Rita Al Semaani Jansen

Department Corporate & Commercial Qualified 1991 Education (University) Lebanese University, Beirut Languages English & Arabic (fluent) French, Dutch (basic)

Rita Al Semaani Jansen

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Rita is highly experienced in advising clients on transactional, corporate and commercial law across a variety of sectors and has a keen interest in renewable energy, construction and projects. Her practice spans across a broad range of areas, including national and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, restructuring, franchising and financing.

She regularly advises clients on all aspects of UAE laws, including free zones, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, breaches of confidentiality, white-collar crime, cross-border fraud, cyber-policies and cybercrime.

In addition to Rita’s transactional work, her experience also extends to advising clients on contentious matters relating to a range of industries but specifically major projects.

Rita has recently been awarded the Lloyd’s List ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ and is named within the top 10 lawyers of 2019 for her outstanding work over the years in the legal industry and for her trailblazing work supporting women.

Prior to moving to private practice in 1997 she was an in-house lawyer for a diversified group of companies, which is reflected in the commercial and practical advice that she provides to her clients.


Lloyd’s List 2019 ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Lawyer’s Bar Association of Tripoli - Lebanon
  • International Bar Association
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority
  • Dubai Business Women Council
  • Lebanese Business Council
  • Netherlands Business Council
  • Arab Renewable Energy Commission

What you may not know about Rita

Rita enjoys mentoring and supporting the newly qualified.

My matter highlights


  • Incorporating the holding, project and M&O entities for the purpose of a US$ 1.5 billion independent water and power project and provided the legal opinions required by the banks for the financing of the project.
  • Advising one of the world’s largest companies with activities in water management, waste management, transport and energy services, on a BOT arrangement  in relation to a waste-to-energy plant in Dubai.
  • In the context of capital restructuring of a solar project,  advising on the validity of the company structure, redemption of shares and increase of the company’s share capital to above AED 300 million.
  • Providing general assistance with corporate and contractual matters related to the acquisition of a minority stake in an existing local Angolan entity owned by the client’s distributor in the country.
  • Advising on a high-end Franchise, the corporate structure, the Sub franchise arrangement in the GCC, consultancy arrangements, IP and employment matters.
  • Acting for a foreign national energy company in recovering funds fraudulently electronically transferred to a false bank account in the UAE as a part of an international fraud operation, successfully representing the claimant in the UAE courts. This involved the police, public prosecution and UAE Central Bank.
  • Advising in relation to a cross border fraud of around USD 50 million perpetuated by a Private Bank which failed to comply with the client’s transfer instructions and instead deposited the funds into a bank account it held in the UAE.
  • Advising on the market dominance, regulatory position, processes, compliance and violations should the client’s market share exceeds 40% in the UAE due to a cross border merger. 
  • Advising a client ultimately owned by a fund, which is being restructured due to certain irregularities, on a management buyout and the sale of the company, the restructure of management, termination of employees, and benefits and consequences of voluntarily liquidation verse bankruptcy.


My testimonials and accolades

Rita Jansen

“SAMEA Lifetime Achievement Award - 2019”


Rita Jansen

“Top 10 Maritime Lawyers of the Year 2019”


My recent publications

News / Ince partner Rita Al Semaani Jansen honoured with Lloyd’s List Lifetime Achievement Award

21-11-2019 /

Ince is pleased to announce that partner Rita Al Semaani Jansen has been awarded the Lloyd’s List ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for her trailblazing work supporting women.

Ince partner Rita Al Semaani Jansen honoured with Lloyd’s List Lifetime Achievement Award

News / Rita Jansen invited by the Netherlands Business Council UAE to join their 'Business Over Breakfast' meeting as a panelist

17-04-2019 /

Rita Jansen, Partner in the Ince & Co Dubai office was invited by the Netherlands Business Council UAE to join their ‘Business Over Breakfast’ meeting this morning as a panellist.

Rita Jansen invited by the Netherlands Business Council UAE to join their 'Business Over Breakfast' meeting as a panelist

News / UAE Movable Assets Register: moving UAE lending market forward

16-07-2018 /

In March 2018, the United Arab Emirates took a significant step in developing the legislation necessary to be regarded as a mature financial jurisdiction when it published Cabinet Resolution No (5) of 2018 (the “Regulations”); the regulations to Federal Law No (20) of 2016 on Mortgages of Movables as Guarantees for Debts (the “Law”). The Law, published at the end of 2016, is likely to positively impact the UAE lending market. Pending implementation of the Regulations, it has been difficult to fully assess the impact of the Law. The clarification of the Law provided by the Regulations is further evidence of the UAE’s desire to create the legal framework that is necessary for a developed financial market and to homogenise a previously disparate registration system (previously managed by the various Emirates and free-zones).

UAE Movable Assets Register: moving UAE lending market forward

News / Lawyer You

01-03-2018 /

As hard as it may be to believe, I have been one of the lucky few to have been practicing law in Dubai since 1992. It is fascinating to see how the vision of Dubai has come to realisation and how the legal industry has changed before my eyes. I want to use the space in the IQB to share my experience of living, working, running a business and acting as a trusted advisor to clients in Dubai. I hope that my experience will prove useful to you in your professional capacity or even on a personal level. In this article I want to highlight the way information technology is changing the services that we provide as lawyers.

Lawyer You

News / The VAT status of offshore companies in the United Arab Emirates

01-03-2018 /

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) implemented the Value Added Tax (“VAT”) on 1 January 2018 under Federal Decree No. 8 of 2017 on Value-added Tax (“VAT Law”). Further guidance as to application of the VAT Law was provided by the Executive Regulations promulgated by Federal Decree Number 52 of 2017 (“Executive Regulations”) and Cabinet Resolution No. 59 of 2017. Unfortunately none of these documents clarifies the VAT status of offshore companies established in free zones in the UAE, which is the subject of this article.

The VAT status of offshore companies in the United Arab Emirates

News / Comply or Dissolve

09-02-2016 /

The new Commercial Companies Law (“CCL”) No. 2 of 2015, entered into force on the 1st of July 2015. The CCL introduced several new legal concepts which should encourage and enhance investments in the UAE. In this article we only focus on a few novelties in relation to the limited liability and joint stock companies.

Comply or Dissolve