Stefan is counsel in the Firm's Corporate M&A Team in the UAE. He specialises in advising Western and Middle Eastern corporates, sovereign wealth funds, family offices and private equity investors in connection with acquisitions / disposals, joint ventures, group reorganisations, regulatory matters (particularly in relation to data protection and cybersecurity), licensing, corporate governance issues and restructurings in MENA. He has particular experience advising TMT, healthcare and energy clients.
Stefan has been based in the Middle East for more than five years, having 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 transactions include advising:
Mediclinic, an international hospital provider, in connection with its expansion into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, via a joint venture with Al Murjan Group.
Deloitte as the liquidator of Dubai-headquartered Abraaj in connection with Abraaj’s investment in Byco Petroleum, a Pakistani petroleum business engaged in oil refining and the sale of petroleum.
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.
GSO Capital Partners, the hedge fund arm of the Blackstone Group, in connection with its financing package to support Advent International’s US$4 billion take private of Cobham plc, a UK defence and aerospace group.
A UAE-based family office in connection with a confidential telecoms acquisition in Central Asia.*
Avicenna Partners in connection with the disposal of Amana Healthcare to a Mubadala-led consortium.*
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.*
WPP plc in connection with various confidential acquisitions and disposals in MENA.*
ExxonMobil in connection with a multi-billion dollar offshore gas project in Mozambique.*
A globally-renowned Saudi corporate as a member of a consortium led by Investcorp on its investment into a new landmark hospital complex on Reem Island, Abu Dhabi.*
Qatar Petroleum in connection with two confidential M&A transactions.*
Dubai Investments in connection with the acquisition of an additional 50% stake in Emirates District Cooling (Emicool), a provider of district cooling services in the UAE from Union Properties.*
Prostar Capital, an investment manager specialising in investments in energy infrastructure in connection with the acquisition of a majority interest in an oil storage terminal in Fujairah.*
Varkey Group in connection with the disposal of a 3% stake in GEMS Education, the international education company headquartered in Dubai, to Khazanah Nasional Berhad, the strategic investment fund of the Government of Malaysia.*
Saudi Aramco in relation to the development of an EPCI project in Ras Al Khair, Saudi Arabia with McDermott International.*
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.*
Saudi Aramco on the US$1.3 billion merger of the fleet and operations of its wholly- owned subsidiary Vela International Marine Ltd with The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri).
Ruspetro plc, an oil development and production business with assets in western Siberia, on its capital and financial restructuring, including a placing and open offer of new shares, a debt for equity swap and the entry into new debt facilities.
New World Resources plc, one of Central Europe’s leading hard coal and coke producers, in connection with its restructuring.
Iberdrola on the sale by its subsidiary Scottish Power Generation Limited of certain power-generating assets to UK Power Reserve Limited, one of the UK’s leading independent developers and operators of power generating assets.
*Matter worked on at a previous firm.
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