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Guy Danalis is a corporate lawyer focusing on regional and international M&A, joint ventures, and private equity transactions. He has led and advised on high-value transactions throughout the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Asia Pacific region, particularly in the oil and gas, petrochemical, transport, and livestock sectors.

Guy has drafted and negotiated substantial distribution and supply agreements in a broad range of industries. Prior to joining Jones Day he spent more than a decade working in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). During this time he advised some of the region's leading family groups and internationally recognized companies on their business operations and investments in the region.


  • Saudi petrochemicals company contemplates overseas acquisitionJones Day is advising a major private Saudi petrochemicals company on all aspects of its bid to acquire shares in an Asia-based holding company, which in turn is the sole shareholder of a China-based petrochemicals production company.
  • Global ports company enters into container port operations agreement with Saudi GovernmentJones Day advised a global ports company (as the lead sponsor) in connection with the negotiation and execution of an agreement with a Saudi Government entity, by which our client and its partners will establish a special purpose company that will invest in and manage the new container port in Saudi Arabia.
  • The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.

    Advised W.R. Grace (a global specialty chemicals and materials company listed on the NYSE) on all aspects of its joint venture with Al Dahra for the development of a US$200 million fluid cracking catalyst (FCC) and additives manufacturing plant in KIZAD, Abu Dhabi. The plant will be the first of its kind in the Middle East.

    Advised Grace FCC Catalysts Middle East LLC, the joint venture vehicle for W.R. Grace and Al Dahra, on all aspects of its UAE operations, including liaising with the Industrial Development Bureau for the issue of the industrial license to build and operate the plant, negotiating a 50-year musataha agreement with KIZAD, and advising on the suite of construction contracts for the plant.

    Advised the founding shareholders of Target Engineering Construction Co. LLC on the sale of their shares to Arabtec Holding PJSC.

    Advised a Jordanian family group prominent in the meat, livestock, and food production sector on the sale of a stake in its worldwide group of companies to a consortium of private equity investors. The transaction covered several jurisdictions, including the Middle East, South America, Australia, and Asia.

    Advised on the sale of vMonitor (a subsidiary of Control & Applications Group, an Abu Dhabi EPC contractor) and its group, a global technology leader for wireless solutions in the oil and gas industry, to Rockwell Automation, Inc., a NYSE-listed company.

    Advised a UK health provider on the acquisition of the Gulf International Cancer Center in Abu Dhabi as part of plans to create the first proton beam therapy treatment center in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

    Advised the Queensland government on a range of matters, including the establishment of an innovation hub in the Dubai South free zone for the purpose of facilitating the set-up of Queensland businesses in Dubai.

    Advised Australian company, Aspen Medical Pty Ltd on its joint venture with the Abu Dhabi government for the establishment of National Ambulance, which provides ambulance services throughout the UAE.

    Advised Topaz on the restructure and sale of its oil and gas engineering division in the UAE to Interserve plc. Topaz is a subsidiary of Renaissance SAOG, a contract services company listed on the Omani Stock Exchange.

    Advised Al Jaber on the proposed sale of its shares in the Global Process Systems group of companies (GPS) to a major Korean contractor. GPS is a global provider of technology-based "design and build" process facilities solutions for the upstream oil and gas industry.