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As the regional transformation continues, corporate entities require strategic advisory and technical legal support in order to address complex and contentious matters which may arise. The team at Galadari leverage their agile approach locally, along with leaning on our regional and international experience to support our clients with their corporate requirements. As a leading local law firm, our team have a deep-rooted and highly-regarded understanding of the legalities regarding conducting business in the UAE. Our long-standing presence in the UAE is respected by our clients and puts them at ease knowing that their business is in the hands of an established local law firm.

Our corporate capabilities include investments, private equity and venture capital, capital markets, complex mergers & acquisitions and joint ventures, corporate structuring and restructuring and initial public offerings (IPO’s). Our corporate team work through the full gamut of corporate advisory including document and contract review, negotiations, due diligence and regulatory approvals.

Our Corporate Practice have a great deal of experience in handling high-value M&A and joint venture deals in the region. We work on cross-border transactions across many jurisdictions in the MENA region. Our corporate team handle M&A matters both regional and international including mergers & demergers, disposals, incorporations, restructuring and all other areas of commercial transactions. We provide due diligence from the start of an M&A transactions, including negotiations, contact drafting and reviewing through to dealing with approvals and managing the completion of the deal. Our team have expert knowledge of Middle Eastern jurisdictions including, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

Our corporate lawyers are well-placed to provide advice on company formations and restructuring, IPOs, company formation and restructuring, rights issues and to provide due diligence. Our experience extends not only to local markets but internationally as well, including Dubai Financial Market (DFM), Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) and the London Stock Exchange. At Galadari we are well equipped to advise our clients on the various methods of corporate finance, which can include; refinancing loans, syndicated facilities, contractor financing. Since the implementation of Value Added Tax (VAT) in the UAE, our lawyers have been advising our corporate and commercial clients registering and payment of VAT.

Our corporate lawyers are well-informed on the many laws and regulations in the UAE, including; UAE Federal Law, Company Law, Labour Law, Commercial Agency Law, Real Estate Law and Freehold Law, as such our advice to clients can be relied upon to be both accurate and timely.

Corporate governance in the UAE is focused mainly on listed companies. At Galadari our lawyers help our clients with their corporate entities in the forms of LLCs, PJSCs, free zone companies and partnership organisations, in both the public and private sector. Our Corporate Practice as full proficient at handling private equity matters such as venture capital, growth capital, fund formation, regulations, portfolio development, structuring investments and minimizing risk.

The Corporate Practice work closely with our dispute resolution team, who are on hand to advise and protect clients when business matters become contentious, which can include breach of contract, shareholder disputes and post JV or M&A disputes.

Our clients are both regional and international, ranging from a variety of sectors including government and semi-government, education, healthcare, oil & gas, real estate and retail. Whether they look at entering new markets or are well established in the region, we support our clients with negotiating,

drafting and reviewing a wide range of contracts which include but not limited to:

  • Joint ventures
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Licensing and franchising
  • Agency and distribution agreements
  • Technology and E-commerce contracts
  • IP licensing
  • Financial services agreements
  • Private equity
  • M&A
  • Dispute resolution
  • Tax