“He is very easy to talk to: he can distill a very complicated issue into easy-to-understand language and is good at putting himself in the shoes of the client.”

Chambers Global 2020

Christopher Lester

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

Chris Lester is a corporate partner based in the Dubai office of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Lester specializes in public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and restructurings.

Mr. Lester's representative transactions include advising:

  • Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank on the acquisition of Barclays’ UAE retail banking business
  • Mubadala on the US$15 billion merger of EMAL and DUBAL to form Emirates Global Aluminium
  • Mubadala on mining investments in the Republic of Guinea
  • Oldendorff on the acquisition and disposal of shipping assets
  • GCC government entities on joint ventures and alliances in the aerospace and defence sector
  • Government of Dubai on the restructuring of Dubai World
  • A major GCC financial institution on its proposed acquisition of a major GCC financial institution
  • Tawazun on various joint ventures and acquisitions in the defence sectors
  • Spectrum Equity Investors/Global World Check on its acquisition of IntegraScreen, a due diligence business operating in the UAE and Asia
  • Xstrata on its US$1.7 billion acquisition of a one-third interest in the Cerrejon coal mining operation from Glencore International and on various other matters*
  • Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy on its offer for Glenmorangie*

*Matter handled while at a previous firm

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