Kayaan Unwalla joins Norton Rose Fulbright in Dubai

01 December 2020

Kayaan Unwalla joins Norton Rose Fulbright in Dubai

Norton Rose Fulbright has strengthened its corporate offering in the Middle East with the hire of new partner Kayaan Unwalla, who advises clients on matters including cross-border transactional M&A, joint ventures, government contracts, commercial agreements and regulatory advice within the technology, defence, security, and industrial sectors.

Unwalla joins from DWF, where he was partner and head of corporate (Middle East). He will join existing corporate partner Adjou Ait Ben Idir, who heads up Norton Rose Fulbright’s corporate/M&A practice in Dubai, and is recognized for her experience in advising on complex local and international mergers and acquisitions, privatizations, private placement and joint ventures in various sectors including energy, financial institutions (in particular insurance) and real estate. She also heads up the firm’s Cyber Response Team in the Middle East and has a wealth of experience in cybersecurity related crisis management and corporate governance matters.

“We welcome Kayaan to the team,” said Deirdre Walker, head of Middle East at Norton Rose Fulbright. “Recent changes to legislation and regulation across the UAE – including the overhaul of the foreign direct investment regime in the country – make going into business in the UAE much easier for international investors who were previously excluded from the region. This shift is likely to increase confidence in the business environment and we may consequently see an uptick in corporate and M&A activity in the region. As such, Kayaan, Adjou and their teams of associates are well-placed to advise clients that are looking to capitalize on new opportunities that have arisen.”

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