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Mona B. Lemp

Senior Associate
Fax +971.4.427.5225
Mona is a senior associate in the Dubai corporate practice, focusing on corporate acquisitions and disposals, M&A, corporate structuring, joint ventures, investment funds and general UAE corporate and commercial/regulatory advice.

Professional Background

Before joining K&L Gates in 2014, Ms. Lemp trained in the London office of another international firm and then practised in the UAE for two and a half years where she gained experience in a variety of corporate and commercial matters.

Speaking Engagements

  • The MENA Asset Management and Trading Summit, “REITs in the Gulf”, November 2018
  • Hawkamah Power Breakfast, “MENA REITs”, October 2018
  • Advising on a spin off and restructuring of an international group in connection with an anticipated IPO on Nasdaq Dubai.
  • Advising a family-owned investment group on the restructuring of its real estate business into a qualified investment fund (QIF).
  • Advising on a West African mining transaction and joint venture.
  • Advising on the complex re-domiciliation of open-ended Jersey investment vehicle to closed-ended Dubai investment vehicle for Emirates NBD Asset Management and associated IPO on Nasdaq Dubai and US$105 million fundraising.
  • Advising a MENA-based fund manager on the admission of a MENA exchange traded fund (ETF) to Nasdaq Dubai.
  • Advising the Aga Khan Foundation for Economic Development on its acquisition of a 60% stake in Tcell, a Tajik telecommunications operator.
  • Representing Oman Investment Fund in its acquisition of a 40% stake in Società Italiana Gomma Industriale Torino S.p.A., an Italian industrial group engaged in the manufacture of components for the automobile and other industries with manufacturing facilities in Italy, Morocco, Poland, Russia and Serbia.
  • Advising a Dubai-based soft play business seller in the sale of a 60% stake in, Cheeky Monkeys Playland & Sweet Surprises, to Marka PJSC, a UAE-based retail and hospitality company listed on the Dubai Financial Market.
  • Advising Red Sea Housing, a Saudi owned housing group, on a cross border acquisition of a Malaysian based manufacturer of pre-fabricated housing.
  • Advising a Qatari Government entity on the acquisition of a strategic asset in the Sultanate of Oman.
  • Working on an IPO of Emirates REIT, a UAE real estate investment trust on Nasdaq Dubai. First UAE IPO in 5 years, raising US$201 million. First ever IPO of a DFSA regulated and Shari’a compliant DIFC Fund (UAE).
  • Advising an Islamic bank on the incorporation of a real estate fund in the DIFC.
  • Advising an American oilfield supply company on its acquisition of a Dubai distribution business.
  • Advising a sovereign wealth fund on a proposed US$1.5 billion banking and financial services acquisition.
  • Advising QInvest on the acquisition by way of joint venture of a 60% stake in the investment banking, asset management and brokerage business of EFG Hermes.
  • Advising Gucci on the US$40 million acquisition of a stake in its Gulf business through a joint venture with Al Tayer Group.
  • Advising Yves Saint Laurent on the acquisition of a stake in its Gulf business through a joint venture with Al Tayer Group.
  • Acting for Tufton Oceanic on the APICORP Petroleum Shipping Fund.
  • Assisting in the acquisition of the assets and business of a Saudi based steel mill and establishment of a joint venture acquisition company in Saudi Arabia.
  • Advising Benghazi Medical Centre on a pro bono basis on a landmark agreement with the Massachusetts General Hospital.
  • Advising Honeywell on various employment related matters concerning its UAE operations.
  • Assisting several American pharmaceutical companies with distribution agreements and UAE medical and pharmacological regulation.
  • Advising a banking group in connection with restructuring in the UAE.
  • Structuring and implementing two UAE-based corporate joint ventures for a French exhibition management company.
  • Advising a cosmetics company in relation to regulations in the UAE.