Partners

Stuart Walker

Partner, Dubai Office

Mr Walker's primary practice includes financial services regulation, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and employment matters. He leads the field in advising parties during Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) investigations and, where necessary, negotiating settlements on their behalf.  Mr Walker was instructed by the first authorised firm to be fined by the DFSA

Mr Walker's primary practice includes financial services regulation, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and employment matters. He leads the field in advising parties during Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) investigations and, where necessary, negotiating settlements on their behalf.  Mr Walker was instructed by the first authorised firm to be fined by the DFSA and has since gone on to advise in connection with a significant number of DFSA investigations.

Mr Walker is a regular contributor to Euromoney’s Global Banking & Financial Policy Review. He is the co-author of the UAE chapter, Financial Services Regulation in the Middle East, Oxford University Press (2008). He has contributed articles to various publications including the International Financial Law Reviews and Lawyer Monthly. 

Mr Walker joined Afridi & Angell in 2003 and became a partner in 2008. Prior to joining the firm Mr Walker was a solicitor in the banking department of Lovells in London. He lived and worked in London, Hong Kong, New York and Dubai. Prior to qualifying as a lawyer, he wrote for and edited various trade journals and other publications. 

‘Stuart Walker is noted for his regulatory knowledge and experience.’   One client remarked: ‘We are really impressed. He is very practical – he expresses himself clearly and explains things to us so we can understand them.’ -  Chambers Global 2013

‘Stuart Walker has emerged as the leading name for regulatory advice in the U.A.E.  He knows the market, is experienced dealing with the regulators and is always very well informed.’ – Chambers Global 2011

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Dubai International Financial Centre Laws
  • Banking and Financial Services in the UAE and DIFC
  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate Governance and Regulatory Compliance
  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Employment

QUALIFICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS

  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • Financial Services Lawyers Association

EDUCATION

  • Legal Practice Course, College of Law, London, 1999
  • Common Professional Examination, University of Hong Kong, 1997
  • BA (Hons), Sociology and Economics, University of York, 1993

LANGUAGES

  • English

PUBLICATIONS

 

James Bowden

Partner, Dubai Office

Mr Bowden is a transactional and corporate/commercial lawyer with in-depth experience in the UAE. Prior to joining Afridi & Angell, Mr Bowden gained in-depth technology outsourcing experience while working as in-house counsel with one of Canada's leading technology companies. He is well regarded by clients for his pragmatic approach and commercial awareness, and for his exceptional servi

Mr Bowden is a transactional and corporate/commercial lawyer with in-depth experience in the UAE. Prior to joining Afridi & Angell, Mr Bowden gained in-depth technology outsourcing experience while working as in-house counsel with one of Canada's leading technology companies. He is well regarded by clients for his pragmatic approach and commercial awareness, and for his exceptional service oriented attitude. Mr Bowden represents clients of all sizes and across many industries including prominent UAE business groups, UAE and foreign government bodies, public and private UAE and foreign multi-nationals, and local companies of all sizes and across many industries. He is the trusted advisor to many prominent members of the UAE business landscape.

Mr Bowden's broad areas of expertise are:

  • acquisition and divestment of companies;
  • franchise, agency and distribution arrangements in the UAE;
  • UAE business structures;
  • UAE employment matters, contentious and non-contentious;
  • anti-bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering, competition law and other UAE compliance matters; and
  • data security and protection, outsourcing and cloud computing, privacy and risk management.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications
  • Franchising and Licensing
  • Employment

QUALIFICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS

  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Upper Canada

EDUCATION

  • LLB, Queen's University, Canada, 2004
  • BBA, Siam University, Thailand, 2001

LANGUAGES

  • English

PUBLICATIONS

 

Chatura Randeniya

Partner, Dubai Office

Mr Randeniya's practice focuses primarily on dispute resolution. He advises and represents clients in arbitration, and has represented clients in DIAC, ADCCAC, ICC, and ad hoc arbitrations. He also works with local advocates on matters before the UAE Federal Courts, including the Federal Supreme Court in matters of national security, as well as the Courts of Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah.

Mr Randeniya's practice focuses primarily on dispute resolution. He advises and represents clients in arbitration, and has represented clients in DIAC, ADCCAC, ICC, and ad hoc arbitrations. He also works with local advocates on matters before the UAE Federal Courts, including the Federal Supreme Court in matters of national security, as well as the Courts of Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah.

