Christian Adams

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

Christian Adams is a counsel in the Finance Department based in the Dubai office of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Adams has a wide range of financing experience representing both lenders and companies in leveraged and acquisition financings, real estate financings, restructurings and conventional and Islamic finance transactions. His clients include regional, European and US banks, government entities and corporate borrowers.


Mr. Adams' recent representative transactions include:

Lender Representation
  • Advising the lenders to Alabbar Enterprises in connection with the financing of the US$2.4 billion acquisition of Kuwait Food Company (Al Americana)
  • Advising Credit Suisse as the arranger of a US$500 million European Term Loan B financing for Taghleef Industries
  • Advising HSBC and JPMorgan in connection with a SAR750 million / US$360 million dual currency term loan facility made available to Almarai Company
  • Advising JPMorgan and Bank Muscat in connection with a series of financings for Electricity Holding Company (Oman) and its subsidiaries, with a total aggregate value of approximately US$1.65 billion (recognised as “Middle East Loans Deal of the Year” by The Banker 2016)
  • Advising JPMorgan in connection with a US$200 million, acquisition facility made available to Abraaj Capital in connection with the acquisition of Network International
  • Advising the lenders to Qatar Telecom in connection with US$960 million credit facilities
Company Representation
  • Advising Etisalat in connection with a €3.15 billion multicurrency term loan facility to finance Etisalat’s acquisition of a controlling stake in Maroc Telecom
  • Advising a prominent Middle East telecommunications company in connection with a US$13 billion dollar acquisition finance facility
  • Advising Credit Suisse in connection with the US$10 billion investment by Qatar Holding in Credit Suisse
  • Advising Skai Holdings in connection with US$300 million term loan and ijara facilities to finance the development of The Viceroy Hotel on Palm Jumeirah, Dubai (recognised by EMEA Finance as “Middle East Structured Finance Deal of the Year, 2015”)
  • Advising GEMS Education in relation to several sale and leaseback transactions relating to schools in Dubai
  • Advised Evolvence Knowledge Investments Ltd. in connection with the financing for the construction of Foremarke School in Dubai
  • Advising, a classifieds website across the Middle East, in connection with multiple rounds of equity investment by a global strategic investor
  • Advising Standard Chartered Bank in connection with its investment in
Restructuring Matters
  • Advising 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
  • Advising the Government of Dubai on the formation and disbursement of a US$20 billion financial support fund
  • Advising the Dubai Financial Support Fund and the Government of Dubai on the restructurings of Dubai World and Nakheel. The 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
  • Advising the controlling shareholder in the multi-billion dollar financial and operational restructuring of a Middle East-based provider of ship building, repair and maintenance services in restructuring of syndicated and bilateral bank debt
  • Advising a group of Saudi Arabian and international banks on the US$2 billion restructuring of Al-Ittefaq Steel Products Company
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