People

“Afridi delivers international quality advice on local law matters. The team meets deadlines and bring a commercial understanding to their work product. They are also responsive and personable in their dealings.” - Legal 500 EMEA

Areas of Expertise

  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Competition and Antitrust
  • Funds
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality and Leisure
  • Industrial and Manufacturing
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Client
  • Private Equity
  • Restructuring
  • Retail
  • Tax
  • Telecommunications, Media and Technology
  • Venture Capital

Qualifications

  • Professional
  • Law Society of Scotland
  • Languages
  • English
  • Academic
  • LL.B. (Hons.) with options in French Law, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, 2004
Notable Matters
  • 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
  • Acting for the Capita Group on numerous business sales
  • Acted as UAE counsel for Kathrein, a worldwide leader in professional antenna systems, in the sale of its antenna and filter products business to Ericsson. The transaction involved over 17 jurisdictions
  • Acted as lead counsel for Al Kabeer Group on the sale of a 51 per cent interest in the group to Savola Group
  • Advised Dubai Investment Industries on the sale of its 100% stake in Marmum Dairy Farm and its distribution unit United Sales Partners LLC
  • Advised Horizon Hospitality on the acquisition of Karam Café in Dubai consisting of 12 restaurants and one catering kitchen. Advised on all aspects of the acquisition including structuring, due diligence, transactional documents, and execution
  • 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 on its acquisition of La Maison Nordique Foodstuff Trading LLC
  • 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
  • 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
  • Acting for Dubai Investments Industries on a joint venture with Dach Advisory Group to operate the Dubai campus of Modul University, Vienna
Speaking Engagements
  • Speaker, Commercial Agency Agreements, webinar organised in collaboration with the Law Office of Mohanned S. Al-Rasheed in Association with Baker Botts L.L.P. (KSA) and Hassan Radhi (Bahrain) for the CPG Group of the Association of Corporate Counsel, 28 June 2020
  • Speaker, On-the-Ground with Lex Mundi: overview of issues facing businesses in the UAE and the measures the government is taking amid COVID-19, Lex Mundi Signpost Video Series, 12 May 2020
  • Panelist, Virtual chat with Afridi & Angell: answers to COVID-19 related questions on employment, risk management & disputes among others, webinar organised in collaboration with the Association of Corporate Counsel, 23 April 2020, Dubai
  • Speaker, Key M&A Trends and Challenges in the United Arab Emirates, In-House Congress 2019, Rosewood Abu Dhabi, 20 November 2019
  • Speaker, Overview of the UAE and DIFC Companies Law, workshop organised by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce, Dubai, 16 April 2019
  • Panelist, Women in Law: Women in In-House: a discussion regarding mentorship and meaningful careers, In-House Congress 2018, Rosewood Abu Dhabi, 21 November 2018
Awards and Testimonials

Danielle Lobo has been ranked as the Next Generation Partner for Commercial, Corporate and M&A

Chambers Global 2021 

 

‘Danielle Lobo is highly knowledgeable and responsive.’

Legal 500 2021 

 

“Danielle Lobo is always available to answer queries. They provide advice of the highest quality which is also commercial and practical in its application.”

Chambers Global 2020 

 

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

About

Danielle practices corporate and commercial law and has considerable experience in a wide range of corporate matters including acquisitions and disposals, investments, joint ventures, restructurings, and reorganisations.

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

 

Danielle has been ranked as “Next Generation Partner” for commercial, corporate and M&A, in Legal 500 EMEA. She has also been recognised as a “MENA Super 50 Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters’ Asian Legal Business.

 

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

 

  • Acted as UAE counsel for Kathrein, a worldwide leader in professional antenna systems, in the sale of its antenna and filter products business to Ericsson. The transaction involved over 17 jurisdictions;

 

  • acted as lead counsel for Al Kabeer Group on the sale of a 51 per cent interest in the group to Savola Group;

 

  • advised Dubai Investment Industries on the sale of its 100% stake in Marmum Dairy Farm and its distribution unit United Sales Partners LLC;

 

  • advised Horizon Hospitality on the acquisition of Karam Café in Dubai consisting of 12 restaurants and one catering kitchen. Advised on all aspects of the acquisition including structuring, due diligence, transactional documents, and execution;

 

  • 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 on its acquisition of La Maison Nordique Foodstuff Trading LLC;

 

  • 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;

 

  • 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.