

Services Industries
    • University of Bristol College of Law, LL.B. (Hons), 2007
    • University of Bristol College of Law, LL.M., 2008
    • England and Wales
    • Singapore
    • English
    • Arabic
    • Malay
    • Tamil