Daniel Breytenbach is an experienced construction lawyer with five years post qualification experience, practicing in the UAE for the last four years and dealing predominantly with construction and real estate disputes. Daniel is a common law qualified attorney, admitted in the High Court of South Africa, and has experience with disputes in both common law and civil law jurisdictions in a wide variety of international arbitration forums.
Daniel is currently an associate in in Clyde & Co's global Projects & Construction group and primarily occupied with complex, high profile arbitrations mainly concerning contentious construction and infrastructure matters involving tier one contractors and major property developers in the MENA region.
Construction - Representing an international contracting company in a AED 534 million dispute relating to an international airport project in the Gulf.
Construction - Advising a tier one global construction company (Respondent) in a DIFC-LCIA arbitration against a MEP subcontractor in relation to the construction of a residential building project located in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The claim and counterclaim, collectively valued at AED 130 million, concerned claims for an extension of time for completion, payment of the contract price and return of performance security bonds, and counterclaims for delay damages and contra charges to set off against the subcontractor's claims.
Construction - Advised a contractor appointed for the design and construction of a military facility for an Abu Dhabi government entity in an ADCCAC arbitration, seated in Abu Dhabi. The dispute, valued at AED 375 million, related to claims for extension of time, prolongation costs, disputed variations and the employer’s call on the contractor’s performance bond.
Construction - Representing a joint venture construction and engineering company in a Qatari-seated, ICC arbitration against a multinational subcontractor. The dispute, valued at QAR 31 million related to delayed milestone payments subject to pay when paid conditions, disputed variations and a complex claim relating to the design and architectural branding of two metro stations for major railway project in Doha, Qatar.
Real Estate - Advised in a DIAC arbitration between a master developer of a large real estate project area in Dubai and a sub-developer in relation to the construction of a mixed-use, high rise development. The dispute, valued at AED 53 million, concerned claims relating to the provision of infrastructure and defaults in payment obligations. Arbitration award granted in client's favour and obtained an award for full payment of outstanding contract price, penalty interest and 80% of client’s legal and arbitration costs.