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PwC Legal Middle East
Emaar Square Building 4 Floor
8 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd
United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates > Employment

Natalie Jones has been instrumental in the growth of PwC Legal Middle East‘s employment practice in the UAE. Key areas of expertise includes pensions, health and safety and employee benefits. Natalie advises employers on the full range of employment law and has particular experience handling the employment-related aspects of cross-border corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Natalie Jones

Key clients


HealthBay Clinics

Nanostone Water

The Mauritius Commercial Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised a multinational investment bank on historic non-compliance with local pension requirements and significantly reduced financial liability.
  • Advised an international airline on the reduction of its headcount across the region.
  • Advised a multinational enterprise software company on the closure and de-registration of its UAE operations.

United Arab Emirates > Commercial, corporate and M&A

PwC Legal Middle East specialises in M&A and restructuring and advises clients in the retail, industrials, digital, financial services and energy sectors. Practice head Darren Harris is experienced handling cross-border transactions and his client base includes private equity houses, high-net-worth individuals and entrepreneurs. Alan Wood advises on M&A, joint ventures and general corporate advisory with a focus on the Saudi Arabia market.

Practice head(s):

Darren Harris

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Organic Foods & Café


Dear Systems

Al Futtaim

Rentokil plc

Public Investment Fund (PIF)



Al Seer (Spinneys Supermarket)

Aldar Properties

Work highlights

  • Advised Organic Foods & Cafe on the majority disposal of the group to a private equity buyer.
  • Advised Al Futtaim Group on the disposal of its retail sports business in the Middle East and Asia.
  • Advised Dear Systems on the sale of the business to US private equity business, Cin 7.

A new management team to deploy the “PwC Legal 2025” strategy: Catherine Baflast becomes managing partner as of October 1, 2021

At the end of her mandate at the head of PwC Legal, the time has come for Cindy Arces to hand over the reins to Catherine Baflast, who will become managing partner as of October 1, 2021. This succession and change in governance has been prepared for several months.