Nicholas is a UK qualified solicitor in our corporate finance team. Nicholas joined GLS Law Firm from a global law firm, and advises on banking & finance matters throughout the South East Asia and the MENA region.
Corporate / Project Finance: Advising Standard Chartered Bank in the creation of a AED340m real estate and project finance facility for Landmark Properties Group.
Corporate Finance / Banking (Borrower): Advising KKR/Bain in conjunction with the €7.1bn bid for Portugal Telecom.
Corporate Finance / Banking (Borrower): Advising KKR Portfolio Company in conjunction with a £475m term loan and £100m revolving credit facility in anticipation of its IPO.
Corporate Finance / Banking (Borrower): Advising Blackstone in relation to the acquisition finance of Alban Gate, 125 London Wall, 125 Old Broad Street and Chiswick Park.
Corporate Finance / Banking (Borrower): Advising a distressed borrower on a US$1.55billion term loan facility, US$250m secured revolving credit facility and a £360m mezzanine facility.
Corporate Finance / Banking (Borrower): Advising KKR in conjunction with a €515m term loan and €100m revolving credit facility to finance acquisition of Finedining Capital.
Corporate Finance / Banking (Lender): Advising JPM Chase on European security process relating to the refinancing of a US$2billion multi-tranche, multi-currency US credit agreement.
Corporate Finance / Banking (Lender): Advising JPM Chase on a US$250m term loan facility.
Corporate Finance / Banking (Lender): Advising a syndicate of lenders with regard to a US$275m refinancing secured against extensive US care-home assets.
Corporate Finance / Banking (Lender): Advising First Gulf Bank / National Bank of Abu Dhabi in a US$130m corporate financing for a Mubadala portfolio company. Advice included reviewing and advising upon impact of Iran sanctions.
Islamic Finance: Advising Julius Baer in preparing a suite of English and Swiss law governed Shariah compliance finance document precedents.
Islamic Finance: Lead Associate in advising Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank in relation to a AED500m mixed Islamic and Conventional financing of a hospital, research centre and staff accommodation development in the GCC.
Islamic Finance: Advising JPM Chase on a US$50m Shariah compliant (Murabaha) structure.
Financial Regulatory: Advising Mizuho Bank in relation to DFSA Conduct of Business requirements.
Financial Regulatory: Advising in international investment bank in relation to DFSA Conduct of Business requirements.
Financial Regulatory: Advising Mizuho Bank in reviewing and assisting with the design of KYC and AML data collection and reporting systems, including information exchange protocols between London, Tokyo and Dubai databases.
Financial Regulatory: Advising MedSecurities in relation to DFSA regulations, and the creation of internal compliance and reporting policies and structures, including KYC and AML.
Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales
Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, Dubai, UAE
Associate (2015 - 2017)
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, London, UK
Associate (2014 - 2015)
King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin LLP, London, UK
Trainee Solicitor (2012 - 2014)
European Commission, Luxembourg
Public Procurement (2011)
Financial Ombudsman, London, UK
Adjudicator (2010 - 2011)
College of Law, UK
Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (2010)
University of Leicester, UK
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - English (First Class)
A good project manager
UK and UAE regulatory experience
Experience of both Islamic and conventional financing instruments
Broad corporate and finance experience
Big on process - design and implementation
Finance, Islamic Finance
Regulation, Financial Services
Private Equity / Venture Capital