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James Kahika advises government, multinational, and regional clients across sectors including defense and aerospace, energy, resources, infrastructure, healthcare, banking, and sports. He specifically advises on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity investment, energy and infrastructure projects, complex joint ventures, corporate structuring, and commercial transactions.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, James practiced at global law firms in Abu Dhabi, the Sultanate of Oman, and Australia. He has extensive experience across markets in the Middle East and Asia Pacific.
Part-time secondment to an international airline in the United Arab Emirates.
Part-time secondment to a government defence group in the United Arab Emirates.
Advised on the merger of two sovereign wealth funds in the United Arab Emirates.
Advised a private investment office on its global restructure of real estate assets and its investment portfolio.
Advised a sovereign wealth fund on multiple direct investments and co-investments globally.
Advised a sovereign wealth fund on its acquisition of shares in the Sohar Independent Water Project in the Sultanate of Oman.
Advised a sovereign wealth fund on its acquisition of an interest in a telecommunications company in the Sultanate of Oman.
Advised a multinational engineering group on its divestment of assets across the Middle East.
Advised a global banking group on its divestment of assets across the Middle East.
Advised the government of Lao PDR, represented by the Ministry of Energy and Mines, on its joint venture with a Chinese consortium to develop energy projects in Lao PDR.
Advised a sovereign wealth fund on its joint venture to develop and operate a private hospital in the Sultanate of Oman.
Advised on the proposed merger of two listed banks in the Sultanate of Oman.
Advised a sovereign wealth fund on its joint venture to conduct exploration and mining activities in the Sultanate of Oman.
Advised a regional group on its joint venture to provide aluminum smelting fabrication services across the Middle East.
Advised a free zone company in the United Arab Emirates on its joint venture to manufacture armored vehicles and provide service support to the Sultan of Oman's Armed Forces and the Royal Oman Police.
Advised a US rotary wing aviation group on its acquisition of an Australian airline group.
Advised an international airline on its acquisition of an interest in a listed airline in Australia.
Advised an international hotel group on its global corporate restructure.
Advised a Chinese consortium on its development of the Queens Wharf Integrated Resort Project in Brisbane, Australia.
Advised a listed mining company in Australia on its joint venture with a Chinese consortium to develop the Iron Bridge and Glacier Valley iron ore projects in the Pilbara Region of Western Australia.
Awards and Affiliations
Co-Secretary, Australian Business Group Abu Dhabi
Queensland Law Society
Supreme Court of Queensland
Federal Court of Australia
High Court of Australia
College of Law, Queensland, 2014, Diploma of Legal Practice
Bond University, Queensland, 2014, Bachelor of Laws, Honours