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Melissa Forbes-Miranda Partner

Melissa is a corporate and commercial partner based in Dubai. She has extensive experience in advising on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, foreign direct investment, restructuring and insolvency, shareholder disputes, private equity and venture capital, as well as general corporate and commercial advisory matters throughout the Middle East.
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Having been based in the UAE for over 15 years, Melissa has established herself as a trusted advisor and key point of contact for numerous multinational and regional clients seeking legal counsel throughout the Middle East region. She specialises in supporting clients through local and cross-border transactions, as well as advising on a wide spectrum of corporate and commercial legal issues.

She has a reputation for providing legal advice that is commercially relevant, on-point, adds value and is strategic to the needs of her clients. Her standing as a leading corporate lawyer in the region is evident from the various awards and accolades that she has received, including:

  1. Being ranked as a "Next Generation Partner" for Commercial, Corporate and M&A within the Legal 500 EMEA 2024 Guide;
  2. Being listed as one of the 50 outstanding lawyers operating in the MENA region within Thomson Reuters' ALB "MENA Super 50" 2023 list; and
  3. Receiving an "Honourable Mention" for Corporate Lawyer of the Year at LexisNexis' Women in Law Awards 2024.
Her practice extends to 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, cybersecurity, defence technology, healthcare technology, technology product manufacturing and distribution, software licensing and development, fintech, e-commerce, online advertising and media, internet of things (IOT), blockchain / cryptocurrency and cleantech.

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
  • Commercial, outsourcing and technology
  • Private equity and venture capital

Acquisition of data centre

Advised a syndicate of banks and financial institutions on the sale of secured assets recovered from a defaulting borrower group to a UAE-based telecommunications services provider. These assets comprise of key tangible and non-tangible assets required for the operation of a data centre housing critical data for various government and semi-government entities within the UAE.

Acquisition of data centre equipment manufacturer

Advised a US-based data centre equipment manufacturer regarding the UAE-related aspects of their acquisition of a group specialised 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 distributor of telecommunications equipment on its acquisition of two business units from a regional telecommunications equipment and service provider. The acquired units include the distribution business and the maintenance and service business.

Acquisition of Arabic audiobook platforms

Advised a Swedish-based multinational electronic book publishing company on its 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 healthcare informatics solutions group

Advised IQVIA, a global provider of healthcare information, services and technology on its 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.

Acquisition of payment service provider (PSP) business

Advised a French-headquartered global prepaid corporate services company on its 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 its 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 related aspects of the acquisition of the Middle East insurance business of AXA.

Acquisition of equity stake in French biopharmaceutical company

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

Divestiture of hotel in Dubai

Advised a sovereign wealth group on the proposed divestiture of a hotel located in Dubai.

Divestiture of majority stake in a Spanish restaurant and bar in Dubai International Financial Centre

Advised a regional investment group regarding the majority stake sale of a Spanish restaurant and bar situated within Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) to a regional restaurant operations group.

Acquisition of minority shareholder's stake in UAE-based energy power grid company

Advised a global power grid automation, integration and products provider on the acquisition of the minority stake of its local partner in its UAE business operations. 

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 regarding their proposed sale of a majority equity stake in the company to one of their 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 companyengaged in the productions and distribution of 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 UAE-based chemical distribution group, Trychema.

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 located 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 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 production 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.

Marka PJSC acquisition of Reem Al Bawadi restaurant chain

Advised Marka PJSC on its 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.

Acquisition of Jebel Ali School by Taleem PJSC

Advised Taleem PJSC, a UAE-based school operator group, on the simultaneous acquisition of Jebel Ali School, along with 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 PJSC 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.

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 related aspects of its acquisition of Essar Steel India Limited.

Joint venture for Middle Eastern media group's price comparison website

Advised media representation group based in the Middle East on a joint venture to establish and operate a web-based platform for price comparison and fulfillment. This platform enables customers to identify, compare, choose and acquire various insurance and financial products tailored to their specific requirements.

Joint venture for the manufacture and sale of 3D plastic parts components

Advised a local technology company on the establishment of a joint venture for the production and sale of the following 3D-printed plastic parts components: (i) plastic components for the interior of aeroplanes; and (ii) control valves to be used in the oil & gas sector.

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.Restaurant group's minority stake sale in Dubai beach bar
Advised a restaurant operations group on the sale of a minority equity stake in a beach bar set to be established, owned and managed within the J1 Beach development in Dubai, UAE.

Multinational conglomerate's UAE elevator joint venture renegotiation

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 importation and trading of industrial sand and stones

Advised a UAE-based manufacturing group on a joint venture for the importation and trading of industrial sand and stones in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Joint venture for the investment in hydrogen projects

Advised a European investor on a joint venture for the investment in various hydrogen projects.

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 ownership and operation of an LNG vessel

Advised a UAE-based shipping group on a joint venture with two vessel operators for the ownership and operation of an LNG vessel.

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 supplier for the distribution of various food products in the UAE.

