Of Counsel

Dubai + 971.4.709.8407

Nima Fath's practice focuses on cross-border finance transactions across a variety of sectors and asset classes. He has worked on deals throughout Europe, the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC), and Africa and advises clients on conventional and/or Shari'ah compliant finance structures.

Nima's broad experience includes representing arrangers, lenders, equity sponsors, developers, and corporate borrowers on secured and unsecured corporate loans; acquisition, project, asset, and real estate financings; and consensual debt restructurings. Since moving to Dubai in 2013, he also has advised financial institutions on Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) regulatory matters and corporates on general commercial contract issues and the laws of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

Prior to joining Jones Day, Nima practiced in the area of general banking & finance at a U.S. firm and before that in leveraged finance at a Magic Circle firm in London.


  • Leading unicorn digital asset company cooperates on JV in the UAEJones Day represented a leading unicorn digital asset company on its cooperation and JV arrangements with a leading asset management firm in the UAE. The JV involved market entry arrangements into the UAE and GCC markets.
  • Arc acquires Farmers Guardian and LAMMA Ltd from AgriBriefingJones Day advised Arc, a business partnership between EagleTree Capital and Simon Foster, in its acquisition of Farmers Guardian Ltd and LAMMA Ltd, the UK agriculture division of AgriBriefing.
  • Seal for Life acquires CanusaJones Day advised Arsenal Capital Partners in the acquisition by portfolio company, Seal For Life Industries, of the Canusa-CPS and Dhatec businesses from Shawcor.
  • Consortium of Marafiq, Amwal, and Veolia develop large Independent Sewage Treatment Plant in Saudi ArabiaJones Day advised the consortium of sponsors consisting of The Power and Water Utility Company for Jubail and Yanbu (Marafiq), AlAmwal AlKhaleejiah AlThaniya, and Veolia Middle East, in connection with the project close and financial close of the Jeddah Airport 2 Independent Sewage Treatment Plant Project located in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Toys “R” Us enters India market through retail licensing arrangement with Tablez & ToysJones Day advised Toys "R" Us, Inc.("TRU"), the largest global retailer of toys and juvenile products, in connection with its entry into the India market through a retail licensing arrangement with Tablez & Toys Pvt. Ltd. (“Tablez”), an Indian affiliate of the Abu Dhabi-based Lulu Group, an Indian affiliate of the Abu Dhabi-based retail chain Lulu Group.
  • Emirates D1 Limited provides $220 million term loan facility for construction of Palazzo Versace Hotel, Condominium, and D1 Tower DubaiJones Day represented Emirates D1 Limited in connection with a $220 million term loan facility for the construction of the Palazzo Versace Hotel, Condominium, and D1 Tower Dubai.
  • Emirates D1 Limited obtains advice in connection with financing of Palazzo Versace Hotel in Dubai, in addition to its hotel management agreementsJones Day advised Emirates D1 Limited in connection with its financing of the Palazzo Versace Hotel in Dubai, in addition to its hotel management agreements.
  • The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.

    Represented Al Futtaim Private Company in the financing of an AED3.942 billion multitranche facilities agreement with a club of regional and international banks to fund the development of a mall in Dubai Festival City.

    Represented Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank in the US$300 million co-financing (conventional and Islamic) of a hotel and residential project in Dubai.

    Represented Standard Chartered Bank as mandated lead arranger in relation to the US$650 million acquisition financing of U.S.-based Decision Resources Group by the Piramal Healthcare Group.

    Represented a coordinating committee (representing 36 lenders) of international and regional banks in relation to the Al Jaber Group's AED18 billion debt restructuring.

    Projects & Infrastructure Finance

    Represented a syndicate of international lenders in the US$1.7 billion project financing of the expansion of the UAE's first fully integrated steel manufacturing works for Emirates Steel Industries (comprising conventional and Islamic facilities).

    Represented the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi in relation to its acquisition of a US$4 billion project finance portfolio purchased from the Royal Bank of Scotland.

    Islamic Finance

    Represented GFH Capital in relation to the Shari'ah compliant refinancing of long-term and short-term loans to Leeds United Football Club totallng approximately £30 million.

    Represented Gulf Marine Services PLC in relation to the US$530 million multi-vessel Ijara refinancing tied to the company's IPO on the London Stock Exchange.

    Corporate Lending and Acquisition Finance


    Represented JP Morgan in relation to a £1.3 billion acquisition financing of a gas company.

    Represented Goldman Sachs on behalf of a syndicate of lenders providing a secured US$320 million margin loan to a Portuguese conglomerate (through a Dutch holding company).

    Represented Barclays Bank plc as the mandated lead arranger on a £400 million revolving credit facility for a FTSE 100 global technology company.

    Represented Mubadala GE Capital in relation to a US$35 million borrowing base facility to a major GCC-based telecoms company.

    Represented BNP Paribas S.A, on behalf of a syndicate of international banks, in relation to the amendment and restatement of a US$300 million syndicated facility for Emirates Trading Agency.

    Represented Citibank N.A, on behalf of a syndicate of international and regional banks, in relation to a US$1.3 billion facility agreement for MTC Kuwait.

    Represented a major syndicate of international banks in relation to a US$5.5 billion revolving facilities agreement for Saudi Aramco.

    Represented Emirates NBD Bank, on behalf of a syndicate of international and regional banks, in relation to various amendments of an AED361 million syndicated term loan facility for Emirates Float Glass.

    Sponsor / Borrower-side:

    Represented Gulf Capital in relation to the US$80 million acquisition financing of the Chef Middle East Group and its post-acquisition corporate restructuring.

    Represented Abraaj Capital on the acquisition financing of a telecoms company.

    Represented GEMS Education in relation to a US$3 million syndicated accordion facilities agreement, the rearrangement of its corporate structure, and the release and regranting of certain security interests.


    Represented the Royal Bank of Scotland and Noor Islamic Bank as the coordinating committee representing the lenders of the Dubai government's investment companies, Dubai International Capital and their holding company Dubai Holdings, in relation to the restructuring of US$700 million of debt.