Jonathan has over 32 years of experience working in the Middle East in the areas of international mergers & acquisitions, private equity, banking and finance, restructuring and foreign direct investment. He has worked with clients operating in most business sectors including insurance, financial services, international trade, energy, construction, shipping and commodities.
He has led numerous transaction teams; assisting clients navigate the regulatory complexities of multi-jurisdictional transactions across the Middle East and North Africa.
Jonathan is the head of Clyde & Co's operations in the Middle East and North Africa, holding this role since the merger of Clyde & Co with his own practice in 1989. He chairs the firm's MENA Regional Board and is a member of the firm's Global Management Board. Prior to establishing his own firm in the UAE in 1981, Jonathan trained and qualified as a solicitor with a leading firm in the City of London, working first in London and later in the UAE.
Jonathan is described by Chambers Global 2012 as a 'leading light with an excellent mind' and his market expertise is widely acknowledged as being amongst the very best in the entire region. He is also named as a leading UAE practitioner in The International Who's Who of Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyers guide 2012 and recognised by Asian MENA Counsel as UAE External Counsel of the Year for 2012 which identifies individual lawyers who have been recognised as 'exceptional' by a survey of over 18,000 in-house counsel based across Asia and the Middle East.