The Team

Murad Abida

Managing Partner

Murad is an international business lawyer with over 23 years’ experience in the Middle East and is considered by many of his peers as a long timer of this region. He has been involved in many of the Middle East’s most sensitive and complex corporate advisory matters. Murad’s experience includes advising clients on corporate finance and corporate advisory, corporate structures and foreign direct investment (FDI), capital markets, initial public offerings (IPOs), takeovers, listings of debt and equity instruments as well as complex corporate and commercial disputes. He has extensive experience in the various company and commercial affairs, including company and commercial law, banking and finance, Islamic Finance, Islamic Insurance, energy and infrastructure and mergers and acquisitions.

Murad is praised by his clients for his strong problem-solving skills and innovative “out of the box” pragmatic approach. Being both a qualified lawyer and a CPA enables Murad to understand the multiple business and financial drivers for commercial transactions and align legal advice with business goals.

Before founding Grey Advisory Group Murad served for many years as Partner and Head of Corporate for the Middle East at the leading global law firm DLA Piper and was responsible for managing the corporate practice across all the Middle East and the GCC, and before that he was Partner and Head of Corporate at the leading UAE law firm Hadef & Partners.

Hania Shihabuddin

Partner – Head of Project Management and Business Transformation

Hania has over 20 years’ experience in advising businesses and organizations on business transformation, quality assurance and project management.  She has assisted many companies in implementing ISO9000 Quality Management System, ISO14000 Environmental Management System, and HACCP System (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) in different industries and sectors including spinning and weaving, metal forming, industrial gases, plastics industry, retail, shipping, fit out and furniture, food industry and many others.

Hania was also a member of the advisory team tasked with setting up the human resources management system and and developing King Abdullah Award (Jordan) reports for client companies. In addition to this Hania has delivered numerous training courses related to Quality Assurance and Internal Auditing, certified as Internal Quality Assurance Auditor from SGS.

Hania also worked as a trainer with the Dubai Institute for Human Resources Development (DIHRD), delivering numerous courses including customer service, administration and communication, work essentials, problem solving and time management.

Hania is also a Certified NLP Practitioner and a Certified Corporate Coach in addition to being certified as a Master Trainer from ATD.