Regional news: United Arab Emirates

Travelex completes restructuring with pre-pack administration

London-headquartered foreign exchange company Travelex has completed its restructuring after joint administrators from PwC were brought in to sell some of the group’s UK entities to its senior secured noteholders.

07 August 2020

Hyflux banks prepare judicial management application

An unsecured group of Hyflux’s bank lenders are preparing an application to place it under judicial management, while the embattled Singaporean company has also received new proposals from US and UAE investors.

28 July 2020

Bermuda court extends injunction to prevent risk of Gupta asset claim dissipation

A Bermudian court has extended a Mareva injunction against a locally-registered commodities trader, finding there was a risk of dissipation of its only realisable asset – a claim in the South African restructuring of a coal mine formerly owned by the Gupta family.

27 July 2020

Duff & Phelps hires new restructuring head for the Middle East & Africa

Advisory firm Duff & Phelps has hired the former head of KPMG Middle East’s deal advisory group to lead its global restructuring practice in the Middle East and Africa.

21 July 2020

ADGM enhances insolvency law with priority financing for administrators

Officials in Abu Dhabi’s financial free zone have enacted amendments to the insolvency framework for its English-language courts, including the addition of new priority financing measures.

16 July 2020

Sidley and Akin Gump advising as Travelex strikes restructuring deal

London-headquartered foreign exchange company Travelex has reached a restructuring agreement that will see its creditors take control and inject it with £84 million in new liquidity.

08 July 2020

NMC Health-linked KBBO appoints restructuring advisers in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi-based investment group KBBO has brought in Cleary Gottlieb and local firm Hadef & Partners to advise it on a restructuring, citing concerns about its exposure to scandal-hit healthcare chain NMC Health.

01 July 2020

Congolese bank wins summary judgment against Travelex in England

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s largest bank has obtained a US$60 million summary judgment against struggling foreign exchange company Travelex in England, following a breach of contract over a supply of bank notes.

25 June 2020

Abu Dhabi’s NMC Health wins US recognition

Scandal-hit Middle Eastern healthcare chain NMC Health has won recognition of its English administration proceedings in Delaware, after its foreign representatives from Alvarez & Marsal received no objections to their motion for final relief.

25 June 2020

Pinsent Masons recruits new banking head from Norton Rose Fulbright in Dubai

Norton Rose Fulbright partner Matthew Escritt has joined Pinsent Masons as its regional head of banking in Dubai, as many of the UAE’s formal restructurings are set to be postponed until next year in light of the pandemic.

12 June 2020

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