about
Why are we called 10 Leaves?
We thought of this, and then came up with one simple answer –
Why not? A bit of Shakespearean thought after all (a rose by any other name…) really.
our journey

Fifteen years is a long time…In Dubai, it's eternity.

Fifteen years of learning and experience culminated in the birth of a consultancy that prides itself in being different in being digital-first and cutting-edge.Our journey has helped us acquire specialization in working with companies across industries and geographies.

Dubai had just opened up its doors to foreign property ownership with the establishment of the Dubai International Financial Centre, or DIFC, had its first client, and we started learning.

Dubai had just opened up its doors to foreign property ownership with the establishment of the Dubai International Financial Centre, or DIFC, had its first client, and we started learning.

2007

As step changes in technology go, the year 2007 surely constituted one of the greatest leaps forward in history. We learned a lot that year, entering the digital world ourselves though our publications.

As step changes in technology go, the year 2007 surely constituted one of the greatest leaps forward in history. We learned a lot that year, entering the digital world ourselves though our publications.

2009

Established a fund administration company in Mauritius. We learned all things related to funds, and worked with all major onshore and offshore fund centres.

Established a fund administration company in Mauritius. We learned all things related to funds, and worked with all major onshore and offshore fund centres.

2013

Successfully exited the Mauritius entity.

Successfully exited the Mauritius entity.

2015

The Abu Dhabi Global Market opened its doors, and we were part of the 1st entity that registered at the centre. We learned to be pioneers.

The Abu Dhabi Global Market opened its doors, and we were part of the 1st entity that registered at the centre. We learned to be pioneers.

2017

10 Leaves was established in the ADGM, offering a breath of specialist consultancy services. Looking forward to the next wave of change!

10 Leaves was established in the ADGM, offering a breath of specialist consultancy services. Looking forward to the next wave of change!

our approach

Technology has changed the way traditional businesses function, both internally and externally. Unfortunately, most consultancies have not innovated fast enough. Our approach has always been technology-oriented - using tech to make our internal processes smoother and to make our client interactions seamless.

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technology oriented

Our approach has always been technology-oriented - using tech to make our internal processes smoother and to make our client interactions seamless.

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live tracking

You can sign our letters of engagement with your e-signature – after this, you’ll be added immediately to a Flock group, where everyone working on your assignment can update you on its progress in real time.

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Or-be Systems

We use the cutting edge Or-be systems technology that integrates Customer Relationship Management, Content Management System, and a Lead Engine.

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Fully Functional

Our website is not based solely on information. It is also designed to function as your window to the world of doing business in the UAE. From informative client briefings to vibrant infographics, we enable smooth and easy access to the information you need.

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One-look

We pride ourselves on our "one-look" pages that are designed to present information in a clear, concise, and intuitive manner. It will help you look through information faster and maximize your time.

our team
rohit

Rohit has over one and a half decades of experience in the region, with competencies in management & business consultancy, fund structures, management and administration, and regulatory compliances in multiple jurisdictions worldwide, including onshore in the United Arab Emirates and reputed offshore centers such as the Cayman Islands and Mauritius. He has consulted on establishing onshore regulated structures, including investment banks, private funds and advisory firms, in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM).

His entrepreneurial journey included establishing a fund administration company in Mauritius (exited in 2013) and establishing a joint venture that became the first entity to register at the then newly formed Abu Dhabi Global Market in 2015. Rohit currently serves as the Chief Executive of a holding company in the DIFC, that has interests in five business verticals, including consultancy.

Rohit also serves on the boards of startup media and fashion & lifestyle entities in India, and is a long-time practitioner of Kyokushin Karate, having achieved the level of 4th degree black belt.

Rohit Ghai - Founder

Living life…one book at a time...

 BishrShiblaq

Bishr Shiblaq - Partner, Legal

 Bishr Shiblaq is a Partner at 10 Leaves. Furthermore, he acts as an independent director and member of the board to other firms, including a globally leading fund administrator.

Prior to that he established and headed the MENA office of the leading Luxembourg law firm, Arendt & Medernach for around 10 years. In this capacity he advised leading financial institutions, sovereign wealth funds, asset managers, MNCs and family offices in both Europe and the Middle East on all issues relating to the structuring of international transactions and the setting-up of regulated or unregulated investment structures.

Bishr also specialises in finance-related matters, in particular structured finance, securitisations, asset finance, Islamic finance, as well as in private wealth.

  • Bishr has been recognised by MENA Fund Manager Magazine for six consecutive years as amongst the thirty most influential individuals providing services to the MENA funds industry and by Islamica500 for three consecutive time as amongst the fifty leading individuals in the Islamic economy.
  • He is a regular author on finance in various journals and other specialised publications and is regularly invited to speak on fund-related topics at conferences in Europe, the MENA region and Asia.
  • Before joining Arendt & Medernach in Luxembourg and establishing its Dubai Office in 2008, he worked for several years within the legal department of a leading research institution funded by the Federal Government of Germany.
  • Bishr holds a master’s degree in law from the University of Cologne (Germany), as well as a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Economic Law from the University of Warwick (UK).
  • He speaks English, German, French, Arabic, and Spanish.
Team Members

Ashley Valmoria

Company Formation Specialist
Team Members

Joan Marie Javier

Social Media Specialist
Team Members

Ravi Ramanani

Company Formation Specialist

Over the years, our clientele have comprised of listed companies, established fund houses, asset managers, brokerage houses and corporations. Here is a sample of our work:

Dubai International Financial Centre

  • A Category 2 Investment Bank, with the primary activity of Dealing In Investments as Principal
  • A Category 2 Brokerage House
  • A Category 2 Investment Bank, providing mezzanine finance services
  • A Category 3 Asset Manager
  • An Exempt Fund, with an initial AUM of US$ 20 million.

Abu Dhabi Global Market

  • A Category 2 license with the primary activity of Providing Credit
  • A US$ 750 million Qualified Investor Fund
  • A startup Category 3 license (under process) with the primary activity of Managing Assets
  • An investment bank license (under process) with a starting capital of US$ 50 million
  • A startup Category 4 license (under process)
  • Two Exempt Funds under an umbrella structure, with a foreign fund manager (under process)
  • Three Category 3A brokerage licenses (under process)
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