Ali’s experience ranges from advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, IPOs/equity capital markets transactions, private equity and venture capital transactions, joint ventures, and general corporate and commercial advisory work, having worked on a wide range of cross-border corporate, M&A and equity capital market transactions across the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Africa, North America and South America.
Ali is ranked as a "next generation partner" (Legal 500) and "up and coming lawyer" (Chambers Global).
Ali has been praised by clients as being "an extremely bright person, and from a commercial perspective he's one of the best. He knows the market and investor mentality and is able to adapt to that while protecting the client's best interest." (Chambers Global)
He is also described as "very hard working, always available and approachable as well as commercially minded." (Legal 500).
He is fluent in both written and spoken Arabic.
Prior to joining White & Case in 2014, Ali worked at a magic circle law firm.
Represented DEWA on its US$6.1 billion IPO on the DFM, the largest ever IPO in the UAE.
Represented ADES International Holding on its IPO on the London Stock Exchange. This was the first DIFC company to carry out a listing solely on the London Stock Exchange and it was awarded Equity Deal of the Year in the 2017 IFLR awards.
Represented Emirates NBD Capital Limited and EFG-Hermes UAE Limited on the initial public offering of shares of ENBD REIT (CEIC) Limited, a Shari'a compliant REIT, and its listing on Nasdaq Dubai.
Represented United Al Saqer Group LLC on their subscription for US$70m of redeemable exchangeable preference shares in Hygienic Holding Group Ltd.
Represented NMC Health on its US$207m acquisition of Cosmesurge from Emirates Hospitals Group.
Represented a large international private equity fund on the acquisition of a majority interest in a UAE-based school group.
Represented a UAE-based technology services and consulting company on its pre-IPO re-organisation, private placement.
Represented Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) in connection with the implementation of Federal Decree by Law No. 3 and the subsequent changes to its constitutional documents and ownership structure to permit foreign ownership.
Represented the joint lead managers in connection with the IPO of Amanat on the Dubai Financial Market.
Represented a GCC sovereign wealth fund on an international joint venture in the financial services sector.
Represented the joint global coordinators on the IPO of Emaar Misr.
Represented Investment Corporation of Dubai, the principal investment arm of the government of Dubai, in respect of its acquisition of a number of key hotel and other assets.
Represented Labregah Real Estate Company and Barwa Real Estate on the acquisition of US$5.3 billion of assets comprising major real estate projects, including Barwa City and Barwa Commercial Avenue, and a significant stake in Barwa Bank.
Next Generation Partner
Corporate M&A, Legal 500, UAE, 2020
IFLR1000, M&A and Equity Capital Markets, 2019 & 2020
Up and Coming Lawyer
Chambers Global, 2019
"An extremely bright person, and from a commercial perspective he's one of the best. He knows the market and investor mentality and is able to adapt to that while protecting the client's best interest."
Chambers Global, 2019
"Very hard working, always available and approachable as well as commercially minded."
Legal 500, 2020