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Abdullah is a UK-qualified bi-lingual Partner in the firm’s Dubai office with over 25 years’ experience practicing in London and the Middle East. He leads the firm’s Corporate Commercial department across the region including the firm’s M&A and Venture Capital & Emerging Companies practices.
Abdullah is a corporate finance specialist with particularly deep experience of cross-border mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and commercial advisory work. His deal list extends to several multi-billion dollar strategic M&A transactions including sell-side and buy-side mandates in addition to many private equity and principal investing acquisitions and disposals.
Abdullah’s clients include public and private companies, sovereign wealth funds, banks, private equity funds, venture capital firms and family offices and the transactions he has led have involved assets across 33 developed and emerging markets across the globe. In recent years, Abdullah has gained an unrivalled experience in regional and international venture capital financing transactions and is one of the most experienced venture capital lawyers in the region.
In addition to his transactional experience, Abdullah has represented clients in a number of high-profile turnaround, re-structuring and bankruptcy matters and other ‘special situations’ or financial distress mandates.
Abdullah was named as one of the MENA Super 50 Lawyers by Thomson Reuters’ publication Asian Legal Business in February 2021 and receives outstanding feedback by his clients who regularly cite his qualities as a trusted advisor, a pragmatic problem-solver, a strong negotiator and an outstanding communicator.
1994 – Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, The College of Law, London
1993 – Bachelor of Laws, University of Westminster
1996 – Qualified Solicitor, England and Wales
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