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White & Case LLP
Level 6, Burj Daman, Al Mustaqbal Street, Dubai International Financial Centre
PO Box 9705, Dubai
United Arab Emirates




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United Arab Emirates > Capital markets

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Debashis DeyWhite & Case LLP

White & Case LLP has a full-service practice that includes specialists that have ‘fantastic‘ sector knowledge. The firm’s debt capital markets offering covers Islamic finance, project bonds, securitisation, green and sustainable bonds. Debashis Dey has an ‘encyclopaedic‘ knowledge of shariah-compliant structures and is ‘excellent in the sukuk space‘. Ali Shaikley has advised on a number of high-value equity capital markets transactions and has been particularly active in the SPAC space. Sami Al-Louzi specialises in ECM transactions in Saudi Arabia and Abdulwahid Alulama is the team’s UAE regulatory specialist. Claudio Medeossi and Xuan Jin are also noted.

Saudi Arabia > Capital markets

The Law Office of Megren M. Al-Shaalan in cooperation with White & Case’s capital market practice has strength in the full range of bonds work, particularly, sukuk and conveniently bonds matters. Practice head Megren Al-Shaalan leads the group which has seen an increase in equity and debt capital markets transactions and IPOs. Key contacts in Dubai remain Sami Al-Louzi and Debashis Dey; the duo lead on high-end IPOs. The group is able to leverage its global footprint to handle large-cross-border deals across London and New York.

London > Finance > Derivatives and structured products

White & Case LLP has ‘excellent technical expertise and is very responsive and efficient‘. The firm works on derivatives for both investment and hedging purposes, covering all asset classes, and is highly regarded for synthetic securitisation and Islamic derivatives. Practice head Ingrid York is ‘the best at structured products and complex derivatives‘, according to one client, and another notes that she has ‘great commercial awareness and market insight‘. Anthony Colegrave, who joined from Allen & Overy LLP in 2022 and is is dual-qualified in England & Wales and South Africa, focuses primarily on equity derivatives and hedging solutions, and frequently handles South African financial regulatory work including exchange control, derivatives and securities lending. Counsel Nathaniel Crowley is ‘a good technical lawyer with a practical and commercial approach‘. Crowley and ‘very responsive and organised‘ associate Phillan Amin worked with York to assist The Ministry of Finance of Montenegro with a suite of ISDA Master Agreements entered into with a select group of international banks in connection with FX and Interest rate derivative transactions. Debashis Dey advises banks, corporates and governments on structured finance.

London > Finance > Islamic finance

Benefitting from a ‘depth of experience and knowledge in Islamic finance’ gained from its London, Middle East and Asia offices, White & Case LLP is a ‘trusted partner’ for a varied client base including lenders, corporates, funds and sovereign governments engaged in complex multi-jurisdictional transactions. Splitting his time between London and Dubai, Debashis Dey is global head of the practice and ‘provides a lot of helpful technical and market practice advice’, particularly in the context of Sharia-compliant capital markets transactions for both issuers and underwriters. Ingrid York is also an integral member of the team, who as part of her overarching structured finance and derivatives experience regularly handles Sharia-compliant work for banks, sponsors and corporates requiring trading and hedging documentation.

London > Finance > Securitisation

White & Case LLP is ‘one of the best law firms in the field‘, according to one client, while another notes that the lawyers are ‘very focused, with legal and technical knowledge, and very business-oriented’. The firm has a long track record in innovative securitisations across many asset classes on behalf of banks, sponsors, issuers, investors and service providers. Its work spans CLOs, RMBS, covered bonds, CMBS, whole business deals and transactions backed by fleets, auto loans, receivables, inventory and esoteric assets. Practice head Chris McGarry is ‘a top expert in the market and always provides valuable advice‘. He advised Credit Suisse as arranger on the reset of Dryden Euro CLO 79 for PGIM, which included ESG-negative screening provisions. Debashis Dey, who works from both London and Dubai, focuses on advising funds on private securitisation transactions. Up-and-coming partner Tom Falkus ‘deserves a special mention as a go-to expert on English law-related securitisation matters‘. He advised TIER Mobility, Europe’s leading shared micro-mobility provider, on its asset-backed financing from Goldman Sachs.