Arjun Ahluwalia


Industry Expertise

Aviation and Travel
Construction, Infrastructure and Real Estate
Digital Economy
Entertainment and  Events
Financial Services
Franchising, Agency and Licensing
Hospitality, Food and Beverage
Privacy and  Risk Management
Private Capital
Retail and Consumer
Technology and Media
A New York-qualified attorney focusing on technology, investment, M&A, project finance and general commercial transactions, with over a decade of experience with leading firms Shearman & Sterling, Allen & Overy and Latham & Watkins in New York, London, Paris and Dubai. His transactional experience spans sovereign representation for the Governments of Dubai, Qatar and Oman, to corporate clients such as Yahoo!, Emirates Flight Catering and MMI, with a strong focus on cross-border M&A and joint ventures across technology, F&B and media industries.

Selected Representative Roles and Matters:

  • Representing Beam Global on software development, support and licensing agreements in multiple jurisdictions, acquisition by Majid Al Futtaim Group and further cross-border acquisitions, and acting as general counsel.
  • Representing Careem on corporate, strategic partnership and service provider related transactions.
  • Representing Yahoo! on acquisition of Maktoob and restructuring of Middle East operations.  
  • