Associates and Counsel

Ronnie Dabbasi

Senior Associate, Dubai Office

Mr Dabbasi joined the firm in 2011. His practice consists of corporate, commercial, and finance matters, particularly in the technology, energy, healthcare, and education sectors. He has experience with a broad range of cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions, and advises buyers and sellers on the due diligence and disclosure process, deal structuring, and drafting of transaction docume

Mr Dabbasi joined the firm in 2011. His practice consists of corporate, commercial, and finance matters, particularly in the technology, energy, healthcare, and education sectors. He has experience with a broad range of cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions, and advises buyers and sellers on the due diligence and disclosure process, deal structuring, and drafting of transaction documents related to the purchase and sale of full and partial legal and beneficial interests in the UAE and abroad. He advises on project finance deals and formation, marketing and management of local and foreign funds, as well as on a broad range of private equity transactions, early and growth stage venture capital financings, and convertible debt and mezzanine financings. Mr Dabbasi is also a lead associate for the firm’s hospitality practice, and he regularly represents hotel and restaurant owners and operators.

Prior to joining Afridi & Angell, Mr Dabbasi was an associate with another law firm in Dubai and with a global law firm in New York.

His notable transaction experience includes:

  • Advising shareholders regarding the US$75 million sale of three schools in Sharjah to an international operator and the expansion and lease of the underlying properties valued at around US$200 million.
  • Advised owners of Reem Al Bawadi regarding the US$85 million share sale to Marka Hospitality.
  • Advising owners and operators regarding the development and management of several three, four, and five star hotels across the UAE and wider GCC.
  • Advised Al Tayyar Group regarding its equity and convertible debt investment in Careem.com valued at over US$200 million.
  • Advising venture capital firms, fund managers, incubators, crowd funding platforms, research and technology parks, and entrepreneurs regarding venture capital financing in the MENA region and abroad.
  • Advised a private equity fund regarding US$250 million debt and equity financing for its oil and gas, coal mining, wind power, and electric power infrastructure projects.
  • Advised a public sector energy provider in its acquisition of power plants and infrastructure equipment valued at US$350 million.
  • Advising an oil and gas conglomerate in connection with registration, licensing, and import/export issues regarding its Middle East petroleum drilling operations.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Venture Capital
  • Funds
  • Hospitality

QUALIFICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS

  • State Bar of New York
  • State Bar of Texas

EDUCATION

  • JD, University of Texas School of Law, 2007
  • BBA, University of Texas, 2004

LANGUAGES

  • English

PUBLICATIONS

 

Rahat Dar

Senior Associate, Dubai Office

Mr Dar joined Afridi & Angell in 2011. His practice includes banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters. He has advised companies and financial institutions on a range of financing transactions, including conventional and Islamic finance. He has extensive experience of working with bank Shari’a and Fatwa supervisory boards, and independent Shari&rsq

Mr Dar joined Afridi & Angell in 2011. His practice includes banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters. He has advised companies and financial institutions on a range of financing transactions, including conventional and Islamic finance. He has extensive experience of working with bank Shari’a and Fatwa supervisory boards, and independent Shari’a scholars, in structuring a variety of Islamic financing transactions (including Istisna’a, Ijara, Murabaha, Musharaka and Mudaraba). Mr Dar has also advised local and overseas companies on a range of corporate and capital markets transactions including cross-border acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures, distribution and IPOs.

Prior to joining Afridi & Angell, Mr Dar worked as a corporate associate in the London offices of Hogan Lovells and Dorsey & Whitney, where he advised on a wide range of international mergers and acquisitions, IPOs and secondary offerings in the US and the UK (AIM and the Official List).

His notable transactions include:

Banking and Finance

  • Advised the Government of Sharjah on a KWD30 million term loan facility.
  • Advised Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank on the restructuring of its AED1.1 billion term loan facility to a local property developer.
  • Advised the Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority on a US$350 million syndicated facility, US$250 million dual-tranche facilities (Term Loan and Master Murabaha), and the restructuring of US$150 million Islamic facilities.
  • Advised Malabar Gold and Diamonds on an AED300 million multicurrency term loan facility.
  • Advised a syndicate of Islamic banks on AED290 million dual-tranche facilities (Term Loan and Master Istisna’a / Master Ijara), to finance the building of a new hospital and medical university.
  • Advised a syndicate of banks on the restructuring of AED295 million dual-tranche facilities (Term Loan and Ijara) to three UAE companies.
  • Advised Ajman Bank on the restructuring of its AED75 million Islamic tranche facility (part of a Term Loan and Master Sukuk Murabaha dual-tranche facility) to a European company.
  • Advised a syndicate of banks  (including an Islamic bank) on AED254 million dual-tranche facilities (Term Loan and Master Sukuk Murabaha) to finance the construction of a hotel in Dubai.
  • Advised a syndicate of banks on a US$75 million and an AED55 million dual-tranche facilities (Term Loan and Master Sukuk Murabaha) to finance the construction of a PTP plant in Belgium. 
  • Advised a syndicate of banks on an AED150 million term loan and an AED195 million revolving working capital facility to Dubai Wire FZE and Global Fasteners Limited.
  • Advised various banks including Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Emirates NBD, Noor Islamic Bank, Al Hilal Bank and National Bank of Fujairah on ship financing transactions. 

