Jonathan has over 36 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.
Jonathan also leads the firm's Foreign Direct Investment practice in the MENA region which specialises in advising clients on their operations in the region and the optimal arrangements for establishing and structuring their businesses. Jonathan has been described by Chambers Global 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 has also been named as a leading UAE practitioner in The International Who's Who of Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyers Guide and recognised by Asian MENA Counsel as UAE External Counsel of the Year 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.
Jonathan is one of the very few English solicitors who has served as a Director of a company listed on The London Stock Exchange and probably the only solicitor to have chaired the Board of such a company.