Elena Schildgen

Managing Partner


Elena Schildgen is the Managing Partner of Meyer Reumann & Partners since 1995. As the business owner she has been integral with strategically growing the firm, ensuring it is large enough to advise on major corporate legal issues inclusive of multi-jurisdictional corporate restructuring such as carve outs, mergers and acquisitions whilst not diminishing the personal contact with the Lawyers handling the cases.

As the firm has grown over the years and adapted to the changing needs of the region, she has sourced talent both locally and from our German student interns. This strategy has enabled the firm to truly become a one stop shop for all of our clients’ legal needs and today covers 12 fields of law including company formation, corporate & commercial matters, real estate, family and international private law, inheritance, wills & probate and intellectual property.

Languages: German (native), English (fluent), Arabic (basic)


Elena Schildgen graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Passau, Germany, in 1988. She worked for Meyer-Reumann & Partners (previously Meyer-Reumann Legal Consultancy) in Dubai for five months in 1990 during her lawyer apprenticeship. Since her final law examination in 1991 she is admitted to the bar of Munich. In March 1991 she joined Meyer-Reumann & Partners in Dubai. Mrs. Schildgen published various articles on different legal topics of the Gulf countries in Middle East Executive Report (MEER) and Recht der Internationalen Wirtschaft (RIW).

Being trained as a German Lawyer, Elena is also able to advise locally based companies on German law but at the same time supporting our clients in the UAE and internationally on matters concerning company law, family law and labour law, having successfully represented a client in an ICC arbitration in Paris.


  • Drafting, reviewing, amending and negotiating commercial and corporate contracts, including commercial agency and distributer agreements.
  • Developing and setting up of corporate structures and regional sales organizations.
  • Advising international corporate clients on setting up of companies in the United Arab Emirates including the Free Zones.
  • Advising clients on multi-jurisdictional corporate restructuring, such as carve outs, mergers and acquisitions.
  • Co-ordinating legal procedures at German courts concerning company law, family law and labour law.
  • Advising clients on trademark registrations for all GCC-Countries.
  • Specialized in the following fields in the UAE: international private law, family law, inheritance law and UAE probate matters, DIFC will registration, succession planning, establishment of foundations.