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Melissa Forbes-Miranda

T: +971 4 407 3904 M: +971 54 306 6543 Email Melissa | vCard Office: Dubai

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Melissa Forbes-Miranda

T: +971 4 407 3904 M: +971 54 306 6543 Email Melissa | vCard Office: Dubai

Melissa is a corporate and commercial partner based in Dubai with extensive experience advising on M&A, joint ventures, FDI, restructuring and insolvency, shareholder disputes, private equity / venture capital, and general corporate and commercial advisory matters across the Middle East region.
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Melissa is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer with over 15 years of experience advising on both regional and cross-border corporate deals and various corporate and commercial legal issues.

Having been based in Dubai for over 13 years, Melissa is a trusted advisor and key point of contact to many multinational and regional clients for their legal needs across the Middle East region

Melissa has a reputation for providing legal advice that is commercially relevant, on-point, adds value and is strategic to the needs of the client, and is recognised as a “Rising Star” in the field of commercial, corporate and M&A by Legal 500 EMEA 2022.

Melissa’s practice focuses primarily on M&A, joint ventures, FDI (foreign direct investment), restructuring and insolvency, corporate and shareholder disputes, and private equity / venture capital.

She also has expertise in commercial, outsourcing and technology mandates such as distribution and agency arrangements, franchising and licensing, regulatory issues (particularly licensing, competition law and corporate governance issues), hotel management agreements, supply and service agreements, and commercial disputes.

Melissa has a particularly strong reputation for her expertise in the technology sector, having worked on various matters relating to data centres, data security, defence technology, healthcare technology, technology product manufacturing and distribution, software licensing and development, fintech, e-commerce, online advertising and media, internet of things (IOT), and blockchain / cryptocurrency.

Melissa also has clients that span across a broad range of other sectors, including financial services, insurance, life sciences, healthcare, industrials and manufacturing, consumer, real estate and construction, professional services (particularly education), and hotels and leisure.

  • Public and private M&A
  • Joint ventures
  • Restructuring and insolvency
  • Foreign direct investment
  • Private equity and venture capital
  • Commercial, outsourcing and technology

Acquisition of data centre

Advised a syndicate of banks and financial institutions on the sale to a UAE-based telecommunications services provider of certain secured assets recovered from a defaulting borrower group, whose assets consist of key tangible and non-tangible assets that are required in order to continue to operate a data centre that houses critical data of certain government and semi-government authorities of the UAE.

Acquisition of data centre equipment manufacturer

Advised a US-based data centre equipment manufacturer on the UAE aspects of the acquisition of a group that specialises in the manufacture and supply of electrical switchgear and power distribution solutions with a manufacturing plant located in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE.

Acquisition of telecommunications equipment distributor and service provider

Advised a regional telecommunications equipment distributor on the acquisition of the distribution business unit and the maintenance and service business unit of a regional telecommunications equipment and service provider.

Acquisition of Arabic audiobook platforms

Advised a Swedish-based multinational electronic book publishing company, on the acquisition of two separate Arabic audiobook platforms.

Acquisition of investment stake in luxury watch e-commerce platform

Advised a regional luxury retail operator on the proposed purchase of a minority stake in a global e-commerce retailer of second-hand luxury watches.

Acquisition of Middle Eastern healthcare informatics solutions group

Advised IQVIA (a global provider of healthcare information, services and technology) on the acquisition of Dimensions Healthcare (a Middle Eastern healthcare informatics solutions group).

Acquisition of investment stake in ‘buy now, pay later’ fintech business

Advised Afterpay and AP Ventures on the acquisition of an equity stake in Postpay, a UAE-based “buy now, pay later” fintech business that operates in the Middle East region.

Acquisition of payment service provider (PSP) business

Advised a French-headquartered global prepaid corporate services company on the acquisition of a portfolio of approximately 16,500 clients from a regional payment service provider group.

Dar Al Takaful acquisition of Noor Takaful

Advised Dar Al Takaful PJSC on the acquisition of Noor Takaful General PJSC and Noor Takaful Family PJSC.

Gulf Insurance Group acquisition of the Middle East insurance business of Axa

Advised Gulf Insurance Group on the UAE aspects of the acquisition of the Middle East insurance business of Axa.

Acquisition of equity stake in French biopharmaceutical company

Advising Gulf Pharmaceuticals (Julphar) on the acquisition of an equity stake in Quantum Genomics, a French-based company that is listed on the Euronext Growth stock exchange.

Divestiture of glass bottle manufacturing plant

Advised Frigoglass SAIC on the divestiture of its UAE manufacturing operations to ATG Investments Limited.

Acquisition of quality control inspection and testing group

Advised a Hong Kong-based multinational quality control group on the proposed acquisition of a UAE-based inspection and testing group with operations across the Middle East, Africa and the Far East.

Sale of a majority stake in a Middle Eastern car parts distribution company

Advised the founders of a Middle Eastern car parts distribution company on the proposed sale of a majority equity stake in the company to one of its suppliers.

Acquisition of minority shareholder’s stake in glass bottle manufacturing facility

Advised Frigoglass SAIC on the acquisition of the minority stake of its joint venture partner in a UAE free zone company which manufactures and supplies glass bottles to the Middle Eastern market.

Acquisition of stake in chemical distribution group 

Advised Brenntag (a European chemical distribution company) on the purchase of a controlling stake in Trychem (a chemical distribution group based in the UAE).

