Ben's areas of focus include:
- Foreign Direct Investment: Ben advises clients on expansion into, and operations in, countries throughout the Middle East. Ben has been involved in a number of landmark and high profile FDI projects in the region. He has a detailed knowledge of the legal, regulatory and practical environment in which businesses operate in the region and supports clients in achieving their commercial objectives in a compliant and efficient manner. He has advised extensively on navigating trade and foreign ownership restrictions throughout the region.
- Corporate structuring, reorganisation and restructuring: Ben advises clients on the structuring and restructuring of their corporate operations. His clients are typically private and public multinational corporates. He has advised on significant (multi-billion dollar) group reorganisations for global corporates, including tax driven, pre-IPO and post-merger integration projects. Ben also advises clients on solvent and insolvent liquidations and cross border restructuring projects.
- Regulatory, compliance, governance and licensing advice: Ben advises on a range of regulatory, compliance, governance and licensing topics associated with FDI and corporate structuring, including competition law, economic substance, customs, import/export regulation, standards and specifications, commercial agency and corporate licensing.
Ben's clients operate in many sectors including automotive, oil & gas, technology, media, pharmaceutical, retail, FMCG and hospitality. He has been appointed to advise administrators/liquidators on Middle East restructuring projects. Ben has been on secondment with a number of clients in the past.
Ben is a regular commentator on developments in the UAE legal market. He is ranked by Chambers Global as a leading lawyer for Corporate, Commercial and Commercial Contracts work and by Legal 500 as a Next Generation Partner for Corporate, Commercial and M&A. Ben is recognised as an independently rated lawyer in Acritas Stars.