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

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 several 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 the Kingdom of 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 a European restaurant and nightclub brand in Dubai

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 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 

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 develop a mixed-use building in Dubai

Advised a free zone authority in a dispute relating to a joint venture.

Joint venture for the development of a commercial and residential project in Costa Rica

Advised a UAE sovereign-backed investment group on a proposed joint venture for the development of a large-scale mixed use commercial and residential project in Costa Rica.

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 company, on the pre-acquisition restructure of its Middle Eastern assets prior to the closing of the acquisition of the group by Atos, a French multinational IT service and consulting company.

Restructure of global security technology group

Advised Giesecke & Devrient on the UAE related 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 global pharmaceutical group

Advised a pharmaceutical company on the restructuring of its UAE 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 business on the pre-sale carve-out of its UAE ultrasound technology business from the group.

Restructure of UAE aspects of global healthcare and life sciences technology solutions group

Advised a global healthcare technology solutions group on the restructure of its UAE-based corporate assets.

Corporate structuring of African bank's UAE presence

Advised an African bank on the corporate structure and licensing requirements of its UAE subsidiaries.

Capital restructure of ADGM-based digital bank

Advised an ADGM-based digital bank on a capital restructure.

Corporate restructure of global software provider

Advised on the UAE aspects of the corporate restructure of a global software application provider.

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 in Festival City.

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 company under UK law and the process for liquidation and deregistration of the business.

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

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 structuring of its UAE presence.

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.

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 corporate restructuring of its business to take advantage of the removal of the foreign ownership restrictions.

Corporate structuring of online event management and ticketing app

Advised a European online event management and ticketing app on the corporate structuring and licensing requirements of its presence and operations in the UAE.

Corporate structuring of on-demand shared transport technology provider

Advised a global on-demand shared transport technology provider on the corporate structuring and licensing requirements of its presence and operations in the UAE.

Corporate structuring of Dutch renewable energy solutions provider

Advised a Dutch renewable energy solutions provider on the corporate structuring and licensing requirements of its presence and operations 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.

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

Agreement for the provision of ICT goods and services

Advised an ICT 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.

Aircapture and c02 elimination collaboration agreement

Advised on a collaboration agreement for the capture and elimination of c02 from the atmosphere.

Termination of manufacturing agreement and distribution agreement

Advised an American multinational manufacturer and marketer of food products on: (i) the termination of the distribution agreement with its UAE distributor; and (ii) the termination of the manufacturing agreement of its KSA manufacturer of certain food products.

Establishment and licensing of digital freight forwarding service

Advised a multinational manufacturing conglomerate on the establishment and licensing of its digital freight forwarding service operations in the UAE.

Distribution agreement for frozen foods products

Advised a UAE-headquartered retailer and distributor on its global distribution arrangements for its frozen food products.

Hotel management agreement for ultra-luxury Maldive resort

Advised a Maldives-based investment group on a hotel management agreement to be entered into with an ultra-luxury hotel chain for the operation and management of a resort to be developed in the Maldives.

Acquisition of IP rights to Italian F&B concept

Advised a UAE-based hospitality investment group on the proposed acquisition of the IP rights of an Italian F&B concept with a presence across Cannes, Miami and the UAE.

Various commercial disputes of ICT group

Advised an ICT infrastructure and services integration company in relation to various disputes with (i) the contractor for 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.

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 in a dispute with a third party in relation to a breach of 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 supplier for the distribution of various bakery products in the UAE.

Distribution agreement for 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 supply of various Filipino food products in the UAE.

Franchise dispute

Advised a private equity group in a dispute relating to a fast-food pizza franchise.

Distribution agreement for 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.

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

Advised 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 in obtaining a licensing agreement 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 for French fine dining restaurant 

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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

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Acquisition of data centre

Advised a syndicate of banks and financial institutions on the sale of secured assets recovered from a defaulting borrower group to a UAE-based telecommunications services provider. These assets comprise of key tangible and non-tangible assets required for the operation of a data centre housing critical data for various government and semi-government entities within the UAE.

Acquisition of healthcare informatics solutions group

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

Restructure of UAE aspects of global healthcare and life sciences technology solutions group

Advised a global healthcare technology solutions group on the restructure of its UAE-based corporate assets.

Afterpay and AP Ventures

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 data centre equipment manufacturer

Advised a US-based data centre equipment manufacturer regarding the UAE-related aspects of their acquisition of a group specialised 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 distributor of telecommunications equipment on its acquisition of two business units from a regional telecommunications equipment and service provider. The acquired units include the distribution business and the maintenance and service business.

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.

Corporate restructure of global software provider

Advised on the UAE aspects of the corporate restructure of a global software application provider.

Joint venture for Middle Eastern media group's price comparison website

Advised media representation group based in the Middle East on a joint venture to establish and operate a web-based platform for price comparison and fulfillment. This platform enables customers to identify, compare, choose and acquire various insurance and financial products tailored to their specific requirements.

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 related aspects of a global corporate restructure.

Agreement for the provision of ICT goods and services

Advised an ICT 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.

