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Adela M. Mues

Of Counsel
Fax +971.4.447.5225

Adela Mues is of counsel in the Dubai office and a member of the Corporate group. She has extensive experience working on broad transactional and regulatory matters focusing on private equity, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, joint ventures, regulatory, funds, finance, capital markets, insurance, employment, commercial agreements, and general corporate matters.

Ms. Mues has worked extensively across the Middle East and the United Kingdom. She has been based in the Middle East for over five years.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Mues worked for an international law firm based in their London office before relocating to their Dubai office.

  • Solicitor, England and Wales
  • Member of the Romanian Bar Union and the Bucharest Bar Association (currently registered as non practising lawyer)

Corporate finance - private equity, funds, regulatory, finance
  • Advised a group of high profile UAE investors on an investment in a US based private equity fund and a bolt-on acquisition of a large F&B franchise business.
  • Advised a VC investor in relation to an investment into a franchised VC accelerator business by a private equity investor.
  • Advised a large GCC retail group in connection with the private equity aspects of a mezzanine loan facility made available to it by the private equity arm of a major local bank.
  • Advised the shareholders of a software solutions provider to the oil and gas industry on corporate matters relating to the exit of a private equity investor.
  • Advised an Indian private equity investor in relation to a private equity shareholders’ agreement.
  • Advised an investment company in connection with several private equity-type investments in Dubai-based businesses, which involved taking of a multi-jurisdictional security package by the investor.
  • Advised an international private equity house on various corporate and regulatory matters relating to the establishment and DFSA authorization of a private equity fund in the DIFC.
  • Advised a local business incubator business on the establishment of a US$100 million venture capital investment fund in the Cayman Islands as well as on various related investment matters.
  • Advised an international insurance business on various regulatory and corporate matters in connection with the incorporation and authorization by the DFSA of a subsidiary, as well as the transfer of the business of an existing branch to the newly formed subsidiary.
  • Advised a German state-owned bank on UAE law matters relating to certain secured loan facilities made available to a local shipping company and various amendments and supplements thereto.
  • Advised a large international bank in relation to UAE law aspects of certain security obtained from a UAE based obligor.
M&A, corporate restructuring, joint ventures, capital markets
  • Advised certain local companies on various corporate matters including various M&A matters and various commercial contracts.
  • Advised the owner of a large UAE air courier business on the proposed disposal to a potential UK buyer.
  • Advised a large UAE private equity house in relation to a proposed acquisition of a large F&B franchise business based in Saudi Arabia and UAE.
  • Advised a local company on corporate matters pertaining to a corporate restructuring and potential disposal of part of a business.
  • Advised the holding company of an international fruit trading group on corporate restructuring matters, including the change of its UAE management and ensuing corporate disputes and corporate aspects of employment disputes.
  • Advised a plant located in the Hamriyah Free Zone on various matters relating to the joint venture arrangement between its shareholders, as well as other various corporate matters such as management changes, corporate approvals of financing transactions.
  • Advised a local group of companies in connection with various corporate and commercial matters in the UAE.
  • Advised a leading UAE construction chemicals company in relation to various cross-border joint ventures in the construction chemicals sector.
  • Advised a local telecommunications company on a proposed joint venture with a large number of mobile telecommunications providers in the MENA region.
  • Advised a Kuwait investor on the entry into certain joint venture arrangements in the solar power sector.
  • Advised a DIFC-based investment company in relation to a corporate restructuring and migration from the DIFC to Luxembourg, as well as various corporate matters, winding up matters, and shareholder disputes.
Corporate, commercial, insurance, employment
  • Advised a US internet business in connection with the incorporation of a subsidiary within the Dubai Internet City, part of the Dubai TECOM freezone.
  • Advised a local company on the franchise agreement with an Italian high-end jewelry designer.
  • Advised a member of the Abu Dhabi royal family on various corporate, M&A, corporate restructuring, corporate dispute and joint venture related matters.
  • Advised a large local F&B franchise on the renegotiation of franchise arrangements and related matters.
  • Advised a large international business in relation to the establishment of a logistics entity in Dubai.
  • Advised a large international insurance business on various insurance and reinsurance matters in the UAE.
  • Advised a large Chinese telecommunication company on various UAE law aspects of establishing a point of presence in the UAE.