Partner - Corporate
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What’s your role?
I am a Partner in the Corporate team of Coffin Mew, based in Newbury.
I joined Coffin Mew in October 2018, after 15 years’ living and working in the United Arab Emirates. Having worked for a number of international firms during that time, I made the specific decision to join Coffin Mew because of the fresh challenge it represents. My role is to help grow and develop the firm’s Corporate offering, in the Thames Valley particularly, but also internationally.
My experience has taught me that every deal, and every client, is unique. Managing international transactions has required me to appreciate and understand that clients can have a wide variety of experiences, expectations and understanding of the various stages of corporate transactions. Whether advising on an M&A or joint venture deal, or providing more general corporate advice (for example, on shareholder agreements, corporate structuring, or board and shareholder governance issues), I have learned to adapt my service offering to the individual requirements of my clients, in order to form a professional partnership with them.
I qualified as a solicitor in 2001, with an international firm in London. In 2003, they offered me the opportunity to move to the United Arab Emirates, where I developed a successful career as an Corporate lawyer in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai with a number of international firms.
I have worked with a broad range of clients, both domestic and international, in a multitude of different business sectors. The following are examples of some of the transactions I have led:
• Advising Carnival Cinemas in relation to its first foray into the Middle East market, through an acquisition of a cinema exhibition group of companies operating in the UAE and Bahrain.
• Advising the US division of a multinational chemicals and polymers manufacturer in relation to its multi-million dollar aerospace joint venture with a prominent Abu Dhabi government subsidiary.
• Leading on the multi-million dollar sale to a prominent Saudi family of a majority stake in, and subsequent restructuring of, NSV Trading LLC, a company supplying automobile parts and accessories to the Toyota Group across the GCC.
• Advising Anderson Hay & Grain (Seattle based animal food manufacturer, and #1 hay exporter in the US) in relation to the establishment of its UAE joint venture with an Abu Dhabi based consortium (including related IP Licensing, Distribution, Supply and other Service Agreements).
Since joining Coffin Mew, I have also worked to achieve the successful completion of a complex corporate restructuring for a UK company, involving a share sale and purchase, new inward investment and share allotments, variation of class rights, and consequential revisions to Articles and Shareholders Agreement.