Debashis Dey

Partner, Dubai, London

Biography

“Truly fabulous” Debashis Dey is noted for “in-depth knowledge” and “vast experience”. Sources state that “he is frank in terms of what is doable and what the hurdles would be - he lays things out clearly for clients”.
Chambers Global

Overview

Widely recognised as one of the Middle East's leading capital markets lawyers, Debashis helps domestic and international clients to execute a spectrum of complex cross-border transactions.
 
His extensive track record includes advising investment banks, corporates and governments on capital markets, securitisation and structured finance matters, including Islamic finance sukuk transactions, regulatory capital transactions, commercial and residential mortgages and consumer finance as well as sale, acquisition and securitisation of non-performing loans (NPLs) and distressed assets. Debashis is also frequently called upon to work with companies and investment banks, especially in connection with complex, international M&A and Private Equity transactions.
 
Debashis is an innovative lawyer with an ability to lead pioneering work on behalf of his clients. He has worked on many ”first time” deals in the international markets, including leading numerous product innovations in both conventional and Islamic finance, the first covered bond in the US, the first convertible sukuk structure for Aldar PJSC, 'first-time' securitisations in Europe and the Middle East, and convertible and straight debt issues for corporates in the Reg S and Rule 144A markets.
 
A partner in the Firm's Global Capital Markets Practice, Debashis also offers clients the benefit of his wide-ranging international experience. Qualified in England and Wales, New York, British Columbia and Ontario, he has executed deals in and across jurisdictions in the GCC (UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia), Europe, the US and Asia.

Bars and Courts
Solicitor, England and Wales
Attorney, New York State Bar
Barrister and Solicitor, British Columbia
Barrister and Solicitor, Province of Ontario, Canada
Education
LLB
Osgoode Hall Law School

York University, Toronto

BA
Political Science
University of Western Ontario
Languages
English

Experience

Securities transactions
 

  • Barclays Bank PLC as Arranger and Dealer on the 2019 update of the Isbank Global Covered Bond Programme of €2 billion.
  • Barclays Bank PLC and Natixis as Arrangers and Dealers, and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A., BNP Paribas, Landesbank Baden-Württemberg and Société Générale as Dealers on the 2019 update of the Garanti Bank Global Covered Bond Programme.
  • Barclays Bank PLC as arranger and dealer in the update of the €2 billion Global Covered Bond programme of Türkiye İş Bankası A.Ş.
  • Barclays Bank PLC as Arranger and Dealer on the 2019 update of the Isbank Global Covered Bond Programme of €2 billion.
  • Barclays Bank PLC and Natixis as Arrangers and Dealers, and Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A., BNP Paribas, Landesbank Baden-Württemberg and Société Générale as Dealers on the 2019 update of the Garanti Bank Global Covered Bond Programme.
  • UniCredit Bank AG as Arranger in the establishment of the Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Ziraat Bankası A.Ş. EUR1 billion Global Covered Bond Programme.
  •  NATIXIS and UniCredit Bank as Arrangers and Barclays, BNP Paribas, Citigroup, Commerzbank, Erste Group, HSBC, ING, Rabobank and Société Générale as Dealers in the annual update of the €3 billion Covered Bond Programme of T. Vakiflar Bankasi T.A.O., a publicly listed Turkish bank, the majority shares of which are owned by the Turkish state.
  • NATIXIS and UniCredit Bank AG as joint lead arrangers and dealers in the update of the €1 billion Global Covered Bond programme of Yapı ve Kredi Bankası A.Ş.
  • NATIXIS, UniCredit Bank AG, Barclays Bank PLC, BNP Paribas, London Branch, Citigroup Global Markets Limited, Commerzbank AG, Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A., Erste Group Bank AG, HSBC Bank plc, HSBC France, ING Bank N.V., London Branch, Société Générale (the Arrangers) in the update of the €3 billion Global Covered Bond Programme of Türkiye VakıflarBankası T.A.O.
  • the managers on Dubai-based global port operator DP World's issuances of US$300 million Notes due 2048 under its Global Medium Term Note Programme, and US$1 billion Trust Certificates due 2029 under its Trust Certificate Issuance Programme. Both issuances were oversubscribed, with the order books for the GMTN issuance and Trust Certificates issuance reaching US$1.6 billion and US$4.6 billion respectively.
  • European Investment Fund (EIF) in its capacity as Guarantor of Senior Notes on a securitisation concluded by Alior Leasing sp. z o.o., the leasing subsidiary within Alior Bank Group. The securitised portfolio is comprised of PLN 500 million (around €116.3 million) of Polish lease receivables.
  • Greece's 'big four' banks, Alpha Bank, Eurobank, National Bank of Greece and Piraeus Bank, in connection with their entry into a servicing agreement to establish a joint servicing platform with doBank S.p.A., for the management of €1.8 billion of common non-performing loans extended by the banks to small-and medium-sized enterprises.

