Gabrielle is a UK qualified financial services regulatory lawyer based in White and Case's Dubai office. Gabrielle has been in the middle east for 18 months and has experience advising banks and other financial institutions on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Gabrielle has experience dealing with regulators in onshore United Arab Emirates and in each of the financial free zones.
Gabrielle also spent two years in her early career working in a large UK financial institution where she gained expertise in payments, retail and business banking and financial crime related matters.
Representative transactions include advising:
- Amazon on their application to the United Arab Emirates Central Bank for a category III license to provide Retail Payment Services to customers in the United Arab Emirates;
- TP ICAP plc on the acquisition of leading global electronic trading network Liquidnet Holdings, Inc for a consideration of USD700 million which included United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates regulatory advice;
- a global remittance business on their application for a license from the Dubai Financial Services Authority to provide money services from the Dubai International Financial Centre including the preparation of local compliance policies;
- a large commercial bank on their application for authorisation for a Category 5 license in accordance with the newly publish Securities and Commodities Authority Rulebook;
- a digital (app-based) mobile wallet provider on their application to the United Arab Emirates Central Bank for a license to provide Stored Value Facility and Retail Payment Services to customers in the United Arab Emirates including crypto-currency services;
- a buy now pay later (app-based) platform on payment services regulations in the United Arab Emirates;
- on the establishment of qualified investor funds in the Abu Dhabi Global Market and the licensing and establishment of category 3C fund managers;
- with respect to regulatory due diligence on merger and acquisitions arrangements to effect transfers of business and subsequent change in control applications to the Financial Conduct Authority, Prudential Regulation Authority and the Dubai Financial Service Authority. This included coordination of local counsel in multiple jurisdictions for regulatory approvals and notifications; and
- on regulatory enforcement matters including investigations into individuals in breach of the Dubai Financial Services Authority rules and regulations.