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Sara Holder

Managing Partner, MEA


+971 4 309 8000


Sara, based in Dubai, is Managing Partner of our operations in the MEA Region.

Sara Holder is co-head of Rouse's Global Patent/Technology Practice. She holds degrees in law and science (Biochemistry) and qualified and practiced in New Zealand as a lawyer before joining Rouse in 1998. Since then, she has worked in China, Indonesia and Middle East, becoming a specialist in the issues and challenges faced by, and encountered in, developing intellectual property jurisdictions

Sara handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters, with a particular focus on technology strategy and advisory work, monetisation and management of technology and innovation, including the protection and enforcement of patents and IPR acquisitions and enforcement. Sara also handles regional trade mark portfolios for some of the world's largest brands and contentious trade mark matters.

In addition to her academic qualifications and experience, Sara is a member of various IP organisations, has published numerous articles in industry journals, contributed to various texts on Intellectual Property and speaks regularly at seminars and conferences on technology and commercialisation of IP.


  • LLB, University of Canterbury, New Zealand 

  • BSc, (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), University of Canterbury, New Zealand

  • Certificate of Professional Legal Studies (NZ Institute)

  • Enrolled as a Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand

  • Licensed as a Legal Consultant by the Rulers Court of Dubai


  • IAM Global Leader: 2020
  • Chambers: Top tier rankings and now Eminent Practitioner 2013-2020

  • IAM Patent 1000: 2017-2020

  • The Legal EMEA Leading Lawyer: 2015-2020

  • Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars Trademarks and Patents: 2014-2020

  • Managing Intellectual Property Top 250 Women in IP: 2017-2020

  • Who’s Who Legal: 2013-2020

  • World IP Review Influential Women in IP: 2019-2020

  • World Trademark Review 1000: 2014-2020

Personal Interest

Sailing, diving and travelling