Acquisition of stake in Swiss luxury watch manufacturer

Advising a regional luxury retail operator on the proposed acquisition of an equity stake in a Swiss-based luxury watch manufacturer.

Acquisition of stake in oyster farming business in the UAE

Advised a UAE-based high net worth family group on the acquisition of an investment stake in an oyster farming business in the UAE.

Buyout of stake of joint venture partner in group that owns various restaurant and café chains in the UAE

Advised an Oman-based investment group on the acquisition of its joint venture partner’s stake in a UAE-based group that owns a number of restaurant and café chains.

Disposal of international F&B chains

Advised a high net worth individual on the proposed sale of his interest in the UAE franchise rights for two international F&B chains.

Acquisition of interior design and fit-out company

Advised a global real estate services firm on the proposed acquisition of a UAE interior design and fit-out company.

Acquisition of stake in retail group

Advised a regional family office on the acquisition of an equity stake in a group with various retail interests.

Acquisition of stake in e-commerce retailer of second-hand luxury watches

Advised a regional luxury retail operator on the proposed purchase of a minority stake in a global e-commerce retailer of second-hand luxury watches.

Acquisition of minority shareholders’ interests in a palm oil manufacturing company

Advised a private investor on the buyout of its minority interests of its joint venture partners in a UAE-based palm oil manufacturing company.

Rhone Capital acquisition of wellbore services division of Schlumberger

Advised Rhone Capital on the acquisition, through its subsidiary Wellbore Integrity Solutions, of the UAE wellbore services division of Schlumberger.

Acquisition of stake in hotel in Business Bay, Dubai

Advised a private investor on the purchase of a 50% stake in Taj Dubai Hotel, located in Business Bay, Dubai.

Marka PJSC acquisition of Reem Al Bawadi restaurant chain

Advised Marka PJSC on the acquisition of the Reem Al Bawadi restaurant chain.

Divestiture of global pizza restaurant chain

Advised a private equity group on the proposed sale of a global pizza restaurant chain to a regional restaurant operations group.

EQT Partners acquisition of joint venture partner’s stake in VFS Global

Advised EQT Partners on the buyout, through its subsidiary VFS Global, of the entire stake of its joint venture partner (TasHeel Group) in a global visa processing service provider business.

School acquisition

Advised a UAE-based school operator group on the simultaneous acquisition of a school in Dubai and the freehold title to the real estate that the school operates on.

Acquisition of stake in education provider group 

Advised a government-owned entity on the acquisition of a 21.7% stake in Taaleem from Amanat Holdings PJSC.

Management buyout of education consultancy group

Advised the UK liquidator in relation to the management buy-out of SSAT Middle East, the UAE subsidiary of an international education consultancy group.

Acquisition of interior design and fit-out company

Advised a global real estate services firm on the proposed acquisition of a UAE interior design and fit-out company.

Divestiture of engineering systems manufacturing group

Advised a global multi-conglomerate on the divestiture of its engineering systems manufacturing group to a corporate group that is owned by a member of the Dubai Royal Family.

Acquisition of steel manufacturing group

Advised Nippon Steel on the UAE aspects of the acquisition of Essar Steel India Limited

Acquisition of stake in hotel in Business Bay, Dubai

Advised a private investor on the purchase of a 50% stake in Taj Dubai Hotel, located in Business Bay, Dubai.

Joint venture to establish web-based platform for price comparison and fulfilment of insurance and financial products

Advised a Middle Eastern media representation group on a joint venture to establish and operate a web-based price comparison and fulfilment platform, allowing customers to identify, compare, select and purchase various insurance and financial products based on their needs.

Joint venture for the creation and issuance of cryptocurrencies in the UAE

Advised a private family office on a joint venture for the creation and issuance of two cryptocurrencies in the UAE.

Renegotiation of joint venture for the distribution and maintenance of elevators and escalators in the UAE

Advised a multinational conglomerate on the renegotiation of the terms of a joint venture with its local partner for the distribution and maintenance of elevators and escalators in the UAE.

Joint venture for the provision of logistics services in the UAE

Advised Biskom International DMCC on a joint venture with various parties for the provision of cargo logistics, heavy lifting, haulage and special cargo transportation services.

Joint venture for the provision of offshore supply vessel leasing services

Advised an individual investor on a joint venture for the establishment and operation of a business which provides offshore supply vessel leasing services in Mexico and various other jurisdictions.

Joint venture for the distribution of American food products in the UAE

Advised an American food products exporter on a proposed joint venture with a local UAE distributor for the distribution of various food products in the UAE.

Joint venture to establish and operate Billionaire restaurant, lounge and nightclub in Dubai

Advised a private investor on a joint venture for the establishment and operation of Billionaire restaurant, lounge and nightclub in Dubai.

Joint venture to establish and operate a number of schools in KSA

Advised a high net worth Saudi family on a joint venture with a school operator to establish and operate a number of schools in Saudi Arabia.

Company formation consultancy joint venture

Advised the co-founder of a UAE-based free zone company setup consultancy group on the renegotiation of the terms of the joint venture agreement governing the management and operation of the group.

Joint venture for the development and operation of W Dubai – The Palm Hotel

Advised a family office on a joint venture for the development and operation of W Dubai – The Palm Hotel

Joint venture for the establishment and operation of Billionaire restaurant, lounge and nightclub in Dubai

Advised a private investor on the negotiation of a joint venture for the establishment and operation of Billionaire Dubai, a restaurant, lounge and nightclub concept located in Dubai.

