Biography

Christine specializes in advising international and regional clients on the legal and regulatory regime requirements associated with their investments and projects in the Middle East relating to a broad range of industries. Since joining Al Tamimi, Christine has advised extensively on optimal structures for doing business in the region and wide-ranging corporate and commercial matters including transactional matters, due diligence mandates, joint ventures, structuring and restructuring of businesses in various sectors in the UAE and free zones as well as drafting all types of commercial agreements, in addition to advising on corporate governance and compliance issues in the Middle East, particularly in the United Arab Emirates.

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Recent Experience

  • Assisting a leading fund raising and advising firm in the MENA region in its acquisition of several medical clinics operating in the UAE, Qatar, Lebanon, KSA and Kuwait and leading the implementation of the cross-border transaction with the regional offices of the firm.
  • Assisting an American multinational conglomerate which operates through diversified segments such as aviation, healthcare, energy and manufacturing in the implementation of a re-structuring of their group in the UAE following a segregation of segments of their businesses worldwide.
  • Advising on the conversion of a public authority into a private company and assisting with the drafting of the relevant documentation.
  • Assisting in various legal due diligence mandates.
  • Advising one of largest communications, advertising, and digital marketing company in the world on the re-restructuring of its regional group in the UAE and discussing complex reorganization options and processes with the public authorities in Dubai and Abu Dhabi to be implemented for the first time with these authorities.
  • Advising a major worldwide player in the construction equipment and public works sector, on corporate governance related matters following the acquisition of several groups actively operating in the region and proposing re-structuring options for the management and the operating entities.
  • Advising a key player in the wireless communication industry and global mobile phones distributor in the joint venture arrangement in the UAE.
  • Advising on regulatory and licensing requirements for non-profit organisations, associations and foundations in the UAE.
  • Advised a leading private equity firm on the acquisition of a major construction and engineering company in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.*
  • Acted on behalf of two minority shareholders in a subsidiarity of multinational company in the Defence sector based in the GCC, in connection with the proposed sale of their shares.*
  • Represented a virtual kitchen business in the Middle East in relation to series B funding fully subscribed to by a prominent German listed entity with a leading portfolio of online food delivery services.*
  • Advised a master franchisee of a prominent US chain of quick service restaurants, and US multinational coffee and pastry company with its day-to-day corporate and commercial matters, as well as assisted the same group with major transactions, including but not limited to, its corporate reorganization, a cross-border joint venture, advised on the sub-franchise in Morocco and Egypt, advised on several issues with its sub franchisees and suppliers across the region; advised on various regulatory and corporate governance matters; reviewed and advised on issues under several key contracts in the group’s business.*
  • Advised a service provider of district cooling solutions on an acquisition in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, assisted in obtaining the competition authority approval in relation to an acquisition in the UAE, and general advisory work.*
  • Conducted and led several due diligence mandates on, including but not limited to, one of the major engineering and construction companies in KSA, a leading international service provider to the energy industry, and a sustainability consultancy firm in the Middle East.*

*Transactions and advisory work conducted with another law firm

Language(s)

  • Arabic
  • French
  • English

Education

2010 – Diploma in Professional Mediation, Saint Joseph University

2009 – Bachelor in Law, Filière Francophone de Droit

Admission

2010 – Qualified Lawyer at the Beirut Bar Association

Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (ongoing)