Sean ThomasBoyce


Dubai + 971.4.709.8416

Sean Boyce has assisted clients with resolving complex commercial disputes and international regulatory issues for more than a decade. His practice focuses on cross-border issues, including representing clients in international and domestic disputes and advising clients on compliance with international trade laws. Previously based in the Firm's Washington, D.C. Office, Sean has been in Dubai since 2014, giving him particular experience addressing the extraterritorial application of U.S. law and insight into the regulatory and commercial concerns faced by clients operating in the Middle East.

Sean represents clients in a wide range of contentious matters, including corporate governance, contract, fraud, and antitrust disputes. Beyond handling complex U.S. litigation, he resolves cross-border disputes through negotiation, mediation, and international arbitration.

In addition, Sean counsels clients on compliance with international trade regimes, including sanctions, export and import controls, anti-money laundering rules, foreign direct investment requirements, and anticorruption laws. He regularly advises in connection with cross-border transactions by undertaking due diligence, developing strategies to mitigate risks, and preparing disclosures or license applications as well as assessing import and export activities. Sean also works with clients on the evaluation, design, and implementation of trade compliance programs as well as internal audits and investigations. He conducts internal investigations throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa and represents clients before U.S. government agencies, including the Departments of Commerce, State, and the Treasury.

Sean has written extensively on trade compliance and cross-border issues and frequently provides related seminars and trainings on these issues.


  • Medical products manufacturer obtains advice on UAE employment lawsJones Day advised a medical products manufacturer on UAE employment laws and related settlement negotiations.
  • EcoVadis raises $200 million in Series B roundJones Day assisted EcoVadis SAS, a provider of environmental, social, and ethical performance ratings for global supply chains, in connection with their $200 million Series B round of financing led by CVC Growth Partners.
  • PTTEP subsidiary acquires Murphy Oil Corporation’s business in Malaysia for $2.127 billionJones Day represented PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited ("PTTEP"), a publicly listed petroleum exploration and production company based in Thailand, in connection with its subsidiary, PTTEP HK Offshore Limited’s acquisition of Murphy Sabah Oil Co., Ltd. and Murphy Sarawak Oil Co., Ltd. ("Murphy Sabah and Murphy Sarawak"), from a subsidiary of NYSE listed Murphy Oil Corporation.
  • Syndicate of leading banks complete €715 million share capital increase by Tikehau CapitalJones Day advised Berenberg, Credit Suisse, Natixis, BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, and Société Générale, as global coordinators, joint lead managers and joint bookrunners, and Citigroup and RBC Capital Markets, as joint lead managers and joint bookrunners, in connection with the €715 million share capital increase without shareholders' preferential subscription rights and with a priority subscription period for existing shareholders by Tikehau Capital, an asset management and investment group.
  • Multinational manufacturer seeks advice on UAE employment lawsJones Day advised a computer manufacturer on UAE employment laws and related settlement negotiations.
  • Timken acquires The Diamond Chain CompanyJones Day advised The Timken Company in its acquisition of The Diamond Chain Company, a supplier of high-performance roller chains for industrial markets, from Amsted Industries.
  • Timken acquires Cone DriveJones Day advised The Timken Company in its acquisition of Cone Drive, a leader in precision drives used in diverse markets including solar, automation, aerial platforms, and food and beverage.
  • Owens Corning acquires Paroc Group, a leading European mineral wool manufacturer, for approximately €900 million (US$1.04 billion)Jones Day advised Owens Corning in its acquisition of Paroc Group, a leading producer of mineral wool insulation for building and technical applications in Europe, from CVC Capital Partners for an enterprise value of approximately €900 million ($1.04 billion).
  • Middle-East construction company assists in enforcement of first demand bank guaranteeJones Day assisted a major Middle-East construction company in emergency court proceedings for the enforcement of a first demand bank guarantee issued by a leading Italian bank in favor of the key contractor.
  • Reynolds American acquired by British American Tobacco Plc in deal valued at $49 billionJones Day advised Reynolds American Inc. ("RAI") regarding the acquisition by British American Tobacco, p.l.c. ("BAT") of 57.8 percent of the outstanding shares of RAI not owned by BAT and its affiliates in a transaction valued at $49 billion.
  • Owens Corning acquires Pittsburgh Corning for approximately $560 millionJones Day advised Owens Corning in its approximately $560 million acquisition of Pittsburgh Corning, the world’s leading producer of cellular glass insulation systems for commercial and industrial markets.
  • Total sells Atotech to The Carlyle Group for $3.2 billionJones Day advised Total in the $3.2 billion sale of specialty chemical affiliate Atotech B.V., a global manufacturer of high technology plating solutions, to The Carlyle Group.
  • Middle East telecommunications provider obtains advice relating to U.S. sanctions regulationsJones Day advised a major Middle East telecommunications provider on U.S. sanctions regulations.
  • CITIC CLSA, CICC, Goldman Sachs, and Agricultural Bank of China International underwrite $1.7 billion IPO on Hong Kong Stock Exchange by China Zheshang BankJones Day acted as counsel for the underwriters, led by CITIC CLSA, China International Capital Corporation (CICC), Goldman Sachs, and Agricultural Bank of China International, on the US$1.7 billion initial public offering of China Zheshang Bank Co., Ltd. on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange ("HKSE").
  • UAE marine services company defends FBI inquiryJones Day defended a UAE marine services company in an FBI inquiry related to a sanctions investigation of a Dubai, UAE entity.
  • XIO acquires Lumenis for approximately $510 million, $14 per share, in cashJones Day advised XIO Group in its acquisition of Lumenis Ltd., the world's largest energy-based medical company for surgical, ophthalmology, and aesthetic applications, for $14 per share in cash, for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $510 million.
  • AG of America acquires majority interest of The Dennis GroupJones Day represented Andrade Gutierrez S.A., one of Brazil's largest construction and engineering companies, in its acquisition, through Andrade Gutierrez of America, Inc. ("AG of America"), of The Dennis Group, Inc., a leading U.S. company that offers complete planning, architectural, process engineering, and construction management services to the food and beverage industries.
  • Chevron sells companies holding Vietnam Block B offshore gas development project interests to Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam)Jones Day advised Chevron Corporation affiliates on the sale of their shares in three Bermuda companies that held Chevron's interests in the Block B offshore gas development project in Vietnam.
  • Peaked Hill Partners completes equity injection with Arc InternationalJones Day represented Peaked Hill Partners LLC ("PHP") in connection with an equity injection from an investor group led by PHP in Arc International, a producer of glass tableware, completing the group's recapitalization, and providing funds for the modernization of their main production site in Arques, France, funding of a Social Plan linked to the restructuring plan, and various growth initiatives.
  • Global health care company obtains advice regarding labor and health care laws in Saudi ArabiaJones Day counseled a health care company with respect to labor and health care laws and regulations in Saudi Arabia.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • October 9, 2019
      Tackling Financial Crime Challenges in Post-Merger Integrations, MENA FinCrime Symposium 2019
    • March 7, 2019
      Global Forum on Corporate Criminal Liability
    • April 12, 2016
      PwC Global Economic Crime Survey - India Launch
    • October 25, 2015
      International Sanctions Regimes - Business Risks & Opportunities
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