Mr Randeniya regularly acts for clients in high value construction disputes. He also advises on maritime and shipping disputes, banking disputes, employment disputes, as well as disputes relating to commercial transactions. Some of his recent matters include acting for a major UAE bank in a commercial claim in excess of AED250 million, acting for employers in several construction disputes each involving claims in excess of AED100 million, and successfully representing a client in a claim of approximately USD5 million involving international air cargo freight.

Prior to joining Afridi & Angell in 2008, Mr Randeniya was in the private bar of Sri Lanka practicing in the Law Chambers of Dr Harsha Cabral, President’s Counsel.  He was also a visiting lecturer in law at the Faculties of Law and Management at the University of Colombo.

Chatura is ranked as “Up and Coming” in Chambers Global and as “Next Generation Partner” in Legal 500 EMEA, for dispute resolution. Clients’ comments include: "good attention to detail" and “practical in his advice and attentive to new laws and legal angles."

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Litigation and ADR
  • Construction
  • Shipping, Maritime and Transport
  • Dispute Resolution

QUALIFICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS

  • Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, called to the Bar in 2006

EDUCATION

  • LLM, Harvard Law School, William H. Fulbright Scholar, 2007
  • LLB (Honours) University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2004

LANGUAGES

  • English

PUBLICATIONS

 

Danielle Lobo

Partner, Dubai Office

Ms Lobo is a corporate/commercial lawyer with considerable experience in a wide range of corporate matters including private equity transactions, acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, restructurings and reorganisations. She has been involved in transactions of every size and scope in various industry sectors including financial services, hospitality, food and beverage, manufacturing, energy

Ms Lobo is a corporate/commercial lawyer with considerable experience in a wide range of corporate matters including private equity transactions, acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, restructurings and reorganisations. She has been involved in transactions of every size and scope in various industry sectors including financial services, hospitality, food and beverage, manufacturing, energy and technology.  

Ms Lobo joined Afridi & Angell in 2010. Prior to joining the firm, she trained at and was a solicitor with a global firm in Scotland. 

Ms Lobo has been ranked as “Next Generation Partner” for commercial, corporate and M&A, in Legal 500 EMEA.

Her notable transactional experience includes:

UK experience

  • acting for an American based packaging solutions group with revenue of over US$6.6 billion on its global reorganisation and capital reduction programme involving multiple foreign jurisdictions;
  • acting for the vendors on the US$275 million disposal of MTEM Limited to Petroleum Geo-Services AS which was later shortlisted for "UK Deal of the Year" at the European Venture Capital Awards;
  • advising Moody’s Corporation on its European group reorganisation and debt restructuring;
  • acting for Poyry Energy AG on the cross border acquisition of IGL Consultants Limited; and
  • acting for the Capita Group on numerous business sales.

UAE experience

  • acting as lead counsel for Al Kabeer Group on the sale of a 51 per cent interest in the group to Savola Group (Al Kabeer Group is involved in the procurement, manufacturing, processing and distribution of processed frozen food in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Sultanate of Oman and Kingdom of Bahrain);
  • acting on behalf of the vendors in the disposal of the Fitness First clubs in the UAE, Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Qatar to the Landmark Group;
  • acting for Country Hill International LLC (meat suppliers to the wholesale industry, the food service and retail market segments) on its acquisition of La Maison Nordique Foodstuff Trading LLC;
  • advising a fund, which is primarily focused on making direct investments in the food and agribusiness sectors in the GCC and Japan, on its acquisition of an 87.5 per cent interest in a Dubai-based meat processing and frozen foods company;
  • acting on behalf of management in relation to the sale of an interest in a Jebel Ali Free Zone company to a leading IT and software development company;
  • advising Dubai Investment Industries on the sale of its 100 per cent stake in Marmum Dairy Farm and its distribution unit United Sales Partners LLC;
  • acting as local counsel in relation to the transfer of the business and assets of the Philips television division involving 26 jurisdictions into a joint venture group to be operated by Philips and TPV;
  • acting for CER in relation to the disposal of a 20.1% interest in a project company in Pakistan which operates a 551 MW combine cycle gas turbine; and
  • acting for Dubai Investments Industries on a joint venture with Dach Advisory Group to operate the Dubai campus of Modul University, Vienna.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Equity

QUALIFICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS

  • Law Society of Scotland

EDUCATION

  • LLB (Hons), University of Aberdeen, Scotland, 2004

LANGUAGES

  • English

PUBLICATIONS