Corporate structuring of online event management and ticketing app

Advised a European online event management and ticketing app business on the corporate structuring and licensing requirements of its presence and operations in the UAE.

Corporate structuring of on-demand shared transport technology provider

Advised a global on-demand shared transport technology provider on the corporate structuring and licensing requirements of its presence and operations in the UAE.

Shareholder dispute

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 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

Corporate structuring of African bank's UAE presence

Advised an African bank on the corporate structure and licensing requirements of its UAE subsidiaries.

Capital restructure of ADGM-based digital bank

Advised an ADGM-based digital bank on a capital restructure.

Corporate restructure of the UAE business of a Bahrain bank

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

More: Banks and banking

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 related aspects of the acquisition of the Middle East insurance business of AXA.

Joint venture for Middle Eastern media group's price comparison website

Advised media representation group based in the Middle East on a joint venture to establish and operate a web-based platform for price comparison and fulfillment. This platform enables customers to identify, compare, choose and acquire various insurance and financial products tailored to their specific requirements.

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.

Restructure of UAE aspects of global healthcare and life sciences technology solutions group

Advised a global healthcare technology solutions group on the restructure of its UAE-based corporate assets.

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

Joint venture for the importation and trading of industrial sand and stones

Advised a UAE-based manufacturing group on a joint venture for the importation and trading of industrial sand and stones in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Divestiture of glass bottle manufacturing plant

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

Establishment and licensing of digital freight forwarding service

Advised a multinational manufacturing conglomerate on the establishment and licensing of its digital freight forwarding service operations in the UAE.

Distribution agreement for frozen foods products

Advised a UAE-headquartered retailer and distributor on its global distribution arrangements for its frozen food products.

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 ownership and operation of an LNG vessel

Advised a UAE-based shipping group on a joint venture with two vessel operators for the ownership and operation of an LNG vessel.

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.

More: International trade

Aircapture and c02 elimination collaboration agreement

Advised on a collaboration agreement for the capture and elimination of c02 from the atmosphere.

Joint venture for the investment in hydrogen projects

Advised a European investor on a joint venture for the investment in various hydrogen projects.

Acquisition of minority shareholder's stake in UAE-based energy power grid company

Advised a global power grid automation, integration and products provider on the acquisition of the minority stake of its local partner in its UAE business operations.

Corporate structuring of Dutch renewable energy solutions provider

Advised a Dutch renewable energy solutions provider on the corporate structuring and licensing requirements of its presence and operations in the UAE.

Corporate structuring of on-demand shared transport technology provider

Advised a global on-demand shared transport technology provider on the corporate structuring and licensing requirements of its presence and operations 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 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

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

Termination of manufacturing and distribution agreements

Advised an American multinational manufacturer and marketer of food products on: (i) the termination of the distribution agreement with its UAE distributor; and (ii) the termination of the manufacturing agreement of its KSA manufacturer for certain products.

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 

Advised a regional restaurant and F&B group in 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.

Distribution agreement for 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 supply of various Filipino food products in the UAE.

Franchise dispute

Advised a private equity group in a dispute relating to a fast-food pizza franchise.

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.

License agreement for fashion retail group

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

More: Consumer

Divestiture of hotel located in Business Bay, Dubai

Advised a sovereign wealth group on the proposed divestiture of a hotel located in Business Bay, Dubai.

Restaurant group's minority stake sale in Dubai beach bar

Advised a restaurant operations group on the sale of a minority equity stake in a beach bar set to be established, owned and managed within the J1 Beach development in Dubai, UAE.

Divestiture of majority stake in a Spanish restaurant and bar in Dubai International Financial Centre

Advised a regional investment group regarding the majority stake sale of a Spanish restaurant and bar situated within Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) to a regional restaurant operations group.

Hotel management agreement for ultra-luxury resort in the Maldives

Advised a Maldives-based investment group on a hotel management agreement to be entered into with an ultra-luxury hotel chain for the operation and management of a resort to be developed in the Maldives.

Acquisition of IP rights to Italian F&B concept

Advised a UAE-based hospitality investment group on the proposed acquisition of the IP rights of an Italian F&B concept with a presence across Cannes, Miami and the UAE.

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

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

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 in Dubai Marina and an iconic restaurant that is located at Festival City.

Corporate structuring of online event management and ticketing app

Advised a European online event management and ticketing app business on the corporate structuring and licensing requirements of its presence and operations in the UAE.

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 

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

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.

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.

Franchise dispute

Advised a private equity group in a dispute relating to a fast-food pizza franchise.

Divestiture of hotel located in Business Bay, Dubai. UAE

Advised a sovereign wealth group on the proposed divestiture of a hotel located in Business Bay, Dubai.

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 several schools in the Kingdom of 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.

Joint venture for the development of a commercial and residential project in Costa Rica

Advised a UAE sovereign-backed investment group on a proposed joint venture for the development of a large-scale mixed use commercial and residential project in Costa Rica.

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 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.

Dispute regarding a 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.

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