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Sonia is an associate in our Corporate and M&A group, based in the UAE. Sonia has a range of experience advising clients on general corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, and joint-ventures.
Before joining White & Case, Sonia worked for a Magic Circle firm in its London and Dubai offices.
Representing United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), the Dubai-headquartered container shipping business, and its majority shareholders Qatar Holding and Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia on its announced multibillion dollar merger with German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd, one of the largest M&A deals ever in the MENA region.
Advising the Abraaj Group on its partnership with the Aditya Birla Group to build a gigawatt scale platform focused on developing solar power plants in India.*
Advising Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company on its acquisition of an equity stake in Gulf Cryo, a major regional manufacturer, distributor and service provider of industrial gases based in Kuwait.*
Advising the Abraaj Group on setting up a US$200 million healthcare group in partnership with the European Bank for Reconstruction, DEG and PROPARCO.*
Advising a financial investor on its acquisition of an 80% stake in a leading manufacturer and distributor of farming products in Angola, Brazil, Mozambique, the Netherlands, Portugal and Romania.*
Advising the Abraaj Group on the sale of its full investment in Moulin d'Or, a leading producer of baked goods in Tunisia.*
Advising Gulf Capital on the management buy-out of Dubai-based Destinations of the World, the leading travel accommodation wholesaler in the region and one of the top 10 globally.*
Advising Dubai Group (a unit of Dubai Holding) on the US$165 million disposal of Dubai First, a leading UAE-based consumer finance and credit card business to First Gulf Bank.*
Advising Vintage Holdings on its sale of Chef Middle East L.L.C, a major supplier of food products to regional hotels, food services, casual dining and airline industries in the UAE, Oman and Qatar.*
Advising EFG Hermes on its strategic investment with Qatar's QInvest to create an investment bank covering the Arab world, Africa, Turkey and South and South East Asia.*
* Prior to joining White & Case.