Regional news: United Arab Emirates

HFW hires from Clyde & Co in Dubai

HFW’s fraud and insolvency team in Dubai, which is advising the Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank in NMC Healthcare’s administration, has gained a new disputes partner from Clyde & Co.

04 January 2021

Air Berlin fails to block English Etihad litigation on appeal

Air Berlin’s administrator must face an English challenge to his €2 billion German contract breach claim against Etihad Airways, after a London appeal court ruled that EU law allowed the dispute to be heard in England under an “asymmetric” jurisdiction clause.

18 December 2020

UAE construction firm Arabtec to enter insolvent liquidation

Shareholders of the Middle East's largest contractor, Arabtec, have announced it will file for liquidation “at the earliest opportunity”, despite a small group among them making a last-ditch restructuring proposal on Monday.

01 December 2020

Borrelli Walsh appointed as Hyflux enters judicial management

After a two-and-a-half year restructuring saga, struggling Singaporean utility Hyflux has been placed into judicial management with immediate effect.

16 November 2020

Dubai court recognises NMC Healthcare administration

A court in Dubai’s financial free zone has recognised NMC Healthcare’s Abu Dhabi administration and ordered a stay on proceedings filed against the company – while the administrators have initiated a negligence action against EY in England.

11 November 2020

KPMG head of advisory moves to FTI Consulting in Dubai

FTI Consulting has hired KPMG’s head of advisory in Dubai to lead its Middle East restructuring practice.

29 October 2020

A&M Middle East head joins KordaMentha in Sydney

Asia-Pacific advisory firm KordaMentha has hired the former head of Alvarez & Marsal’s Middle East turnaround and restructuring practice.

27 October 2020

ADGM: A commercially fair and efficient Middle Eastern regime

Alexander Wood, a partner at Shearman & Sterling in London whose firm advised on the establishment of the Abu Dhabi Global Market’s legal and regulatory framework, discusses why parties to regional restructurings and insolvencies should now consider the ADGM regime.

23 October 2020

Hyflux receives expression of interest from US investor

A US private equity firm has made a US$150 million investment offer to embattled Singaporean water treatment company Hyflux, days before a judicial management application is set to be heard in the Lion City’s High Court.

13 October 2020

“Open for business”: BVI court approves third party litigation funding

In the first written judgment of its kind, a British Virgin Islands court has approved third party funding agreements for litigation and other liquidation fees and expenses in relation to a multinational Ponzi scheme.

01 October 2020

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