Associates and Counsel

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)

PUBLICATIONS

 

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

 

Kanan Kasuya

Associate, Dubai Office

Ms Kasuya joined Afridi & Angell in 2014. Her practice focuses on corporate and commercial matters, including: advising clients on the establishment, structuring and winding down of business in the UAE; and advising clients on the general corporate, commercial and other matters related to the conduct of business, financing, employment matters, real estate and regulatory compliance. Ms K

Ms Kasuya joined Afridi & Angell in 2014. Her practice focuses on corporate and commercial matters, including:

  • advising clients on the establishment, structuring and winding down of business in the UAE; and
  • advising clients on the general corporate, commercial and other matters related to the conduct of business, financing, employment matters, real estate and regulatory compliance.

Ms Kasuya interned at Afridi & Angell prior to joining the firm in 2014. Prior to that, she has interned at legal clinics of University of Montreal and McGill University in Montreal, Canada and at a reputable law firm in Cairo, Egypt.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Corporate and Commercial

QUALIFICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS

  • Quebec Bar Association

EDUCATION

  • LLB, University of Montreal, 2012
  • BA (with distinction), McGill University, 2009

LANGUAGES

  • English
  • Arabic
  • French
  • Japanese

PUBLICATIONS

 

Saurbh Kothari

Senior Associate, Dubai Office

Mr Kothari joined the firm in 2008. He advises both local and international clients on corporate and commercial, mergers and acquisitions and aviation finance matters.  Mr Kothari has been involved in: advising on all aspects of the purchase or sale of businesses, including due diligence, structuring of the transaction, negotiation and documentation of the deal; preparing a broad rang

Mr Kothari joined the firm in 2008. He advises both local and international clients on corporate and commercial, mergers and acquisitions and aviation finance matters. 

Mr Kothari has been involved in:

  • advising on all aspects of the purchase or sale of businesses, including due diligence, structuring of the transaction, negotiation and documentation of the deal;
  • preparing a broad range of commercial agreements;
  • advising on the establishment of businesses in the UAE and thereafter assisting such businesses on a regular basis; and
  • acting as the UAE counsel for sale and refinancing of aircrafts.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Banking and Financial Services

QUALIFICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS

  • Bar Council of Rajasthan

EDUCATION

  • BBA LLB (Corporate Honors), National Law University, Jodhpur, India, 2008

LANGUAGES

  • English
  • Hindi

PUBLICATIONS