BUSINESS AND INVESTMENT FUND SET-UP
Getting you up and running
We advise on how to best set up and structure your business or investment initiative by helping navigate the pros and cons of jurisdictional options, particularly if you are setting up in the UAE. We help establish corporate entities, SPVs and investment funds in furtherance of operational/managerial ease, cost savings and investor protection. Whether it’s to help negotiate a commercial lease, link up with a local sponsor, employ staff or ensure you are generally adopting good business habits from the outset, we will be there to guide you.
CORPORATE FINANCE TRANSACTIONS
Need to borrow or lend funds? Or raise capital? Look to us to advise and negotiate your financing transactions
We act for borrowers and lenders negotiating credit facilities, syndicated borrowings and other kinds of leveraged finance transactions. We have acted for banks, special situation lenders and other financiers. Our venture capital and private equity practice includes advising on early and growth stage equity rounds in industries including technology, media, health & fitness and fintech.
M&A, JOINT VENTURES AND STRATEGIC ALLIANCES
Buying or selling? Joining forces with other businesses? We advise on strategic acquisitions and divestitures, and bring about collaborations that are far greater than the sum of their parts
We advise stakeholders on exits through sales to strategic and financial buyers, and have acted on significant buy and sell-side mandates in the technology, finance, media, telecommunications, and food and beverage industries. We help negotiate commercial alliances that combine the supply of materials, operational know-how and technology to bring innovative products and services to market.
Helping businesses turnaround
We advise mainly borrowers on negotiating outcomes with creditors that best preserves value and avoids the vagaries of disputes and insolvency, all with the aim of enhancing overall recovery rates for lenders while allowing businesses to reform and return to profitability.
DATA AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
We can speak your language when it comes to data and AI, and can help you collaborate on AI projects, develop or procure AI solutions, and invest in AI companies
We know artificial intelligence not because we want to be on the bandwagon, but because we have taken courses on data science, programming in Python, machine learning, neural networks and data visualization, and know a thing or two about Hadoop distributed file systems, Apache Spark, Tensorflow and MapReduce. We advise on collaboration agreements, AI corporate policies and myriad legal issues relevant to deploying AI, be it compliance with data laws, ethical considerations, intellectual property aspects and product liability.
TELECOMS, TECHNOLOGY AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS
We negotiate agreements that help you monetize your technology and IP, and which help ensure you get what you pay for when you procure tech solutions for your business
We act for licensors and licensees of software, technical know-how, trademarks, service marks and copyrights, and advise how these assets can best be protected by contract and corporate best practices. We have deep knowledge of the telecoms industry and its convergence with data and content, and help e-commerce, content and mobility come alive.
Processes and practices to align stakeholders, board members and management
We help investors and companies develop and deploy practices that facilitate stakeholder coordination and alignment, all in line with the latest techniques in leading jurisdictions. We advise on director duties and corporate policies that promote transparency, communication and accountability, and mitigate conflicts of interest.
OFFSITE GENERAL COUNSEL AND CORPORATE SERVICES
We can advise on your day-to-day legal matters by serving as your offsite general counsel
We provide offsite general counsel to companies, start-ups, investor groups and business sponsors without legal counsel who need regular, on-going legal support but do not wish to hire a full-time in-house lawyer, as well as to those with in-house counsel who want to avoid adding more full-time resources. We can work alongside your own legal team, provide an in-house legal function as seconded counsel or support your business remotely. We are also licensed by Abu Dhabi Global Market to serve as a corporate services provider.
LEGAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
Helping ensure discipline and capturing maximum value from your external lawyers
We have been lawyers long enough to understand how external legal advisers operate, and how you can get the best out of them.
Winning more, conceding less, and moving beyond zero sum
We have negotiated intricate financing deals and acquisitions, complex multi-party contracts and mission critical projects. We have even helped settle disputes. We position, message and bring persuasion to bear on legal issues.