Tacitus Advisors

About US
Tacitus Advisors FZE is a UAE-based legal consultancy firm focused on providing exceptional corporate, commercial, technology and investment legal advice to start-ups and SMEs in the UAE. Tacitus provides unique legal services with pricing certainty. We act as the legal advisors to SMEs and entrepreneurs who are active in the EMEA region. We have many years of experience advising clients in a wide range of industries, including: media and technology, oil field services, renewable energy, education, retail, FMCG and financial services.

Our cross-border work involves complex transactional advice and ongoing operational support for our clients including: mergers and acquisitions, business structuring and restructuring, raising capital, legal due diligence, employment, global joint ventures, general commercial law advice, contract preparation and negotiation, and mentoring for technology and other start-ups. We also routinely advise on compliance and regulatory matters.

Our lawyers are culturally attuned to the business demands of the Middle East
and are totally committed to our client service ethic.

Further information on Tacitus is available from Simon Schmidt, Managing Director
at simon@tacitusgroup.net.              


Simon Schmidt Simon is the Chairman of the Tacitus Group and a co-founder of Tacitus Consultants. After a classical education at Harrow School and Oxford University he qualified as a solicitor and has been advising clients on investment in frontier and emerging markets for 20 years. Prior to establishing the Tacitus Group he was a partner in a US law firm advising clients on inward and outward investment in the Middle East, Africa and the Asian sub-continent. He has extensive experience in investment advisory, corporate finance and M&A in a wide range of sectors, including real estate, energy, mining, healthcare, technology, FMCG and hospitality. He has advised prominent institutional and high net worth investors. Previously he established a fund management business in the Dubai International Financial Centre to manage a private real estate investment trust and acted as its COO and General Counsel. Based in Dubai, Simon is an avid traveler, reader and pundit. Contact: simon@tacitusgroup.net

Senior Consultant

Tarik Jawaid Tarik, a former investment banker, is a senior consultant to the Tacitus Group with over 20 years of international transaction experience in corporate & investment banking and private equity in Asia, USA and the Middle East. Tarik has worked for a number of global and regional institutions including Credit Suisse, ABN AMRO Bank and Dubai Islamic Bank with a key focus on business origination, product development, relationship management, team management, training and corporate strategy. His coverage includes real estate and infrastructure. Tarik has a BSc in Economics from Bates College, USA. Tarik is based in Lahore. Contact: tarik@tacitusgroup.net

Business Development Coordinator and Client Relations

Patricia Haddad Based in Dubai, Patricia coordinates business development activities of the Tacitus Group companies. She has more than 15 years’ experience in business development, relationship management, project management, recruitment and digital marketing strategy and social media. She worked previously for Microsoft in Dubai leading various outreach projects, including the Imagine Cup, a regional competition for technology start-ups. She has worked extensively in the aviation, tourism and hospitality sector in the Middle East organizing events, designing social media strategies for SMEs and leading business development initiatives. Patricia has a Master's degree in Business Administration from Holy Spirit University in Lebanon. She is also a qualified HR professional and has several diplomas in digital marketing and advertising. Contact: patricia@tacitusgroup.net

  • 33rd Floor Al Saqr Business Tower, Sheikh Zayed Road,. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • P.O Box 58501