Joint venture for the establishment and operation of a European restaurant and nightclub brand in Dubai Marina

Advised a famous Brazilian football player on a joint venture with a Spanish restaurant and nightclub group for the establishment and operation of a restaurant and nightclub brand in Dubai Marina.

Joint venture for the establishment and operation of a restaurant and nightclub concept in Five Palm Jumeirah Hotel

Advised a real estate investment firm on a proposed joint venture for the establishment and operation of a restaurant, lounge and nightclub in Five Palm Jumeirah Hotel in Dubai.

Joint venture for the establishment and operation of a French fine dining restaurant in Dubai

Advised a member of the Dubai royal family on the proposed joint venture with a famous French fine dining restaurant for the establishment and operation of a restaurant in Dubai.

Joint venture for the acquisition, management and operation of various hospitality and F&B businesses in the UAE

Advised a UAE-based investment group on a joint venture for the acquisition, management and operation of various hospitality and F&B businesses in the UAE.

Joint venture to development of a hotel on Palm Deira, Dubai

Advised a hotel chain on a joint venture with a regional property developer for the establishment of a hotel on Palm Deira, Dubai.

Joint venture to develop office units and retail stores in a free zone

Advised a UAE sovereign-owned real estate investment company on a proposed joint venture with a Dubai free zone authority for the development of office units and retail stores on a plot in extension of the free zone.

Joint venture to develop a mixed use real estate project in the DIFC free zone

Advised a Dubai-based real estate developer on a joint venture with a UAE-based family conglomerate for the development of a mixed use real estate project in the DIFC.

Joint venture to development of a hotel on Palm Deira, Dubai

Advised a hotel chain on a joint venture with a regional property developer for the establishment of a hotel on Palm Deira, Dubai.

Joint venture to develop a mixed use building in Dubai

Advised a free zone authority on a dispute relating to a joint venture for the development of a mixed use building within the free zone.

More: Joint ventures

Pre-acquisition restructure of cyber security and information security services group

Advised Paladion Group, a global cyber security and information security services group, on the pre-acquisition restructure of its Middle Eastern assets prior to closing of the acquisition of the group by Atos, a French multinational IT service and consulting company.

UAE aspects of restructure of global security technology group

Advised Giesecke & Devrient on the UAE aspects of a global corporate restructure.

Corporate restructure of DIFC bank

Advised Ahli United Bank on the corporate restructure of its UAE business, which involved a Scheme 9 transfer under the DIFC regulatory law.

Restructure of UAE aspects of global pharmaceutical group

Advised a pharmaceutical company on the restructuring of its corporate structure to take advantage of the removal of the foreign ownership restrictions. 

Pre-sale carve-out of ultrasound technology business

Advised a European medical technology group on the pre-sale carve-out of its UAE ultrasound technology business from the group.

Corporate structuring for four star hotel to be developed in Dubai

Advised a UAE-based real estate investment group on the corporate structuring for the establishment and operation of a four star hotel to be developed in Jumeirah Village Circle in Dubai.

Corporate structuring of Hard Rock group’s UAE assets and operations

Advised Hard Rock Limited on the structuring of its operations in the UAE, which included a hotel that was to be located in Dubai Marina and an iconic restaurant that is located at Festival City in Dubai.

Structuring of corporate assets and business operations of a real estate investment firm

Advised a real estate investment firm on the structure of its corporate assets and business operations in the UAE.

Restructuring of corporate interests of a regional family office

Advised a regional high net worth family on the restructuring of its various UAE interests and the renegotiation of terms with its local sponsors.

Administration of a UAE-based subsea engineering and general contracting company

Advised the administrators of a UAE-based subsea engineering and general contracting company in relation to the administration of the aforementioned company under UK law and the process for liquidation and deregistration of the company.

Restructure of chemical distribution group

Advised a chemical distribution group on the restructuring of its business to enable the expansion of its operations in the region.

Corporate structuring of hotel in Jumeirah Village Circle in Dubai

Advised a UAE-based real estate investment group on the corporate structuring for the establishment and operation of a four star hotel developed in Jumeirah Village Circle in Dubai.

Corporate structuring of Hard Rock group’s UAE assets and operations

Advised Hard Rock Limited on the structuring of its operations in the UAE, which included a hotel that was to be located in Dubai Marina and an iconic restaurant that is located at Festival City in Dubai.

More: Restructuring and insolvency

Removal of local service agent

Advised a data services healthcare provider on the removal of its local service agent.

Establishment of telecommunications equipment distributor

Advised a telecommunications equipment distributor on the strucutring of its UAE presence.

Restructure of UAE aspects of global pharmaceutical group to take advantage of the removal of the foreign ownership restrictions

Advised a pharmaceutical company on the restructuring of its corporate structure to take advantage of the removal of the foreign ownership restrictions. 

Establishment of representative office of global pharmaceutical group

Advised a global biopharmaceutical group on the establishment of a local representative office in Dubai, including obtaining all required licenses to conduct the intended business activities. 

Removal of local partner

Advised an industrial chemical distributor on the a corporate restructuring of its business in order to take advantage of the removal of the foreign ownership restrictions.

Establishment of presence of Italian luxury goods group in the UAE

Advised an Italian luxury goods group on the establishment of a local presence in the UAE, including the negotiation of the terms of the local partnership arrangement with its local partner.

