April 7, 2020

Mark J. Gilligan

Mark Gilligan specializes in corporate and commercial law. Based in the firm’s Abu Dhabi office, he provides UAE, GCC and international clients with advice on a variety of commercial transactions and arrangements, including structuring and completing commercial contracts, joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions. Having worked in both local and international law firms over the course of several years in the UAE, Mark has the technical ability and practical understanding of the legal landscape in the UAE to provide efficient and practical legal advice.

Mark has experience advising international and local clients on the legislative and regulatory considerations and alternatives applicable when operating in the UAE marketplace, including the corporate formation process both in the UAE and its Free Zones, and on distribution, commercial agency, franchising and services agreements.

Throughout his career in the UAE Mark has developed working relationships with many UAE Regulatory Agencies including the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC), Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) and Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA). Mark regularly assists clients in navigating the regulatory regimes applicable to private equity transactions, fund placement and establishment, and investment management activities in the UAE.


  • Representing a prominent engineering firm in the potential acquisition of waste treatment facilities in Dubai.

  • Assisting a privately owned, US based transportation management company in the negotiation and corporate structuring of a joint venture arrangement with a leading UAE transportation company.

  • Representing two Korean engineering firms in the formation of separate joint ventures with a publicly traded construction company in Abu Dhabi.

  • Representing a US based defence contractor with its corporate structuring requirements in the UAE, including working under an extremely tight time frames to establish multiple branch office in preparation for a government tender for the provision of cyber security related services to the UAE Government.

  • Representing one of the UAE’s prominent trading companies in the negotiation and sale of the distribution rights to an international clothing brand.

  • Advising on the sale of a strategic interest in a Dubai-based dry cleaning and restaurant group to a Qatar-based private equity fund.

  • Advising a UAE based food and beverage operation in creating a full suite of documentation for its franchising operations in various MENA jurisdictions.

Articles in the National Law Review database by Mark J. Gilligan



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