Raymond Camille Habesch




NATIONALITY: British, Palestinian
LANGUAGES: Arabic, English, French and Italian
BAR ADMISSION: Barrister-at-Law, of Lincoln's Inn
SPECIALTY: Oil & Gas and Corporate


 Raymond Habesch is a member of the English Bar, graduating from the University of London with an LL.B and an LL.M.

Having practiced law at the Bar for a number of years (English Courts), Raymond subsequently joined the legal team of a LSE-listed industrial company.

In Abu Dhabi, Raymond worked as a senior attorney with a multinational law firm then joined ADNOC as in house-counsel and a few years later became its Legal Division Manager.

Raymond later took charge of the incorporation of ChemaWEyaat as its General Counsel, a position he held for numerous years. As in-house counsel he focused on transactional work in which the business angle played a major role.

Raymond sits also as arbitrator and appears as counsel and co-counsel in national and regional arbitrations.

Raymond has published a number of articles including in the first “UAE Arbitration Yearbook”, a yearly publication edited by the “International Consultant Law Office” (ICLO) since 2015.

Professional Experience

1998 – 2001: Senior Special Attorney – Shearman & Sterling, Abu Dhabi, UAE

2001 – 2006: Legal Division Manager - Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (reporting to the Chief Executive Officer)

2008 - 2013: General Counsel & Risk Manager– ChemaWEyaat (reporting to the Chief Executive Officer)

2015 – Present: Of-counsel, ICLO, Abu Dhabi, UAE


2009: Bachelor degree in European Law, University of Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne, Paris, France

1968: University of London - LL.B (Hons.)

1969: Council of Legal Education

1971: University of London - LL.M


LL.B & LL.M from University of London, Lonodn, UK


“Arbitration and FIDIC Contract in Abu Dhabi”, published in 10 Keys for Arbitration in Abu Dhabi, March 2014 (http://www.iclo.ae/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Ten-Keys-for-Arbitration-in-Abu-Dhabi-06-12-2015.pdf)

“Oral Testimony in UAE Arbitral Proceedings”, UAE Arbitration Yearbooks 2015, ICLO publication, November 2015, page 375 (http://www.iclo.ae/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/UAE-Arbirtation-Yearbook-2015.pdf )

“Third Party Funding in Arbitration”, UAE Arbitration Yearbooks 2016, ICLO publication, 2016, page 132