Claire Matheson Kirton | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice

Claire Matheson Kirton

Local Partner, Dubai

Overview

Claire is a Local Partner in our Bank Finance Practice based in our Dubai office. She has considerable experience advising international and local financial institutions and corporations on a variety of conventional and Sharia compliant financing transactions. Claire maintains a particular focus on corporate finance and structured trade finance across MENA and India. In addition, Claire has been involved in a broad range of asset and tax based structured finance work with an emphasis in media and telecoms related sectors.

Claire has practised in Dubai for more than eight years and in that time has worked on some of the most innovative Islamic finance deals closed to date. She is named by Islamic Finance News as a "leading lawyer" in the fields of Banking & Capital Markets, Energy and Infrastructure and Structured Finance.

Prior to joining White & Case, Claire worked for an international law firm in Dubai.

Bars and Courts

  • England and Wales

Education

  • LPC, College of Law
  • LLB (Hons), University of Leicester

Languages

  • English

Experience

Acting for the borrower in relation to the US$1.1 billion refinancing and extended facility (conventional and Islamic tranches) for the Atlantis Hotel, Dubai.*

Advising Dubai Islamic Bank PJSC on an AED740 million (US$201 million) ijara facility for Al Nadha Real Estate Trading Co LLC for the construction and expansion of the Sahara Centre, a major shopping centre in Sharjah, UAE.*

Advising the mandated lead arrangers (Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, First Gulf Bank PJSC, Maybank Investment Bank Berhad, National Bank of Fujairah PSC, Natixis, Dubai Branch, and The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd, Dubai Branch regulated by DFSA) on the project financing of the Fujairah Oil Terminal – Winner of the 2013 Middle Eastern Oil & Gas Deal of the year.*

Acting for Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Mashreqbank, Dubai Islamic Bank, and Noor Islamic Bank as joint mandated lead arrangers in relation to the AED2 billion ($545 million) facility (conventional and Islamic tranches) to GEMS Education.*

Advising Barclays Bank plc and Standard Chartered Bank as joint coordinators in connection with a US$1.2 billion syndicated revolving credit facility to Petrofac, a leading international oil services company.*

Advising Standard Chartered Bank on a portfolio of structured trade finance and receivables backed financing in excess of US$2 billion across the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan and Oman. *

*Matters prior to joining White & Case.