Named a Leading Lawyer in Islamic Finance Restructuring by Islamic Finance news.

Islamic Finance news in 2010, 2011 and 2012

Christian Adams

Dubai
  • Dubai International Financial Centre
  • ICD Brookfield Place, Level 16
  • P.O. Box 506698
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
 
 

Christian Adams represents corporates, sponsors, and lenders on a broad range of complex matters across the financing spectrum.

Drawing on his varied financing experience, Mr. Adams regularly advises clients on their most significant transactions across the Middle East and internationally. His work spans a multitude of industries, with a particular focus on the investment, hospitality, leisure and entertainment, energy, infrastructure, and real estate sectors.

Mr. Adams’ practice includes:

  • Leveraged and acquisition financings
  • Real estate financings
  • General conventional and Islamic lending
  • Refinancings and complex restructurings
  • Distressed debt matters

Creative and commercially focused, Mr. Adams brings a proven track record of helping clients successfully navigate significant deals in the Middle East, including those involving bespoke deal structures.

Mr. Adams previously served as Vice President at the global investment company Dubai Holding, where he was responsible for financing, restructuring, and strategic transactional matters involving members of the Dubai Holding group and Dubai Holding affiliates.

Mr. Adams worked in the firm’s Dubai office from 2008 to 2017 and is a former member of the firm’s Associates and Pro Bono Committees.

Mr. Adams' experience includes representing:

Financing
  • TECOM Group in connection with AED7 billion conventional and Islamic term loan facilities to fund multiple real estate development projects*
  • Meraas Group in connection with AED4.75 billion conventional and Islamic term loan facilities to fund multiple real estate development projects*
  • Meraas Holding in connection with AED2.4 billion conventional and Islamic acquisition facilities made available to Merex Investments to fund the acquisition of assets into its joint venture with Brookfield Asset Management*
  • Emirates International Telecommunications in connection with AED2.5 billion conventional and Islamic term loan facilities to refinance existing financial indebtedness and provide new working capital facilities*
  • Dubai Holding and Marsa Al Arab LLC in connection with the US$350 million financing of the Marsa Al Arab hospitality development in Dubai*
  • Dubai Properties Group in connection with AED2.5 billion trade credit and receivables discounting facilities*
  • The borrower in connection with loan facilities made available to finance the redevelopment of Jumeirah Carlton Tower, Knightsbridge, London*
  • The sponsor in connection with loan facilities relating to the Dubai Harbour master project*
  • The lenders to Alabbar Enterprises in connection with the financing of the US$2.4 billion acquisition of Kuwait Food Company (Al Americana)
  • Credit Suisse as the arranger of a US$500 million European Term Loan B financing for Taghleef Industries
  • 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 (recognized as Middle East Structured Finance Deal of the Year by EMEA Finance 2015)
  • HSBC and JPMorgan in connection with a SAR750 million / US$360 million dual-currency term loan facility made available to Almarai Company
  • 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 (recognized as Middle East Loans Deal of the Year by The Banker 2016)
  • JPMorgan in connection with a US$200 million acquisition facility made available to Abraaj Capital in connection with the acquisition of Network International
  • The lenders to Qatar Telecom in connection with US$960 million credit facilities
  • Etisalat in connection with a €3.15 billion multicurrency term loan facility to finance Etisalat’s acquisition of a controlling stake in Maroc Telecom
  • Etisalat in connection with a US$13 billion dollar acquisition finance facility
  • Credit Suisse in connection with the US$10 billion investment by Qatar Holding in Credit Suisse
Restructuring
  • Dubai Holding in connection with the restructurings of Dubai International Capital and Dubai Holding Investments Group*
  • The shareholder in connection with the organizational and financial restructuring of the Meraas Group and integration into the Dubai Holding Group*
  • The sponsor and majority shareholder in connection with the financial restructuring and subsequent public to private acquisition of DXB Entertainments PJSC — a first-of-its-kind transaction that used the mandatory acquisition provisions of the UAE Securities and Commodities Authority’s Takeover Code*
  • The majority shareholder in connection with restructuring of AED1.2 billion term loan facilities made available to finance the Marsa Al Seef development*
  • The Government of Dubai in connection with the establishment and capitalization of the Dubai Financial Support Fund
  • The Dubai Financial Support Fund and the Government of Dubai in connection with the financial restructuring of Dubai World and its subsidiaries (recognized as Restructuring Deal of the Year by Acquisitions Monthly, Deal of the Year 2011 by The Banker, and Turnaround of the Year for deals with a value greater than US$5 billion by Global M&A Network
Corporate/M&A Matters
  • Meraas Holding in connection with AED5 billion joint venture partnership with Brookfield Asset Management*
  • Dubai Holding in connection with acquisition of a material stake in Azadea Group*
  • Dubai Holding in connection with the acquisition and subsequent redevelopment of a marquee real estate asset in Paris with a total transaction value of c. €1 billion
  • Dubai Holding in connection with its investments in Dubai Mercantile Exchange and Emirates REIT*
  • Dubizzle.com, a classifieds website across the Middle East, from inception through multiple rounds of equity investment and subsequent sale to a global strategic investor

*Matter handled prior to rejoining Latham

 
 
 
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