Establishment of local presence of international accounting firm

Advised an international accounting firm on the establishment of an onshore presence in Dubai, including obtaining all requisite licenses.

More: Foreign direct investment

Rhone Capital acquisition of wellbore services division of Schlumberger

Advised Rhone Capital on the acquisition, through its subsidiary Wellbore Integrity Solutions, of the UAE wellbore services division of Schlumberger.

EQT Partners acquisition of joint venture partner’s stake in VFS Global

Advised EQT Partners on the buyout, through its subsidiary VFS Global, of the entire stake of its joint venture partner (TasHeel Group) in a global visa processing service provider business.

Sale of equity stake in financial advisory and private equity firm

Advised a DIFC-based corporate finance advisory and private equity firm on the sale of a 50% stake in its business.

More: Private equity and venture capital

Agreement for the provision of ICT goods and services

Advised an ICT (information and communication technology) infrastructure and services integration company in relation to its documentation for the sale of certain goods and services.

Agreement for resale of meter reading transmission devices

Advised Technology Partners  in relation to a reseller agreement to be entered into with Xemex N.V. for the resale of meter reading transmission devices by the client

Shareholder dispute re UAE-based IT solutions provider group

Advised a global IT solutions provider in relation to a dispute with its UAE general manager (who is also a minority shareholder of the local UAE free zone company) and the resolution of a deadlock scenario with respect to the operation of the UAE business.

Various commercial disputes of ICT group

Advised an ICT (information and communication technology) infrastructure and services integration company in relation to various disputes with (i) the contractor a outstanding payments owed to it under the subcontract agreement; and (ii) a number of third parties for recovery of referral commission payments.

License agreement for the manufacturing and distribution of biopharmaceutical products

Advised Gulf Pharmaceuticals (Julphar) on a license agreement with Quantum Genomics for the manufacturing and distribution of biopharmaceutical products in the Middle East & Africa region.

Agreement for the supply of fire safety and security equipment

Advised  a global manufacturer and distributor of fire safety and security equipment on a contract for the supply of fire safety and security equipment to the Senegalese Government.

Various supply and procurement contracts for a glass bottle manufacturer

Advised a global publicly-listed glass bottle manufacturer on the preparation of various supply and procurement contracts for use in the UAE.

Outsourcing agreement for global product testing company

Advised a global product testing company on an agreement for the outsourcing of product testing and quality certification services to a company based in the UAE and the secondment of certain employees thereto.

Renegotiation of terms of an agency agreement for the distribution of elevators and escalators

Advised a multinational conglomerate on the proposed renegotiation of the terms of an agency agreement with its local distributor for the distribution of elevators and escalators in the UAE.

Dispute re breach of agreement to supply industrial chemicals

Advised a distributor of industrial chemicals on a dispute with a third party in relation to a breach of an agreement for the supply of mixed xylene product.

Joint venture dispute

Advised a global steelmaking and steel fabrication group in relation to a dispute with its local UAE joint venture partner.

Dispute between Chinese car manufacturer and local distributor

Advised a Chinese car manufacturer in relation to a dispute with its local distributor in relation to the breach of various obligations under the distribution agreement between the parties.

Divestiture of franchise rights for two international F&B chains

Advised a high net worth individual on the proposed sale of his interest in the UAE franchise rights for two international F&B chains.

Field marketing services agreement

Advised a global marketing group on an agreement for the provision of field marketing services to Unilever.

Shareholder dispute relating to a group that owns various restaurant and F&B chains in the UAE

Advised a regional restaurant and F&B group on a shareholder dispute with its UAE joint venture partner.

Dispute between European fashion house and its UAE distributor

Advised a European fashion house on the settlement of a dispute with its local distributor and the negotiation of terms for a new non-exclusive distribution arrangement therewith

Agreement for distribution of various bakery products in the UAE

Advised a member of a UAE royal family on the entry into a distribution agreement with a UAE food distributor for the distribution of various bakery products in the UAE.

Agreement to distribute various Filipino food products in the UAE

Advised an American import and export company on the entry into a distribution agreement with a local UAE distributor for the distribution of various Filipino food products in the UAE.

Franchise dispute

Advised a private equity group on a dispute relating to a fast food pizza franchise which it owns and its local UAE franchisee.

Agreement to distribute coffee products in KSA

Advised a Dutch-based beverage company in relation to an agreement for the distribution of coffee products in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Store license agreement for fashion retail group

Advised Apparel FZCO, a Middle Eastern fashion retailer, on a store license agreement that it entered into with Aeropostale, an American fashion manufacturer and retailer.

License agreement for Billionaire restaurant, lounge and nightclub in Dubai

Advising a private investment group on obtaining the license rights to use the Billionaire restaurant, lounge and nightclub concept for a venue located in Dubai.

License agreement for restaurant and nightclub concept in Dubai Marina

Advised a famous Brazilian football player on obtaining a licensing agreement to be entered into between a restaurant and nightclub business and the owner of a Spanish restaurant and nightclub concept to be located in Dubai Marina.

Agreement for the management of hotel and serviced apartments

Advised Dubai Real Estate Corporation on the agreements for the management of Emirates Golf Club Hotel & Serviced Apartments by Jumeirah Group.

Hotel management agreement for Taj Dubai

Advised the hotel owner in relation to a hotel management agreement to be entered into with Taj group for the management of Taj Dubai.

