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Simon Mabin

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Simon Mabin is a banking and finance partner in the firm’s Dubai office. He has worked on a wide range of conventional and Islamic financing transactions and has acted for lenders, private equity sponsors, trustees, issuers and corporate borrowers in relation to various domestic and cross-border acquisitions, projects, work-outs, restructurings, capital markets transactions and regulatory projects.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Simon worked for international law firms in Dubai and in London for a number of years.

Experience includes advising:

Acquisition Finance / Syndicated Lending
  • HSBC in connection with a secured US$170MM facility provided to Mannai Corporation for its acquisition of a stake in Axiom Telecom.
  • HSBC in connection with a secured US$160MM facility provided to Qatar Navigation for its acquisition of certain assets.
  • Credit Suisse on a structured US$50MM secured loan to a UAE based government related entity.
  • Qatar Investment Authority’s UK investment vehicle, Three Delta, in connection with its £1.4BN financing for its acquisition of the Four Seasons Healthcare Group.
  • Qatar Investment Authority’s UK investment vehicle, Three Delta, in connection with its £120MM financing for its acquisition of the Senad Special Schools Group.
  • A private company in connection with its financing and hotel management arrangements for its AED1.1BN acquisition of the Ritz Carlton DIFC.
  • A Singaporean bank on a US$100MM facility provided to a private DIFC company.
  • Basell Polyolefins (owned by Access Industries) in connection with its US$23BN financing for its public acquisition of Lyondell Chemical Company and subsequent debt restructuring.
  • Morgan Stanley and Calyon as joint lead arrangers in connection with a €9BN facility provided to Suez for its acquisition of Electrabel.
  • Fortress Investment Group on a €1.1BN facility arranged by Deutsche Bank to acquire a stake in GAGFAH.
  • Bank of Moscow on a €400MM refinancing package.
  • Private equity firm Doughty Hanson in connection with its €380MM financing for its acquisition of Norit Industries.
  • Private equity firm Brookline Partners on a US$100MM transaction to acquire a stake in a listed company.
  • ABN AMRO on an $85 million bridge facility in connection with Rural Portfolio Investments Limited’s public takeover of Wrightson Limited.

Islamic Finance
  • QInvest on its financing arrangements for its proposed public acquisition of EFG Hermes.
  • A consortium of Qatari and UAE Islamic and conventional banks on a US$90 million multi currency hybrid conventional and murabaha financing relating to the expansion and development of a GCC based airport free zone.
  • Deutsche Bank as delegate for the AED20BN Anka’a Sukuk Programme and AED8BN issuance in connection with the Dubai World restructuring.
  • Commercial Bank of Qatar in connection with a QAR1BN Murabaha facility provided to Barwa Real Estate Company.
  • Nomura (as obligor) on a US$70MM murabaha facility provided by a club of regional banks.
  • A REIT on a AED330MM Ijarah facility for the acquisition of commercial real estate in TECOM.
  • A REIT on a AED100MM Ijarah facility provided for the acquisition of commercial real estate in the UAE.
  • Deutsche Bank as Delegate on the issuance of sukuk certificates by an SPV controlled by Qatar Islamic Bank.
  • Deutsche Bank as Delegate / Security Agent in connection with the issuance of sukuk certificates by a private issuer and related security arrangements.
  • Certain European banks on Shariah compliant structured deposit transactions involving structures such as Wakala, Mudarabah and Murabaha.

Project Finance
  • A consortium lead by Autostrade on the financing aspects of a US$2.7BN bid to design, build and operate a highway to connect Abu Dhabi to Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
  • International Bank of Qatar and Union National Bank on a US$250MM subordinated loan to Qatar Steel for the design, construction, commissioning and completion of a new steel melt shop.
  • China Development Bank Corporation on a US$214,000,000 facility provided to the Republic of Sri Lanka in connection with a project to build a hydroelectric power station.
  • ANZ National Bank on the financing of a $52MM project to construct a new port berth at an oil refinery plant.

TMT Finance
  • du in connection with a US$272MM term loan facility provided by Nordea Bank and with ECA backing from Finnvera.
  • du in connection with a US$200MM term loan facility provided by KfW Ipex Bank with ECA backing from Euler Hermes.
  • du in connection with a US$170MM bridge facility provided by Huawei with ECA backing from Sinosure.
  • A Telecoms operator on a proposed US$255MM facility from the Export-Import Bank of China with ECA backing from Sinosure.
  • Roshan (owned by AKFED, Teliasonera and Monaco Telecom) on a US$65MM facility provided by IFC to finance the acquisition of a 3G License and certain capex.
  • Standard Bank on a facility provided to Friendi with security provided in several jurisdictions across the Middle East.
  • Kabel Deutschland GmbH (owned by Providence Equity Partners) on a €1.35BN facility arranged by Royal Bank of Scotland.
  • TV3 Russia on a US$40 secured financing provided by IFC.

Debt Capital Markets / Structured Finance
  • JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and Société Générale on AED20BN of secured structured deposit-linked notes issuances, from both a conventional and an Islamic finance perspective.
  • Private equity firm Castle Harlan on the issuance of £65MM of PIK notes by one of its portfolio companies.
  • Deutsche Bank in connection with the issuance by Baghlan Group of US$150MM 2015 Notes.

  • The UAE Department of Economic Development on how to reform UAE federal laws relating to certain financing matters.
  • Leading international banks, hedge funds, investment managers and asset managers on the full range of onshore and offshore regulatory issues; including corporate set-up options; derivatives and securities trading issues; licensing issues; sovereign immunity issues; dispute resolution options.
  • Certain banks on the applicability of various sanctions.
  • HSBC in connection with the secondary sale of debt capital markets instruments into various GCC jurisdictions. 
  • Certain local banks in connection with proposed secured margin lending structures across the GCC.
  • Certain banks on the entry into of derivatives transactions in the UAE, including the enforceability of close out netting provisions and sovereign immunity issues.

  • Deutsche Bank as Intercreditor Agent and Security Agent acting on behalf of the conventional and Islamic syndicated and bilateral banks in relation to the restructuring of Gulf General Investment Company (“Restructuring Deal of the Year” 2012 The Brief).
  • A confidential client on a AED300MM debt restructuring.
  • Lehman Brothers on their global restructuring, recapitalisation and £1BN refinancing of the Meridien hotel group (“Restructuring Deal of the Year” 2005).

Corporate M&A
  • The Administrative Agent and Cash Confirmation Provider in connection with the US$445MM public acquisition of shares in Damas listed on NASDAQ Dubai by a consortium comprising Mannai and EFG Hermes (“M&A Deal of the Year” 2012 IFLR).
  • The shareholders on an auction process involving multiple private equity firms and the resulting sale of a significant stake in a Jordan based company to Carlyle Group.
  • A prominent UAE private equity firm on the sale of its shareholding in a fitness group and certain related debt restructuring arrangements.
  • The shareholders on an exit from a UAE based flow control business following the merger of Tyco Flow Control and Pentair Flow Control.
  • Arcelor in relation to a US$33.8BN takeover bid by Mittal Steel which resulted in the world’s largest steel company.
  • Arcelor on its proposed US$15.3BN bid for Severstal, Russia’s largest steel company.