Stefan is a partner in the Global Mergers & Acquisitions team in our Dubai office.
He specialises in advising on cross-border M&A, joint ventures, broader corporate transactions and complex commercial contracts with a MENA angle. In recent years he has advised Abu Dhabi Inc., Dubai Inc., various Saudi giga projects and numerous leading global corporates on matters valued in the USD billions.
Additionally, Stefan leads our financial services regulatory; technology, media & telecommunications; and (award winning) fintech practices in the UAE. In connection with this, he counsels the world's leading technology companies and financial institutions with respect to complex technology, Web3, data privacy, financial services regulatory and compliance matters across onshore UAE, ADGM, DIFC and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He advises Middle East Governments in connection with legislative reform and transformation / giga projects as well as with respect to inbound foreign direct investment.
Stefan is ranked as a Band 2 lawyer in Chambers, where he is described as "a well-respected figure". Clients praise Stefan as "a top lawyer" and say he is a "good individual to work with, personable, approachable, down to earth, responsive", as well as being "a great resource and available" (Chambers 2023).
He is also recognised as a "Next Generation Partner" for Technology, Media & Telecommunications as well as Financial Services Regulation and a "key lawyer" for Commercial, Corporate and M&A in Legal 500. Stefan is described as "fantastic", "a safe pair of hands" and a "go-to person for any legal advice" who has "exceptional commercial judgement" (Legal 500, 2023).
Stefan previously worked in our London office. Prior to re-joining White & Case he spent four years working for a Magic Circle law firm in Dubai.
Representative work includes:
Advisory (financial services regulatory, data privacy and compliance):
Meta (f/k/a Facebook) in connection with UAE aspects of its global stablecoin project and numerous other regulatory matters, including with respect to digital assets, data protection and compliance in the GCC.
Amazon Payment Services in connection with various financial services, data privacy and corporate governance matters across the Middle East.
Amazon Web Services in connection with various data, cybersecurity and compliance projects and matters across MENA.
Amazon.com in connection with numerous MENA financial services, e-commerce and compliance matters.
Various Saudi government bodies, Ministries and authorities in connection with technology investments as well as data privacy and digital regulation.
E& (f/k/a Etisalat) in connection with various matters across MENA.
MENA tech investor, A15, in connection with the disposal of a majority stake in its adtech business, Connect Ads, to IMS Internet Media Services, a global digital communications and marketing conglomerate.
ACDC Fund in connection with the sale of SUPERNAP International, a data centre developer joint venture with Switch, to IPI Partners, a technology-related real estate fund.
Oak Hill Advisors in connection with its investment in the €3bn national broadband plan in Ireland.
Basalt Infrastructure Partners on its acquisition of bn:t Blatzheim Networks Telecom GmbH and SOCO Network Solution, full-service telecommunications providers based in Germany.
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank in connection with the disposal by NCH Ventures S.P.C. of 100% of its majority shareholding in Global Investment House, an asset management and investment banking firm, to Kamco Investment Company, a leading Kuwaiti investment company.*
TE Connectivity, a network infrastructure company, in connection with the UAE aspects of the sale of its broadband network solutions business to CommScope Holding Co Inc for approximately US$3 billion.*
*Matter worked on at a previous firm.
White & Case Pro Bono Awards, 2010 – 2012