License agreement for Italian restaurant concept

Advised a private investor on the proposed procurement of licensing rights for the establishment and operation of an Italian restaurant concept in Dubai. 

Hotel management agreement for hotel in Bluewaters Island, Dubai

Advised Meraas on the terms of a hotel management agreement for the establishment and operation of a hotel in Bluewaters Island, Dubai.

License agreement to operate a restaurant and nightclub concept in Five Palm Jumeirah Hotel

Advised a high net worth individual on the proposed procurement of licensing rights for the establishment and operation of a restaurant and nightclub in Five Palm Jumeirah Hotel, Dubai. 

License agreement to operate a French fine dining restaurant concept in Dubai

Advised a member of a UAE royal family on the proposed procurement of licensing rights for the establishment of a restaurant in Dubai under the branding of a French fine dining restaurant concept.

Franchise agreement for fast-food sandwich chain

Advised a high net worth individual on securing the franchise rights to operate an international fast-food sandwich chain in Dubai.

Advised on director’s liability in relation to rights issue for a public listed company

Advised a director of a UAE public listed company on potential liability in relation to the use of proceeds in relation to a rights issue.

Settlement of a franchise dispute

Advised a private equity group on the settlement of a dispute relating to a fast food pizza franchise which it owns and its local UAE franchisee.

More: Commercial, outsourcing and technology

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Acquisition of data centre

Advised a syndicate of banks and financial institutions on the sale to a UAE-based telecommunications services provider of certain secured assets recovered from a defaulting borrower group, whose assets consist of key tangible and non-tangible assets that are required in order to continue to operate a data centre that houses critical data of certain government and semi-government authorities of the UAE.

Acquisition of data centre equipment manufacturer

Advised a US-based data centre equipment manufacturer on the UAE aspects of the acquisition of a group that specialises in the manufacture and supply of electrical switchgear and power distribution solutions with a manufacturing plant located in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE.

Acquisition of telecommunications equipment distributor and service provider

Advised a regional telecommunications equipment distributor on the acquisition of the distribution business unit and the maintenance and service business unit of a regional telecommunications equipment and service provider.

Acquisition of Arabic audiobook platforms

Advised a Swedish-based multinational electronic book publishing company, on the acquisition of two separate Arabic audiobook platforms.

Acquisition of investment stake in luxury watch e-commerce platform

Advised a regional luxury retail operator on the proposed purchase of a minority stake in a global e-commerce retailer of second-hand luxury watches.

Acquisition of Middle Eastern healthcare informatics solutions group

Advised IQVIA (a global provider of healthcare information, services and technology) on the acquisition of Dimensions Healthcare (a Middle Eastern healthcare informatics solutions group).

Acquisition of investment stake in ‘buy now, pay later’ fintech business

Advised Afterpay and AP Ventures on the acquisition of an equity stake in Postpay, a UAE-based “buy now, pay later” fintech business that operates in the Middle East region.

Joint venture to establish web-based platform for price comparison and fulfilment of insurance and financial products

Advised a Middle Eastern media representation group on a joint venture to establish and operate a web-based price comparison and fulfilment platform, allowing customers to identify, compare, select and purchase various insurance and financial products based on their needs.

Joint venture for the creation and issuance of cryptocurrencies in the UAE

Advised a private family office on a joint venture for the creation and issuance of two cryptocurrencies in the UAE.

Pre-acquisition restructure of cyber security and information security services group

Advised Paladion Group, a global cyber security and information security services group, on the pre-acquisition restructure of its Middle Eastern assets prior to closing of the acquisition of the group by Atos, a French multinational IT service and consulting company.

UAE aspects of restructure of global security technology group

Advised Giesecke & Devrient on the UAE aspects of a global corporate restructure.

Agreement for the provision of ICT goods and services

Advised an ICT (information and communication technology) infrastructure and services integration company in relation to its documentation for the sale of certain goods and services.

Agreement for resale of meter reading transmission devices

Advised Technology Partners  in relation to a reseller agreement to be entered into with Xemex N.V. for the resale of meter reading transmission devices by the client

Shareholder dispute re UAE-based IT solutions provider group

Advised a global IT solutions provider in relation to a dispute with its UAE general manager (who is also a minority shareholder of the local UAE free zone company) and the resolution of a deadlock scenario with respect to the operation of the UAE business.

Various commercial disputes of ICT group

Advised an ICT (information and communication technology) infrastructure and services integration company in relation to various disputes with (i) a contractor for outstanding payments owed to it under the subcontract agreement; and (ii) a number of third parties for recovery of referral commission payments.

More: Technology

Acquisition of investment stake in ‘buy now, pay later’ fintech business

Advised Afterpay and AP Ventures on the acquisition of an equity stake in Postpay, a UAE-based “buy now, pay later” fintech business that operates in the Middle East region.

Acquisition of payment service provider (PSP) business

Advised a French-headquartered global prepaid corporate services company on the acquisition of a portfolio of approximately 16,500 clients from a regional payment service provider group.

Joint venture for the creation and issuance of cryptocurrencies in the UAE

Advised a private family office on a joint venture for the creation and issuance of two cryptocurrencies in the UAE.

Corporate restructure of DIFC bank

Advised Ahli United Bank on the corporate restructure of its UAE business, which involved a Scheme 9 transfer under the DIFC regulatory law.

