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Sandeep Dhama

T: +971 4 407 3906 M: +971 55 552 0869 Email Sandeep Office: Dubai

Sandeep Dhama Partner

Contact details

Sandeep Dhama

Sandeep Dhama
Partner

T: +971 4 407 3906 M: +971 55 552 0869 Email Sandeep Office: Dubai

Sandeep has a wealth of experience advising clients from the GCC and international clients investing in the Middle East, in particular clients from Europe and South East Asia.
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He specialises in M&A, joint ventures and private equity and has expertise in capital markets and restructuring.

Sandeep has been in the region since 2010 and has worked on many market leading transactions involving regional heavyweights and high profile global clients.

He is also Co-author of a chapter in “International Monetary and Financial Law - The Global Crisis” published by Oxford University Press.

'A diligent and pragmatic practitioner'

The Legal 500: Europe, Middle East & Africa 2018

  • Foreign direct investment
  • Public and private M&A
  • Private equity and venture capital
  • Joint ventures

Hong Kong listed company

Advised on its proposed US$100 million shopping mall development.

UHNW South East Asian family

Advised on proposed Dubai operations.

Leading Iberian supermarket chain

Advised on its exit from franchising arrangements in the UAE.

Leading Iberian produce company

Advised on proposed Dubai operations.

El Khayyat Group

Advised on its US$110 million acquisition of interests in an KSA based industrial joint venture from a leading global industrial company. This deal won Mergermarket Middle East Industrials and Chemicals M&A Legal Advisor of the Year 2017.

Leading regional retail business

Advised on its £125 million bid for a globally renowned retailer and for the Sellers and Management on a proposed US$100 million MBO.

FTSE 250 listed Lamprell plc

Advised on the local aspects of its US$332 million acquisition of Oslo listed Maritime Industrial Services Co. Ltd. Inc.

Australian listed Amalgamated Holdings

Advised on its US$77 million disposal of its stake in VOX Cinemas to Majid Al Futtaim.

GEMS Education

Advised on its buyback of a stake from Abraaj for approximately US$200 million.

Pakistan Petroleum

Advised on the acquisition of a UK vehicle owning assets in Pakistan and Yemen for in excess of US$150 million.

A prominent Saudi family

Advised on the disposal of their interest in MedPharma, a major UAE pharmaceuticals company to NYSE and TSX listed Valeant Pharmaceuticals in a deal worth US$25 million.

SATS Ltd, a Singapore listed Temasek portfolio company

Advised on their disposal of their interest in a Saudi joint venture to their KSA partner for US$18.4 million

More: Public and private M&A

A consortium including regional private equity funds

Advised on a proposed investment in to a UAE-based food processing business.

KAMCO

Advised on an investment in to a European oil field remediation business with interests in the Middle East.

Dubai Investment Group (South East Asia arm)

Advised on an investment in to a subsidiary of a Singaporean listed entity and its subsequent exit through a S$85 million reverse takeover on the Singaporean Stock Exchange, and on its proposed investment in a Vietnamese infrastructure fund manager.

Sovereign Capital

Advised on equity negotiations with management on the c.US$75 million MBO of a schools’ business in the United States and Middle East by Sovereign Capital.

More: Private equity and venture capital

Leading Chinese real estate developer

Lead counsel on a high profile proposed US$250 million real estate joint venture.

Sovereign owned leading UAE property developer

Several high value joint ventures for a with major local and global entities.

Leading Chinese automobile manufacturer

Advised on proposed joint venture arrangements in Iran.

More: Joint ventures

  • Retail and luxury goods
  • Real estate investors and developers

Leading regional retail business

Advised on its £125 million bid for a globally renowned retailer and for the Sellers and Management on a proposed US$100 million MBO.

Leading Iberian supermarket chain

Advised on its exit from franchising arrangements in the UAE.

Leading Iberian produce company

Advised on proposed Dubai operations.

High profile UK fashion retailer

Advised on Middle Eastern issues.

More: Retail and luxury goods

Leading Chinese real estate developer

Lead counsel on a high profile proposed US$250 million real estate joint venture.

Sovereign owned leading UAE property developer

Advised on several high value joint ventures with major local and global entities.

Hong Kong listed company

Advised on its proposed US$100 million shopping mall development.

More: Real estate investors and developers

  • The Middle East
  • UK
  • India
  • Southeast Asia
  • UAE

Leading Saudi family

Advised on its proposed US$110 million acquisition of interests in an KSA based industrial joint venture from a leading global industrial company. This deal won Mergermarket Middle East Industrials and Chemicals M&A Legal Advisor of the Year 2017.

Leading regional retail business

Advised on its £125 million bid for a globally renowned retailer and for the Sellers and Management on a proposed US$100 million MBO.

Australian listed Amalgamated Holdings

Advised on its US$77 million disposal of its stake in VOX Cinemas to Majid Al Futtaim.

A prominent Saudi family

Advised on the disposal of their interest in MedPharma, a major UAE pharmaceuticals company to NYSE and TSX listed Valeant Pharmaceuticals in a deal worth US$25 million.

GEMS Education

Advised on its buyback of a stake from Abraaj for approximately US$200 million.

More: The Middle East

RBS as inhouse counsel

Advised on proposed £1.5 billion disposal of branches and parts of its business to Santander.

Albion Ventures (then Close Ventures)

Advised a leading UK Venture Capital fund - acting on at least 25 different matters and on transactions worth over £80 million.

FTSE 250 listed Lamprell plc

Advised on the local aspects of its US$332 million acquisition of Oslo listed Maritime Industrial Services Co. Ltd. Inc.

Management team of Willis & Gambier Ltd

Advised on a £60 million MBO with Bank of Scotland.

Genus plc (AIM listed)

Advised on c£200 million acquisition of LSE listed Sygen plc.

More: UK

DQ Entertainment plc

Advised an Emmy award Indian company on their listing on AIM.

Southeast Asia based private equity fund

Advised on a proposed private equity investment into a group of Indian companies.

Lead manager

Advised on a Foreign Currency Convertible Bond issue by an Indian company.

More: India

GIC

Advised on its partial disposal of its stake in Budapest airport.

Dubai Investment Group (South East Asia arm)

Advised on an investment in to a subsidiary of a Singaporean listed entity and its subsequent exit through a S$85 million reverse takeover on the Singaporean Stock Exchange, and on its proposed investment in a Vietnamese infrastructure fund manager. In this role I drafted and negotiated the main transaction documents, managed local counsel and managed completion of the investment.

SATS Ltd, a Singapore listed Temasek portfolio company

Advised on their disposal of their interest in a Saudi joint venture to their KSA partner for US$18.4 million.

UHNW South East Asian family

Advised on proposed Dubai operations.

A listed Singaporean engineering company

Advised on a proposed UAE joint venture with a regional heavyweight.

GEMS Education

Advised on proposed acquisitions, strategic projects and joint ventures in China, Singapore, Brunei and Hong Kong.

More: Southeast Asia

Sovereign owned leading UAE property developer

Advised on several high value joint ventures for a with major local and global entities.

Leading regional broadcaster

Advised on strategic and shareholder issues.

GEMS Education

Advised on its buyback of a stake from Abraaj for approximately US$200 million.

Leading regional retail business

Advised on its £125 million bid for a globally renowned retailer and for the sellers and management on a proposed US$100 million MBO.

Australian listed Amalgamated Holdings

Advised on its US$77 million disposal of its stake in VOX to Majid Al Futtaim.

More: UAE

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