Mark Gilligan focuses his practice on corporate and commercial law. He advises private and institutional clients on a variety of commercial transactions and arrangements, including corporate structuring, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and venture capital transactions. Having worked in both local and international law firms over the course of several years in the United Arab Emirates, Mark has the technical ability and practical understanding of the legal landscape in the UAE to provide efficient, effective legal advice. He is admitted to practice in England & Wales.
Mark utilizes his common law background to counsel clients with respect to the legislative framework and structuring options offered by the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) and Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC). He has represented many institutional and sovereign investment clients with respect to structuring of their international transactional platforms through the ADGM. Mark also advises 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.
Throughout his career in the UAE, Mark has developed working relationships with many UAE regulatory agencies, including the ADGM Registration Authority and the Financial Services Regulatory Authority as well as the Dubai Financial Services Authority and Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA). He regularly assists clients in navigating the regulatory regimes applicable to private equity transactions, fund placement and establishment, and investment management activities in the UAE.
Before joining Morgan Lewis, Mark was a partner at another global law firm.
Advised a Government Owned Defense Holding Company on a multi-jurisdictional asset and share purchase transaction
Advised a US based defense contractor with its corporate structuring requirements in the UAE, including working under tight timeframes to establish multiple branch office in preparation for a government tender for the provision of cyber security related services to the UAE government
Represented a US based publicly quoted global consulting firm on the acquisition, structuring, and sale of various UAE business interests
Represented a prominent international engineering firm in the potential acquisition of waste treatment facilities in Dubai
Assisted 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
Represented two Korean engineering firms in the formation of separate joint ventures with a publicly traded construction company in Abu Dhabi
Represented one of the UAE’s prominent trading companies in the negotiation and sale of the distribution rights to an international clothing brand
Advised on the sale of a strategic interest in a Dubai-based diversified holding group to a regional sovereign investment institution
Advised a UAE-based food and beverage operation in creating a full suite of documentation for its franchising operations in various Middle East/North Africa (MENA) jurisdictions
Advised a Singapore-based private equity firm on the purchase of biomedical intellectual property rights from a UAE registered entity, including negotiating all transfer documents and advising on the structuring of security arrangements in compliance with UAE legal requirements
Advised a UAE-based investment institution with the winding down and liquidation of a DIFC-based asset management firm
Represented parties involved in the sale of a US-based engineering firm active in the MENA region
Advised a US-based hotel management company on its employment and corporate structuring requirements in the UAE
Advised a UAE-based investment management firm on all aspects of its registration with the SCA and the investment managers registration as investment manager to a Luxembourg-based Undertakings for the Collective Investment in Transferable Securities fund with the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier
Law Society of Ireland, 2009, Diploma in Finance Law
University College Dublin, 2004, B.A. (Int.), Economics
England & Wales (Solicitor)
Awards and Affiliations
Next Generation Partner, Commercial, Corporate and M&A, United Arab Emirates, The Legal 500 EMEA (2020)