Dar Al Takaful acquisition of Noor Takaful

Advised Dar Al Takaful PJSC on the acquisition of Noor Takaful General PJSC and Noor Takaful Family PJSC.

Gulf Insurance Group acquisition of the Middle East insurance business of Axa

Advised Gulf Insurance Group on the UAE aspects of the acquisition of the Middle East insurance business of Axa.

Joint venture to establish web-based platform for price comparison and fulfilment of insurance and financial products

Advised a Middle Eastern media representation group on a joint venture to establish and operate a web-based price comparison and fulfilment platform, allowing customers to identify, compare, select and purchase various insurance and financial products based on their needs. 

More: Insurance

Acquisition of equity stake in French biopharmaceutical company

Advising Gulf Pharmaceuticals (Julphar) on the acquisition of an equity stake in Quantum Genomics, a French-based company that is listed on the Euronext Growth stock exchange. 

Restructure of UAE aspects of global pharmaceutical group

Advised a pharmaceutical company on the restructuring of its corporate structure to take advantage of the removal of the foreign ownership restrictions.

Pre-sale carve-out of ultrasound technology business

Advised a European medical technology group on the pre-sale carve-out of its UAE ultrasound technology business from the group.

Establishment of representative office of global pharmaceutical group

Advised a global biopharmaceutical group on the establishment of a local representative office in Dubai, including obtaining all required licenses to conduct the intended business activities. 

License agreement for the manufacturing and distribution of biopharmaceutical products

Advised Gulf Pharmaceuticals (Julphar) on a license agreement with Quantum Genomics for the manufacturing and distribution of biopharmaceutical products in the Middle East & Africa region.

More: Life sciences

Divestiture of glass bottle manufacturing plant

Advised Frigoglass SAIC on the divestiture of its UAE manufacturing operations to ATG Investments Limited.

Acquisition of quality control inspection and testing group

Advised a Hong Kong-based multinational quality control group on the proposed acquisition of a UAE-based inspection and testing group with operations across the Middle East, Africa and the Far East.

Sale of a majority stake in a Middle Eastern car parts distribution company

Advised the founders of a Middle Eastern car parts distribution company on the proposed sale of a majority equity stake in the company to one of its suppliers.

Acquisition of minority shareholder’s stake in glass bottle manufacturing facility

Advised Frigoglass SAIC on the acquisition of the minority stake of its joint venture partner in a UAE free zone company which manufactures and supplies glass bottles to the Middle Eastern market.

Acquisition of stake in chemical distribution group

Advised Brenntag (a European chemical distribution company) on the purchase of a controlling stake in Trychem (a chemical distribution group based in the UAE).

Renegotiation of joint venture for the distribution and maintenance of elevators and escalators in the UAE

Advised a multinational conglomerate on the renegotiation of the terms of a joint venture with its local partner for the distribution and maintenance of elevators and escalators in the UAE.

Joint venture for the provision of cargo logistics services in the UAE

Advised Biskom International DMCC on a joint venture with various parties for the provision of cargo logistics, heavy lifting, haulage and special cargo transportation services.

Joint venture for the provision of offshore supply vessel leasing services

Advised an individual investor on a joint venture for the establishment and operation of a business which provides offshore supply vessel leasing services in Mexico and various other jurisdictions.

Administration of a UAE-based subsea engineering and general contracting company

Advised the administrators of a UAE-based subsea engineering and general contracting company in relation to the administration of the aforementioned company under UK law and the process for liquidation and deregistration of the company.

Restructure of chemical distribution group

Advised a chemical distribution group on the restructuring of its business to enable the expansion of its operations in the region.

Agreement for the supply of fire safety and security equipment

Advised  a global manufacturer and distributor of fire safety and security equipment on a contract for the supply of fire safety and security equipment to the Senegalese Government.

Various supply and procurement contracts for a glass bottle manufacturer

Advised a global publicly-listed glass bottle manufacturer on the preparation of various supply and procurement contracts for use in the UAE.

Outsourcing agreement for global product testing company

Advised a global product testing company on an agreement for the outsourcing of product testing and quality certification services to a company based in the UAE and the secondment of certain employees thereto.

Renegotiation of terms of an agency agreement for the distribution of elevators and escalators

Advised a multinational conglomerate on the proposed renegotiation of the terms of an agency agreement with its local distributor for the distribution of elevators and escalators in the UAE.

Dispute re breach of agreement to supply industrial chemicals

Advised a distributor of industrial chemicals on a dispute with a third party in relation to a breach of an agreement for the supply of mixed xylene product.

Joint venture dispute

Advised a global steelmaking and steel fabrication group in relation to a dispute with its local UAE joint venture partner. 

Dispute between Chinese car manufacturer and local distributor

Advised a Chinese car manufacturer in relation to a dispute with its local distributor in relation to the breach of various obligations under the distribution agreement between the parties.

Acquisition of stake in Swiss luxury watch manufacturer

Advising a regional luxury retail operator on the proposed acquisition of an equity stake in a Swiss-based luxury watch manufacturer.

Acquisition of stake in oyster farming business in the UAE

Advised a UAE-based high net worth family group on the acquisition of an investment stake in an oyster farming business in the UAE.

Buyout of stake of joint venture partner in group that owns various restaurant and café chains in the UAE

Advised an Oman-based investment group on the acquisition of its joint venture partner’s stake in a UAE-based group that owns a number of restaurant and café chains.

