Stefan is a partner in the Global Mergers & Acquisitions team in our Dubai office.
He specialises in advising businesses and sovereign investors in connection with cross-border M&A, joint ventures, foreign direct investment and broader corporate matters with a MENA angle. He has advised across a wide array of sectors over the last decade but has particular experience advising on FIG and TMT deals.
Stefan also leads our financial services regulatory; technology, media & telecommunications; and (award winning) fintech advisory practices in the UAE. In this respect he counsels global corporates, bank and non-bank financial institutions, US Big Tech and funds with respect to complex regulatory compliance matters and digital / metaverse related projects. He advises Middle East Governments in connection with legislative reform and transformation / giga projects as well as with respect to FDI in the digital, tech, cloud computing and financial services spaces in particular. His advisory expertise includes financial services, digital asset (including cryptocurrency), funds, AML, sanctions, data protection, cyber, cloud, technology, foreign direct investment and corporate governance regulation across onshore UAE, ADGM, DIFC and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
In recent years he has advised Dubai Inc., ExxonMobil, Mubadala, Qatar Petroleum and Saudi Aramco on M&A deals valued in the USD billions.
He has counselled Amazon, Crypto.com, Qatar Investment Authority, Meta and various Ministries in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with respect to complex technology and financial services regulatory matters.
Stefan is ranked as a Band 2 lawyer in Chambers, where he is described as "a well-respected figure" (Chambers 2023).
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).
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