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With a team of more than 100 lawyers and supporting professionals in three offices across the country, Galadari is a full service business law firm. One of the firm’s key strengths is the combined ability and experience of locally qualified Emirati lawyers as well as internationally qualified and experienced lawyers in many different practice areas. Galadari has access to and rights of audience before all UAE Courts, all UAE Judicial authorities and the UAE Legislative Bodies.

Key Contacts

Ziad Galadari
Founder and Chairman Tel: +971 4 377 8100
Ahmed Galadari
Managing Partner and Head of Litigation Tel: +971 4 377 8100
Abdulla Galadari
Partner Tel: +971 55 9111999
Fadi Hassoun
Abu Dhabi Partner Tel: +971 55 4147025
Ken Dixon
Partner Tel: +971 52 9280090
Matthew Donovan
Partner Tel: +971 55 4147009
Mojahed Al Sebae
Partner Tel: +971 50 6545844

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Matthew Donovan Partner

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Tel: +971 55 4147009
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Practices

Corporate & Commercial

Experience

Matthew Donovan is a Corporate Partner at Galadari Advocates & Legal Consultants based in the firm’s head office in Dubai, UAE.

Matthew qualified and practiced in London prior to moving to the United Arab Emirates in 2012 and has worked with clients extensively throughout the region including engagements in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Egypt and Afghanistan.

His practice focuses on domestic and international corporate and commercial work. He brings a wealth of experience in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate finance transactions, private equity and venture capital investments, public offerings, private placements, share and asset acquisitions/disposals and reorganisations. He also advises on day to day corporate and commercial matters such as the application and interpretation of local laws, due diligence, directors’ duties, corporate governance issues, commercial contract terms, market (dominant position) abuse, shareholder disputes, risk advisory and various draft policies and procedures. He works on multi-sector engagements including financial services, property, defence & security, oil & gas, healthcare, retail (sports, F&B), aerospace, automotive, engineering, media and manpower services.

He has extensive experience in advising on, negotiating and drafting a wide range of corporate and commercial documents, including management, partnership, services, consultancy, sale and purchase and shareholder agreements. He has served as both a board advisor and observer guiding clients on various legal issues as they affect the business both internally and externally, advising both in conjunction with and in the absence of in-house legal counsel.

Matthew has advised a diversity of clients ranging from public companies and financial institutions to entrepreneurs and small businesses. Mr. Donovan has worked with clients including Goldman Sachs, Sigma Broking, Gulf Marketing Group, Zeus Capital, Brunel, Kimura Capital, Shelf Drilling, Marriott, FFG Flensburger, BAE, Omnia Group, Abdul Latif Jameel, General Motors, L-3 Technologies, CMC Markets and Transguard Group (an Emirates Group company).

Prior to joining Galadari, he was a corporate partner in the Dubai office of DWF (Middle East) LLP and regional head of the corporate practice in the Middle East. He brings to the team over 20 years of experience, 7 of which have been spent in the Middle East region.

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