Disposal of international F&B chains

Advised a high net worth individual on the proposed sale of his interest in the UAE franchise rights for two international F&B chains.

Acquisition of interior design and fit-out company

Advised a global real estate services firm on the proposed acquisition of a UAE interior design and fit-out company.

Acquisition of stake in retail group

Advised a regional family office on the acquisition of an equity stake in a group with various retail interests.

Acquisition of stake in e-commerce retailer of second-hand luxury watches

Advised a regional luxury retail operator on the proposed purchase of a minority stake in a global e-commerce retailer of second-hand luxury watches.

Acquisition of minority shareholders’ interests in a palm oil manufacturing company

Advised a high net worth individual on the buyout of its minority interests of its joint venture partners in a UAE-based palm oil manufacturing company.

Joint venture for the distribution of American food products in the UAE

Advised an American food products exporter on a proposed joint venture with a local UAE distributor for the distribution of various food products in the UAE.

Establishment of presence of Italian luxury goods group in the UAE

Advised an Italian luxury goods group on the establishment of a local presence in the UAE, including the negotiation of the terms of the local partnership arrangement with its local partner.

Divestiture of franchise rights for two international F&B chains

Advised a high net worth individual on the proposed sale of his interest in the UAE franchise rights for two international F&B chains.

Field marketing services agreement

Advised a global marketing group on an agreement for the provision of field marketing services to Unilever.

Shareholder dispute relating to a group that owns various restaurant and F&B chains in the UAE

Advised a regional restaurant and F&B group on a shareholder dispute with its UAE joint venture partner.

Dispute between European fashion house and its UAE distributor

Advised a European fashion house on the settlement of a dispute with its local distributor and the negotiation of terms for a new non-exclusive distribution arrangement therewith

Agreement for distribution of various bakery products in the UAE

Advised a member of a UAE royal family on the entry into a distribution agreement with a UAE food distributor for the distribution of various bakery products in the UAE.

Agreement to distribute various Filipino food products in the UAE

Advised an American import and export company on the entry into a distribution agreement with a local UAE distributor for the distribution of various Filipino food products in the UAE.

Franchise dispute

Advised a private equity group on a dispute relating to a fast food pizza franchise which it owns and its local UAE franchisee.

Agreement to distribute coffee products in KSA

Advised a Dutch-based beverage company in relation to an agreement for the distribution of coffee products in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Store license agreement for fashion retail group

Advised Apparel FZCO, a Middle Eastern fashion retailer, on a store license agreement that it entered into with Aeropostale, an American fashion manufacturer and retailer.

More: Consumer

Marka PJSC acquisition of Reem Al Bawadi restaurant chain

Advised Marka PJSC on the acquisition of the Reem Al Bawadi restaurant chain.

Joint venture for the development and operation of W Dubai – The Palm Hotel

Advised a family office on a joint venture for the development and operation of W Dubai – The Palm Hotel.

Joint venture for the establishment and operation of Billionaire restaurant, lounge and nightclub in Dubai

Advised a private investor on the negotiation of a joint venture for the establishment and operation of Billionaire Dubai, a restaurant, lounge and nightclub concept located in Dubai.

Joint venture for the establishment and operation of a European restaurant and nightclub brand in Dubai Marina

Advised a famous Brazilian football player on a joint venture with a Spanish restaurant and nightclub group for the establishment and operation of a restaurant and nightclub brand in Dubai Marina.

Joint venture for the establishment and operation of a restaurant and nightclub concept in Five Palm Jumeirah Hotel

Advised a real estate investment firm on a proposed joint venture for the establishment and operation of a restaurant, lounge and nightclub in Five Palm Jumeirah Hotel in Dubai.

Joint venture for the establishment and operation of a French fine dining restaurant in Dubai

Advised a member of the Dubai royal family on the proposed joint venture with a famous French fine dining restaurant for the establishment and operation of a restaurant in Dubai.

Joint venture for the acquisition, management and operation of various hospitality and F&B businesses in the UAE

Advised a UAE-based investment group on a joint venture for the acquisition, management and operation of various hospitality and F&B businesses in the UAE.

Joint venture to development of a hotel on Palm Deira, Dubai

Advised a hotel chain on a joint venture with a regional property developer for the establishment of a hotel on Palm Deira, Dubai.

Corporate structuring of hotel in Jumeirah Village Circle in Dubai

Advised a UAE-based real estate investment group on the corporate structuring for the establishment and operation of a four star hotel developed in Jumeirah Village Circle in Dubai.

Corporate structuring of Hard Rock group’s UAE assets and operations

Advised Hard Rock Limited on the structuring of its operations in the UAE, which included a hotel that was to be located in Dubai Marina and an iconic restaurant that is located at Festival City in Dubai.

License agreement for Billionaire restaurant, lounge and nightclub in Dubai 

Advising a private investment group on obtaining the license rights to use the Billionaire restaurant, lounge and nightclub concept for a venue located in Dubai.

License agreement for restaurant and nightclub concept in Dubai Marina

Advised a famous Brazilian football player on obtaining a licensing agreement to be entered into between a restaurant and nightclub business and the owner of a Spanish restaurant and nightclub concept to be located in Dubai Marina.

Agreement for the management of hotel and serviced apartments

Advised Dubai Real Estate Corporation on the agreements for the management of Emirates Golf Club Hotel & Serviced Apartments by Jumeirah Group.

