Abdullah Mutawi is a bi-lingual partner in the firm’s Dubai office with over 20 years’ experience practicing in London and the Middle East. Abdullah's primary area of practice is cross-border M&A and corporate finance transactions. He has a particularly deep focus on the TMT and financial institutions sectors, but has also undertaken many deals involving assets in the energy, infrastructure, transportation and industrial sectors. In recent years, Abdullah has represented public and private companies, private equity funds, family offices and consortia of financial investors on M&A transactions involving assets in 28 developed and emerging markets and with an aggregate value in excess of US$20 billion.
An integral part of Abdullah’s TMT and banking sector focus is telecom and financial services regulation and has advised clients on regulatory issues in several jurisdictions. In addition to this, and as part of his TMT practice, Abdullah also advises clients on cyber-security both in transactional and pre-emptive contexts as well as in relation to post-breach scenarios.
Since the commencement of the 2009 Global Financial Crisis, Abdullah has also become a trusted adviser on high profile insolvency and re-structuring mandates and has developed strong experience in advising on financial distress situations arising from fraud and white collar crime. In this time, he has advised banks, corporates, regulators, creditors and shareholders in connection with insolvency, distress and restructuring mandates involving aggregate liabilities in excess of US$7 billion. His work in this area has included a number of corporate and regulatory investigations and has spanned assets in several countries across the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. He has led a number of high-profile cross-border litigation matters involving courts in several countries including the United Kingdom, the USA, the UAE, Bahrain and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia arising in the course of such mandates.