Abdulwahid Alulama | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Abdulwahid Alulama
Abdulwahid Alulama

Abdulwahid Alulama

Partner, Abu Dhabi, Dubai

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Abdulwahid Alulama advises clients, predominantly operating in the Middle East and North Africa, regarding mergers and acquisitions and a range of corporate matters.


Abdulwahid supports clients with mergers and acquisitions and a broad spectrum of corporate matters. Based in the Firm’s UAE offices, he helps both domestic and international clients to achieve their business objectives, primarily within markets in the Middle East and North Africa.

His practice is focused on cross-border transactions, initial public offerings, corporate governance and commercial deals. He also offers clients the benefit of his significant track record in such varied areas as financial regulation, debt capital markets, banking and finance, project finance, real estate and litigation. He is also an active arbitrator under both the ICC and Dubai International Arbitration Center Rules. This unusual breadth of experience enables Abdulwahid to provide comprehensive legal advice across many of the Firm’s core practice areas.

A citizen of the United Arab Emirates, Abdulwahid’s professional background spans a variety of legal and commercial roles across the territory. Before joining White & Case in 2012, he was a partner of the largest local UAE law firm in Dubai, and a former managing partner of their associated Qatar office. He was also the Group Chief Legal Officer of Dubai World, a prominent and active Dubai-based sovereign wealth fund. On the industry side, Abdulwahid has been involved in a number of senior strategic commercial roles in the retail, natural resources and finance sectors.

This wide-ranging legal and commercial experience has given Abdulwahid a thorough grasp of the business environment within the United Arab Emirates, and has earned him a reputation as a trusted advisor within the local business community.

A substantial portion of Abdulwahid’s practice is also devoted to managing the Firm’s relationships with major UAE-based clients. Abdulwahid’s work as a former general counsel to a sovereign wealth fund has given him particular insight into the needs of these clients, to whom he provides ongoing counsel regarding the latest developments in the market, as well as such issues as how best to internally structure their legal teams to attract local regional talent.

Bars and Courts

  • Registered with UAE Ministry of Justice


  • LLB, UAE University
  • LLM, Maritime and International Trade, University College London


  • Arabic
  • English
  • Urdu


JLM Banks on the IPO of Amanat PJSC, 2014

Representation on an IPO (DFM listing) of a greenfield health and education investment company in the UAE.

Issuer 2014

Advising a company in the Facility Management, Construction and Development activities on conversion froma limited liability company into a public joint stock company and legal aspects of its IPO and listing on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange.

UAE Issuer, 2014

Representation of a UAE issuer on its proposed NYSE-listed IPO. This ground-breaking transaction is believed to be the first-ever NYSE-listed IPO for a UAE issuer.

Issuer, 2014

Representation of a financial services company on its conversion, IPO and listing on the DFM.

JLM Banks 2014

Representation in the IPO of a major family conglomerate with diversified business activities on its IPO and listing on the DFM.

Vehicle Importer, 2014

Representation of a UAE-based vehicle importer in connection with a joint venture company in Algeria for the importation and after-sales services of a major international vehicle brand group.

Capital Markets Authority, 2014

Representation of the Capital Markets Authority of a GCC State, in relation to the review and revision of its Capital Markets framework legislation. Our role includes benchmarking against other relevant jurisdictions, as well as the eventual drafting of framework legislation based on best standards.

Tecom Investments

Drafting of the full suite of standard documentation for the Global Village project in Dubai including licensing, concession, service and procurement agreements.

Major Multinational F & B company

Advising the company on its licensing agreements in the MENA region and relationships with its strategic partner on variety of commercial aspects.

Large Family Conglomerate in the UAE

Representation of the Conglomerate on its acquisitions of a local and regional furniture retailer and distributor.