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Arash Koozehkanani


Arash advises on complex and high-value international arbitration and commercial litigation proceedings across a broad range of sectors and jurisdictions, with particular focus on disputes relating to financial products and services. 
He has acted on arbitrations under international and local institutional rules (including ICC, LCIA, DIFC-LCIA and ADCCAC arbitrations) and in DIFC and English court proceedings. He works with major international and regional clients and has represented several financial institutions, corporates and state-owned entities. 


Representative matters

A state-owned entity in a dispute relating to a private credit transaction (two London seated, LCIA and ICC arbitrations). 

A global bank in a dispute with an investor client relating to a futures trading and clearing agreement (DIFC seated, DIFC-LCIA arbitration).

A global bank in a dispute with a corporate borrower and its guarantor relating to a trade credit facility and related letters of undertaking (DIFC Court proceedings).

A global bank in a dispute with a national bank relating to letters of credit under a trade financing (DIFC Court proceedings).

A global bank in a dispute with a corporate borrower relating to a credit facilities agreement (DIFC Court proceedings).

Rising Star
Legal 500, 2023-2024



England and Wales, 2009
Higher rights of audience, England and Wales, 2015
Part II Registered Practitioner with rights of audience, DIFC Courts, 2022


BA, History, University of Oxford (Keble College), 2007

Allen Overy Shearman Sterling LLP (practising in the Emirate of Dubai as “Allen & Overy RLLP” pending the registration completion of the new name with the relevant UAE local authorities) is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC306763.
A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.