Mikaela Nikolausson Toumia

Associate, Dubai



Mikaela Nikolausson Toumia is an associate in our Debt Finance practice, based in our Dubai office. As well as her experience in the UAE, Mikaela has spent some time in our London office.

Her experience includes advising sovereigns, financial institutions, private equity sponsors and corporate borrowers in relation to a wide range of debt-offerings, banking and finance transactions, including cross-border acquisition finance, refinancing and restructuring projects and general bank lending.

Bars and Courts
England and Wales
Bachelor of International Studies with Bachelor of Laws
Macquarie University
University of Law


Representation of Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation ("EMPOWER") in connection with its AED5,500,000,000 conventional term loan facilities and standard (long/short) commodity Murabaha Shariah compliant facilities, extended to Empower by Emirates NBD Capital Limited as initial conventional and Islamic mandated lead arranger and Emirates NBD Bank (P.J.S.C.) as original lender and Islamic participant.

Representation of Investcorp SA and Investcorp Holding BSC in relation to their dual tranche US$250 million syndicated revolving credit facility and their dual tranche US$349 million and €76 million revolving credit facilities.

Representation of IHS Towers (IHS Netherlands Holdco B.V.) on its US$500 million and US$800 million dual-tranche bond issue and on its US$500 million (equivalent) US dollar and Nigerian Naira pari passu senior credit facilities agreement, which will together provide IHS Towers with an aggregate US$1.8 billion (equivalent).

Representation of the heirs of Abdul Latif Ibrahim Galadari in connection with the acquisition finance facility for the 58.5% stake in Galadari Brothers Co LLC, a diversified business conglomerate with operations spread across multiple business verticals. The AED1.675bn 3-month Bridge Loan with a take-out under a 10-year term and 5-Year bank guaranteed deferred payment facility was one of the largest acquisition finance transactions in the region (Local Currency Deal of the Year 2018, Bond, Loans & Sukuk Middle East).

Representation of ENBD REIT (CEIC) PLC, a leading Sharia-compliant real estate investment trust managed by Emirates NBD Asset Management Limited in connection with a US$177 million (AED 650 million) Sharia-compliant financing facility from Mashreqbank psc and  US$75 million (AED 275 million) Murabaha finance facility from Standard Chartered Bank.

Representation of Nomura International plc as lender of an unsecured bilateral US$50 million term loan facility to the Commercial Bank of Dubai P.S.C., which was subsequently transferred to National Bank of Kuwait S.A.K.P. (Dubai branch).

Representation of Castik Capital, the German based private equity firm on the debt financing provided by one of Ardian's direct lending funds for the acquisition of the transport and delivery logistics division, Wolters Kluwer Transport Services, from the Wolters Kluwer group.

Representation of Cerberus Capital Management, LP, acting via subsidiary Promontoria Holding 202 BV (as a borrower), on Promontoria's acquisition and financing of a portfolio of commercial loans in Germany, Finland, the Netherlands and Denmark from HSH Nordbank AG. Morgan Stanley Bank, N.A. acted as the fronting bank under a trust arrangement in respect of a loan which was unable to transfer from HSH to a non-financial institution either legally or via traditional sub-participation, and as lender under the senior facilities agreement.

Representation of UKEF and lenders in connection with export credit-supported re-financings including more than 30 Airbus aircraft for AirAsia.