Vasi Papadopoulos

Associate, Dubai

Biography

Overview

Vasi is an associate in our Corporate and M&A practice. She has considerable experience advising international and local private equity firms, financial institutions and corporations on a variety of transactions.

Vasi has practiced in international law firms for more than five and a half years and in that time has worked on mandates across the globe.

Prior to joining White & Case, Vasi worked for a magic circle law firm in London and Dubai.

Bars and Courts
England and Wales
Education
Accelerated Legal Practice Course
BPP Law School
Graduate Diploma in Law
BPP Law School
MSc Law and Accounting
London School of Economics and Political Science
BA International Business
Richmond University

American International University in London

Languages
English
German
Greek

Experience

Private M&A

The UTICO group, the UAE's leading private water and power utility company on a sale of a substantial minority interest in the group to a subsidiary of the Oman Investment Fund.

Investment Corporation of Dubai in respect of its acquisition of a number of key hotel and other assets.

United Al Saqer Group LLC, a prominent investment family office in the UAE, in the joint venture with two Algerian partners in Luxury Motor Works, a business operating the only BMW car dealership in Algeria.

A15, a leading tech investment fund, on its sale of a 76 percent stake in its United Arab Emirates-based fintech company TPAY Mobile FZ-LLC (TPAY) to Africa's leading private investment firm Helios Investment Partners.

The heirs of Abdul Latif Ibrahim Galadari in connection with their buyout of the remaining shareholders (the Investment Corporation of Dubai and the heirs of Abdul Rahim Ibrahim Galadari) in the Galadari Brothers group.

A private equity house and its co-investor on the acquisition of a luxury retail business in Latin America.*

Sovereign-backed, Shariah-compliant financial investor Fajr Capital on its cross-border acquisition of a controlling interest in Dubai-based Cravia Group (Cravia), the franchisee of various major food and beverage brands in the MENA region, including Five Guys, Cinnabon, Seattle's Best Coffee and Zaatar w Zeit.*

A regional private equity firm on the sale of its equity stake in Jordan Aircraft Maintenance (Joramco) to Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE).*

International Finance Corporation (the World Bank's private investment arm), IFC African, Latin American and Caribbean Fund (the World Bank's private equity division) and a regional private equity firm on the sale of a combined stake of Morocco-based Saham Finances, the largest insurance company in Africa outside South Africa, to South African-based insurance company Sanlam, the largest insurer in Africa.*

Public M&A

Tunisie Telecom (the fully-integrated telecom services operator in Tunisia, with leading market positions across all segments) as the final preferred bidder on the acquisition of GO plc (GO-Malta's first quadruple play operator and Malta's leading provider of telecommunications services).*

LSE-listed and Cinven-owned Partnership Assurance on its merger with Permira-owned Just Retirement.*

IPOs and pre-IPO reorganisations

Warburg Pincus-owned Poundland, the value retailer, on its IPO and premium listing on the London Stock Exchange.*

Cinven-owned Spire Healthcare on its dual track exit process and ultimate IPO on the London Stock Exchange.*

DMGT-owned Zoopla Property Group, the online property company, on its IPO and premium listing on the London Stock Exchange.*

* Prior to joining White & Case.

Awards and Recognition

Rising Star
Corporate M&A, Legal 500, UAE, 2020

'Ali Shaikley (partner) and Vasi Papadopoulos (associate) both are very hard working, always available and approachable as well as commercially minded.'
Corporate M&A, Legal 500, UAE, 2020