Partners

Gregory J Mayew

Partner, Abu Dhabi Office

Mr Mayew joined Afridi & Angell in 2003 and became a partner in 2007.  His practice covers a wide range of areas including  general corporate law, corporate finance, securities law, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory law, corporate governance and compliance, and doing business in the UAE and the Middle East. Some of Mr Mayew's work includes: a

Mr Mayew joined Afridi & Angell in 2003 and became a partner in 2007.  His practice covers a wide range of areas including  general corporate law, corporate finance, securities law, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory law, corporate governance and compliance, and doing business in the UAE and the Middle East.

Some of Mr Mayew's work includes:

  • advising foreign and local companies on setting up joint ventures in Abu Dhabi and the UAE;
  • providing general advice to UAE-based banks on lending, security, legal and regulatory issues;
  • advising various corporate clients regarding loan facilities from local banks;
  • providing legal opinions to local and international lenders on various aspects of project finance and capital market transactions;
  • representing lenders, borrowers, issuers and investment banks in corporate finance, structured finance and capital market transactions;
  • advising local and foreign parties on UAE securities law issues; and
  • advising clients on general corporate matters relating to the conduct of business in the region.  

Prior to joining the firm Mr Mayew was an associate with Dewey Ballantine in New York and London.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Infrastructure and Project Finance
  • Regulatory Compliance 
  • Capital Markets and Privatisation
  • Securities Law
  • Defense and Offsets
  • Banking and Financial Services

QUALIFICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS

  • New York State Bar

EDUCATION

  • JD, University of Minnesota, 1999
  • SM, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1993
  • BA, University of Denver, 1990

LANGUAGES

  • English
  • Arabic
  • French

PUBLICATIONS

 

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 EXPERTISE

  • 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 EXPERTISE

  • 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