Biography

Layla works closely with our international, regional and domestic clients, providing assistance to commercial entities in a range of matters including registering corporate entities, corporate restructuring, share transfer agreements, sale purchase agreements, share mortgage agreements, personal guarantees, increases and decreases in capital, drafting and amending constitutional documents, corporate secretarial matters, advising on trust structures in Bahrain and conducting due diligence.  

Layla also has specialist, innovative experience in the start-up space specifically the growth of the FinTech sector and assisting with Central Bank of Bahrain Sandbox applications. Layla is scheduled to qualify as an England & Wales Solicitor in 2022.

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Recent Experience

  • Advising one of the world’s largest care and assistance providers, in connection with its acquisition of the assets of a leading insurance service provider in the GCC Region. 
  • Advising and assisting with the incorporation and entry of a leading smart and cloud kitchen service, to the Bahrain market, and subsequently the restructuring the same. 
  • Advising a large family-owned conglomerate with its complex, internal restructuring plan in the GCC Region (Bahrain, KSA, UAE and Oman).
  • Advising a major call center company on its acquisition of a leading call center service provider in the Gulf region. 
  • Assisting a global industrial company on the acquisition of the shares owned by the local partner pf their subsidiary in Bahrain and providing ongoing legal support to the subsidiary in Bahrain. 
  • Advising a multinational pharmaceutical company on commercial agency and distribution laws in Bahrain.
  • Advising an infrastructure and urban development corporation on local laws relating to public-private partnerships (PPP) and the construction and operation of railways under Bahrain laws.
  • Advising a major multinational logistics company on ownership restrictions and the required licenses and approvals to set up an entity in Bahrain. 
  • Providing ongoing support to a multinational fashion brand subsidiary in Bahrain, specifically on corporate governance.
  • Advising local and international startups on the incorporation of their Bahrain subsidiaries and branches.
  • Advising and assisting on the sale and purchase of a Bahraini flagged ship to be flagged in Greece.

Language(s)

  • Arabic
  • English

Education

2018 – LLM Law – Queen Mary University of London

2015 – LPC Law – University of Law – Bloomsbury London

2014 – LLB Law – University of Kent – Canterbury

Admission

2022 – Practising Lawyer – Ministry of Justice, Islamic Affairs & Waqf – Kingdom of Bahrain

Practice(s)