Adrianus Schoorl

Local Partner, Dubai



Adrianus is a local partner in the Global Financial Services Regulatory practice, based in our Dubai office. He assists clients in the public and the private sectors including banks, asset managers, brokers, insurers, fintech entrepreneurs, sovereign wealth funds, payment systems, market operators as well as regulators and assists on both advisory and contentious mandates.

Adrianus was previously the head of the financial services regulatory team in the Dubai office of a magic-circle firm. Prior to that, Adrianus worked as a regulator in Europe, North America and in Dubai where he was involved with the inception of the Dubai International Financial Centre (the DIFC). Whilst in private practice, Adrianus has also been closely involved in numerous matters related to the Abu Dhabi Global Market (the ADGM) since its creation as well as the roll-out of a number of other key strategic regulatory initiatives and financial services developments in the Middle East region.

Adrianus has been named "next generation lawyer" by the Legal 500 for two consecutive years, as well as team winner of the MENA Funds Services Awards 2018 in the compliance category. He is admitted to the bar in the Netherlands as an EU-qualified lawyer and registered as a legal consultant in the Emirate of Dubai.

Adrianus has registered the following principal legal practice areas in the Netherlands Bar's register of legal practice areas ("rechtsgebiedenregister"): financial law ("financieel recht") and corporate law ("ondernemingsrecht"). Based on this registration, Adrianus is required to obtain ten training credits per calendar year in each registered principal legal practice area in accordance with the standards set by the Netherlands Bar.

Bars and Courts
Member of the Bar in the Netherlands as an EU qualified lawyer (“advocaat”)
University of Amsterdan
University of Berlin
Professional Conduct and Accounts / Principles of Common Law
UK College of Law


Representation of a listed Middle East financial services entity in relation to a de-listing and subsequent winding up, as well as managing the relationship with the relevant regulatory bodies.