Biography

Between admission and coming to the Middle East to join Al Tamimi & Company in 2008, Chris worked in private practice in the corporate and commercial practice of Middletons Lawyers (now K&L Gates) in Melbourne, Australia and was also a secondee in the legal department of Mobil Oil Australia, an ExxonMobil subsidiary, for 8 months in 2004 and 2005.

Prior to joining Al Tamimi’s Riyadh office, Chris worked in the corporate and commercial practice at the firm’s offices in the Dubai International Financial Centre and Abu Dhabi.

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Recent Experience

  • Advising a bidder for the project management consultancy role for the operation and maintenance phase of the Riyadh Metro Project.
  • Advising the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs on a project to establish a new entity to facilitate private sector involvement in the provision of municipal services.
  • Advising DM Aster Healthcare on the USD 250,000,000 acquisition of Sanad Al Rahma Medical Care Company LLC (KSA).
  • Advising a major refining company in Saudi Arabia on various contractual matters.
  • Advising numerous foreign entities on requirements for the offering of units of funds or securities into Saudi Arabia
  • Advising a major food manufacturer on the establishment of a manufacturing joint venture in Saudi Arabia.
  • Drafting the English language versions (in cooperation with counsel preparing the equivalent Arabic versions) of regulations for various government entities, including the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation, in the United Arab Emirates.
  • Advising Deyaar Developments P.J.S.C., the property development affiliate of Dubai Islamic Bank, in relation to the acquisition of the project company Flamingo Creek L.L.C
  • Advising United Arab Shipping Company, an organisation established pursuant to an international treaty and owned by a number of sovereign Arab governments (the U.A.E., Iraq, Qatar, Kuwait, KSA and Bahrain), in relation to the renovation and reconstitution of its constitutional documents.
  • Acting extensively over a number of years in relation to Exxonmobil’s Australian downstream asset divestment program.
  • Advising the State of Victoria (Australia) on the buy-back of its non-metropolitan rail network.
  • Acting for Carter Holt Harvey Ltd, then the ASX listed Australasian affiliate of International Paper, in relation to the asset sale of its Australian, New Zealand and Fijian tissue products businesses to Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget.
  • Acting for Mobil over a number of years in relation to the restructuring on an national basis of its entire franchise network, including restructuring work resulting from the repeal of the nationwide Petroleum Retail Marketing Franchises Act and the introduction of the Oilcode under the Trade Practices Act (C’wlth.).

Language(s)

  • English

Education

2007 – LL.M., University of Melbourne

1999 – LL.B, (Honours), Deakin University

1998 – B.A., University of Melbourne

Admission

2000 – Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia

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