 

Corporate M&A / Private Equity 
 

  • Centerbridge Partners, L.P. and Elliott Advisors UK Limited on the acquisition of a €900 million portfolio of secured non-performing small business lending and SME loans secured by Greek real estate from the National Bank of Greece (NBG). NBG completed the disposal of the portfolio to Symbol Investment NPLCO DAC, a company jointly owned by funds managed by Centerbridge Partners and Elliott Advisors. The consideration of the transaction is equivalent to approximately 28 percent of the principal amount of the portfolio and is capital accretive to NBG. White & Case advised on all aspects of this highly complex transaction, including the jointventure and acquisition structuring, the asset servicing arrangements with Cepal Hellas, and the limited recourse senior financing together with specialist advice on European risk retention and securitisation regulations. 
  • Alpha Bank A.E. on its sale to a consortium of funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management and International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, of a mixed pool of non-performing loans (NPLs) to Greek SMEs and, together with Alpha Bank's wholly-owned group company Alpha Leasing S.A., repossessed real estate assets in Greece.
  • Cross Ocean Partners (an investment firm focusing on credit investments in a broad range of asset classes), and Fortress Investment Group (a leading global investment firm) on their joint venture and US$900 million acquisition of a portfolio of shipping loans through the acquisition of the shares in the SPV lender from Cerberus. The transaction involved the collaboration of White & Case lawyers in the capital markets, corporate, banking and restructuring teams in Dubai, London, Frankfurt and New York offices, negotiating and executing the suite of acquisition, financing, servicing and other document. 
  • Alpha Bank on its joint venture with Centerbridge Partners for the creation and operation of an innovative integrated servicing platform for NPLs in the Greek market. This was the first licensed servicing company under the very recent Greek legislative and regulatory framework on servicing and transfers of NPLs. 
  •  J.P. Morgan in connection with the financing of Lone Star Fund's bid to acquire from Alpha Bank A.E. a portfolio comprised of Greek commercial real estate NPLs and properties. 

 

Islamic Finance
 

  • the Arrangers and Dealers in the establishment of the Global MTN Programme of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (acting through the Ministry of Finance) and the US$17.5 billion Rule 144A/ Reg S issuance of senior notes thereunder.
  • Investment Corporation of Dubai in connection with the US$1 billion issuance of trust certificates by ICD Sukuk Company Limited under its US$2.5 billion trust certificate issuance programme. The trust certificates, which were issued in a single tranche maturing in 2027, were offered pursuant to Regulation S and are listed on the Nasdaq Dubai and on the Irish Stock Exchange, and have a profit rate of five percent per annum.
  • EQUATE Petrochemical Company K.S.C.C. and the Kuwait Olefins Company K.S.C.C. on the establishment of EQUATE Petrochemical B.V.'s US$4 billion GMTN Programme in October 2016 and the Rule 144A/Regulation S offering of US$2.25 billion notes in aggregate under this Programme. This transaction marked the first ever Rule 144A issuance wholly guaranteed by Kuwaiti entities, the largest ever international Eurobond issuance wholly guaranteed by Kuwaiti entities and the largest corporate Eurobond offering from the GCC region since June 2014.
  • the joint lead managers on the Government of Malaysia’s U.S.$2 billion dual-tranche sukuk-al-wakala issuance.
  • the joint lead managers on the first UK Government Export Credit Agency Guaranteed pre-funded sukuk for Emirates Airlines.
Awards and Recognition

Ranked Band 1 - Middle East-wide, Capital Markets: Debt
Ranked Band 1 - United Arab Emirates, Capital Markets: Debt
Ranked – Expert Based Abroad - Capital Markets - Saudi Arabia & United Arab Emirates
Ranked Band 2 - Middle East-wide, Islamic Finance
Ranked Band 2 - United Arab Emirates, Banking & Finance: Islamic Finance
Chambers Global, Middle East-wide, 2020

Leading Individual, Capital Markets, UAE
Legal 500, UAE, 2020

"Debashis Dey is well reputed for his involvement in high-profile debt capital markets transactions, most notably in sukuk and debut issuances. He frequently acts for government entities and is especially renowned for his presence in the Saudi Arabian market. One highly impressed client noted: "Debashis is great – he really understands structures. If we've got queries, he's always the best person to talk things through with."
Chambers Global, Middle East-wide, 2020

Debashis Dey is a significant practitioner in the sukuk field, where sources state that he "comes highly recommended." He is a skilled adviser on debut issuances and regularly represents international financial institutions, including Shari'a-compliant banks.
Chambers Global, UAE, 2020

Debashis Dey has built up an impressive following in the debt space. He regularly advises on sukuk issuances, and has considerable experience assisting with Saudi-related mandates. One client praised him for being "very responsive to all our enquiries; he always takes the time to analyse in detail the issue at hand." He splits his time between Dubai and London.
Chambers Global, UAE, 2020