Hotel management agreement for Taj Dubai

Advised the hotel owner in relation to a hotel management agreement to be entered into with Taj group for the management of Taj Dubai.

License agreement for Italian restaurant concept

Advised a private investor on the proposed procurement of licensing rights for the establishment and operation of an Italian restaurant concept in Dubai.

Hotel management agreement for hotel in Bluewaters Island, Dubai

Advised Meraas on the terms of a hotel management agreement for the establishment and operation of a hotel in Bluewaters Island, Dubai.

License agreement to operate a restaurant and nightclub concept in Five Palm Jumeirah Hotel

Advised a high net worth individual on the proposed procurement of licensing rights for the establishment and operation of a restaurant and nightclub in Five Palm Jumeirah Hotel, Dubai.

License agreement to operate a French fine dining restaurant concept in Dubai

Advised a member of a UAE royal family on the proposed procurement of licensing rights for the establishment of a restaurant in Dubai under the branding of a French fine dining restaurant concept.

Franchise agreement for fast-food sandwich chain

Advised a high net worth individual on securing the franchise rights to operate an international fast-food sandwich chain in Dubai.

Advised on director’s liability in relation to rights issue for a public listed company

Advised a director of a UAE public listed company on potential liability in relation to the use of proceeds in relation to a rights issue.

Settlement of a franchise dispute

Advised a private equity group on the settlement of a dispute relating to a fast food pizza franchise which it owns and its local UAE franchisee.

School acquisition

Advised a UAE-based school operator group on the simultaneous acquisition of a school in Dubai and the freehold title to the real estate that the school operates on.

Acquisition of stake in education provider group

Advised a government-owned entity on the acquisition of a 21.7% stake in Taaleem from Amanat Holdings PJSC.

Management buyout of education consultancy group

Advised the UK liquidator in relation to the management buy-out of SSAT Middle East, the UAE subsidiary of an international education consultancy group.

EQT Partners acquisition of joint venture partner’s stake in VFS Global

Advised EQT Partners on the buyout, through its subsidiary VFS Global, of the entire stake of its joint venture partner (TasHeel Group) in a global visa processing service provider business.

Joint venture to establish and operate a number of schools in KSA

Advised a high net worth Saudi family on a joint venture with a school operator to establish and operate a number of schools in Saudi Arabia.

Company formation consultancy joint venture

Advised the co-founder of a UAE-based free zone company setup consultancy group on the renegotiation of the terms of the joint venture agreement governing the management and operation of the group.

Establishment of local presence of international accounting firm

Advised an international accounting firm on the establishment of an onshore presence in Dubai, including obtaining all requisite licenses.

More: Professional services

School site acquisition

Advised a UAE-based school operator group on the simultaneous acquisition of a school in Dubai and the freehold title to the real estate that the school operates on.

Acquisition of interior design and fit-out company

Advised a global real estate services firm on the proposed acquisition of a UAE interior design and fit-out company.

Joint venture for the development and operation of W Dubai – The Palm Hotel

Advised a family office on a joint venture for the development and operation of W Dubai – The Palm Hotel

Joint venture to develop office units and retail stores in a free zone

Advised a UAE sovereign-owned real estate investment company on a proposed joint venture with a Dubai free zone authority for the development of office units and retail stores on a plot in extension of the free zone.

Joint venture for the establishment and operation of a restaurant and nightclub concept in Five Palm Jumeirah Hotel

Advised a real estate investment firm on a proposed joint venture for the establishment and operation of a restaurant, lounge and nightclub in Five Palm Jumeirah Hotel in Dubai.

Joint venture to develop a mixed use real estate project in the DIFC free zone

Advised a Dubai-based real estate developer on a joint venture with a UAE-based family conglomerate for the development of a mixed use real estate project in the DIFC.

Corporate structuring for four star hotel to be developed in Dubai

Advised a UAE-based real estate investment group on the corporate structuring for the establishment and operation of a four star hotel to be developed in Jumeirah Village Circle in Dubai.

Acquisition of stake in hotel in Business Bay, Dubai

Advised a private investor on the purchase of a 50% stake in Taj Dubai Hotel, located in Business Bay, Dubai.

Joint venture to development of a hotel on Palm Deira, Dubai

Advised a hotel chain on a joint venture with a regional property developer for the establishment of a hotel on Palm Deira, Dubai.

Joint venture to develop a mixed use building in Dubai

Advised a free zone authority on a dispute relating to a joint venture for the development of a mixed use building within the free zone.

Structuring of corporate assets and business operations of a real estate investment firm

Advised a real estate investment firm on the structure of its corporate assets and business operations in the UAE.

Dispute re joint venture to develop a mixed use building

Advised a free zone authority on a dispute relating to a joint venture for the development of a mixed use building within the free zone.

More: Real estate investors and developers

Rhone Capital acquisition of wellbore services division of Schlumberger

Advised Rhone Capital on the acquisition, through its subsidiary Wellbore Integrity Solutions, of the UAE wellbore services division of Schlumberger.

EQT Partners acquisition of joint venture partner’s stake in VFS Global

Advised EQT Partners on the buyout, through its subsidiary VFS Global, of the entire stake of its joint venture partner (TasHeel Group) in a global visa processing service provider business.

Sale of equity stake in financial advisory and private equity firm

Advised a DIFC-based corporate finance advisory and private equity firm on the sale of a 50% stake in its business.

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