Christian Adams

  • Dubai International Financial Centre
  • Precinct Building 1, Level 3
  • P.O. Box 506698
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Christian Adams is an associate based in the Dubai office and a member of the Finance Department. Mr. Adams advises on a broad range of banking, finance and restructuring matters. Mr. Adams was named a “Leading Lawyer” in the field of restructuring and insolvency by Islamic Finance News in 2010, 2011 and 2012. He also sits on the firm’s Global Associates Committee and Pro Bono Committee.

Speaking Engagements
  • Speaker at the Government of Kuwait / World Bank Workshop on Kuwait’s Insolvency and Creditor / Debtor Regime – Kuwait City, May 2012
  • Strategic Partner of the Dubai Economic Council in connection with its Global Policy Conference “Towards a Legal Regulation of Financial Restructuring and Bankruptcy for Sustainable Economic Development” – Dubai, May 2012
  • Panelist, MENA judicial colloquium on insolvency and restructuring, Dubai, December 2011

Mr. Adams' recent representative transactions include advising:

Banking & Finance
  • A Middle East telecommunications company in connection with a US$13 billion dollar acquisition finance facility
  • Etisalat on a combination of bank, vendor and export credit agency financings in connection with the supply and installation of its multi-billion dollar GSM mobile networks in India and Sri Lanka
  • Dar Al-Arkan in connection with bank facilities provided by Goldman Sachs International and Deutsche Bank
  • HSBC in connection with a QAR550,000,000 facility for a prominent Qatari borrower
  • HSBC, Emirates NBD and Gulf International Bank in connection with bank facilities for Majid Al Futtaim Properties LLC
  • Credit Suisse in connection with the US$10 billion investment by Qatar Holding in Credit Suisse
  • The lenders to Qatar Telecom in connection with US$960 million credit facilities 
  • The Government of Dubai on the drafting of Dubai Decree No. 57 of 2009, establishing an internationally recognised and bespoke legal framework for the restructuring of Dubai World and its subsidiaries
  • The Government of Dubai on the formation and disbursement of a US$20 billion financial support fund

  • The Dubai Financial Support Fund and the Government of Dubai on the restructurings of Dubai World and Nakheel. This Dubai World deal was named Acquisitions Monthly’s 2010 “Restructuring Deal of the Year” describing it “the largest and most complex EMEA restructuring of 2010.” This deal was also awarded "Deal of the Year 2011" by The Banker and won the IFLR "Middle East Restructuring Deal of the Year"

  • The controlling shareholder in the multi-billion dollar financial and operational restructuring of a Middle East-based sovereign related provider of ship building, repair and maintenance services in restructuring of syndicated and bilateral bank debt
  • A group of Saudi Arabian and international banks on the US$2 billion restructuring of Al-Ittefaq Steel Products Company
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