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Advised a BVI company on the proposed sale of its coal mining operations in Indonesia to the investment arm of the government of Ras Al Khaimah, for a combined consideration of US$150 million. 
  • Advised Allied Healthcare International Inc. on its US$73 million acquisition of Southern Cross Healthcare Group and its US$18 million acquisition of Midland Healthcare Limited.
  • Advised CintiTech AG on its GBP30.5 million acquisition of Thermopol International Limited (a high-performance silicon producer with operations in the UK, USA, Norway and Korea).

Capital Markets

  • Advised the Damac Group on its US$1.2 billion IPO of global depositary receipts on the main market of the London Stock Exchange.
  • Advised the Damac Group on its IPO on the Dubai Financial Market.
  • Advised Indian property developer Ishaan Real Estate plc on its GBP207 million IPO on AIM.
  • Advised mining company Noventa Limited on its GBP8 million IPO on AIM.
  • Advised the Local Radio Company plc and Taylor Nelson Soferes plc on their "cashbox placing", raising an aggregate of GBP14.8 million.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Islamic Finance
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Capital Markets
  • Infrastructure and Project Finance
  • Corporate and Commercial

QUALIFICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS

  • Law Society of England and Wales

EDUCATION

  • MA in Law (Banking and Capital Markets), University of Westminster, 2003
  • LLB, University of Leicester, 2001

LANGUAGES

  • English
  • Urdu
  • Punjabi

PUBLICATIONS  

 

Zeina Al Oraibi El Zein

Associate, Abu Dhabi Office

Ms El Zein joined Afridi & Angell in 2008. Her practice is focused primarily on corporate and commercial matters. She has been involved in: advising on the establishment of businesses in the UAE, preparing documentation related thereto, and later assisting such businesses on a regular basis; negotiating with private and government counterparties on behalf of clients; advising on the

Ms El Zein joined Afridi & Angell in 2008. Her practice is focused primarily on corporate and commercial matters. She has been involved in:

  • advising on the establishment of businesses in the UAE, preparing documentation related thereto, and later assisting such businesses on a regular basis;
  • negotiating with private and government counterparties on behalf of clients;
  • advising on the purchase and sale of business, including conducting due diligence, structuring and negotiating the transaction;
  • preparing a broad range of commercial agreements, including national agency agreements, partnership agreements, and transfer of business agreements; and
  • acting for a client in changing the company's legal form from a public joint stock to a private joint stock company.    

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Corporate and Commercial

QUALIFICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS

  • Beirut Bar Association

EDUCATION

  • Post Graduate Diploma in International & Diplomatic Affairs, Beirut Arab University, 2007
  • LLB, Faculty of Law & Political Sciences, Lebanese University, 2005

LANGUAGES

  • English
  • Arabic
  • French (basic)

 

Nazim Hashim

Associate, Dubai Office

Mr Hashim has substantial experience in all aspects of civil and criminal litigation from case intake through to final disposition at trial. He handles a heavy caseload at a busy litigation practice, which includes conducting research and drafting memoranda used to support court pleadings.   Prior to joining Afridi & Angell in 2011, Mr Hashim was an associate at a law fir

Mr Hashim has substantial experience in all aspects of civil and criminal litigation from case intake through to final disposition at trial. He handles a heavy caseload at a busy litigation practice, which includes conducting research and drafting memoranda used to support court pleadings.  

Prior to joining Afridi & Angell in 2011, Mr Hashim was an associate at a law firm in Khartoum. He had rights of audience before all Sudanese courts. Mr Hashim was also a teaching assistant in the faculty of law, University of Khartoum.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Dispute Resolution

QUALIFICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS

  • Sudanese Bar Association

EDUCATION

  • LLB, University of Khartoum, Sudan, 2005

LANGUAGES

  • English
  • Arabic

PUBLICATIONS

 

Afraz Hussain

Associate, Dubai Office

Mr Hussain practices corporate and commercial law and has a wealth of knowledge in the areas of private equity, mergers & acquisitions and employment. He has advised on structuring of onshore and offshore investments, entry-level strategies, and has advised various private equity funds in domestic and cross-border transactions in connection with acquisitions, divestitures and management of rig

Mr Hussain practices corporate and commercial law and has a wealth of knowledge in the areas of private equity, mergers & acquisitions and employment. He has advised on structuring of onshore and offshore investments, entry-level strategies, and has advised various private equity funds in domestic and cross-border transactions in connection with acquisitions, divestitures and management of rights.

Mr Hussain joined Afridi & Angell in 2016. Prior to joining the firm, he was an associate at a leading firm in Mumbai, India.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Employment

QUALIFICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS

  • Bar Council of India
  • Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa

EDUCATION

  •  B.L.S.LL.B., Government Law College, Mumbai, India, 2012 

LANGUAGES

  • English
  • Urdu
  • Hindi
  • Gujarati

PUBLICATIONS