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Sharon Coutinho

Sharon Coutinho

Project Attorney
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Sharon is a Project Attorney in the Firm. She is a corporate and commercial lawyer with more than 25 years’ experience, more than ten of them in Qatar.

Before joining Al Ansari & Associates, Sharon worked for more than 10 years with one of Qatar’s leading law firms and prior to that, for more than two years with an international law firm in its Qatar office, as a result of which she has an intricate understanding of, and has gained valuable experience in, the laws of Qatar. She has advised clients on wide ranging matters ranging from incorporation of companies, mergers and acquisitions, labour /employment, and complex contractual disputes.

Prior to coming to Qatar, she worked as an associate in a leading Indian law firm in Mumbai from 1985, and as partner from 1989 to 1995.

  • Advised FIFA in relation to Qatar’s 2022 World Cup Football bid which involved a detailed and comprehensive analysis of the legal framework in Qatar
  • Advised on various aspects of corporate and commercial law including incorporation of companies/ joint ventures in Qatar, drafting shareholder agreements, constitutional documents.
  • Advised on a merger of two private Qatari companies engaged in the business of facilities management.
  • Advised on the conversion of an exchange company from a sole proprietary concern to a limited liability company with a non-Qatari partner.
  • Advised companies on the duties and responsibilities of directors, senior management and shareholders under the constitution of the organization, the relevant Qatari laws and the relevant regulatory frame work of QFCA/QFCRA, QFMA, QCB, Qatar Exchange etc.
  • Advised a major subcontractor on contentious issues in a major construction contract involving QP and QF.
  • Advised and conducted a comprehensive due diligence on two companies in Qatar (with branches /subsidiaries worldwide) engaged in the business of servicing the oil and gas sector, in connection with a proposed acquisition by a listed European company.
  • Advised and conducted a detailed due diligence of a Qatari company which is a subsidiary of a company in Saudi Arabia, to comply with the listing requirements of the Saudi Exchange.
  • Advised and conducted a comprehensive due diligence of a limited liability company in Qatar engaged in electrical work/construction and part of an international group of companies, in connection with a proposed acquisition.
  • Undertaking several due diligence projects from a regulatory and/or labor health //safety /environmental compliance perspective.
  • Advised on all aspects of Qatar law including employment law, commercial agency, franchises and distributorships, lease law and real estate.
  • Advised on the regulations of the Qatar Financial Centre.
  • Advised on the rules and regulations governing mortgages of ships in Qatar and effecting registration of mortgages of ships in Qatar.
  • Advised pharmaceutical companies on laws relating to medicines and cosmetics, product registration and regulatory procedures in Qatar.
  • Reviewing the port regulations of Messaied and Ras Laffan ports from the point of view of the environment, due diligence in respect of acquisition of offshore vessels owned by a Qatari company, advising on management of gabbro handling operations at Messaied port.
  • Advised on and drafted stem cell storage agreements and related documents for a leading company in the QSTP.
  • Acted /assisted as Qatari legal counsel on several major transactions and advised on issues relating to enforceability of contracts from a Qatari law perspective.
  • Advised on security documentation for banking facilities and on issues relating to perfection of securities under Qatar law.
  • The Bar Council of Maharasha
  • The Bombay Incorporated Law Society
BA, Bombay University, 1982
LLB, Bombay University, 1985
Bar Admission
Bombay High Court of Judicature & Solicitor of the Bombay Incorporated Law Society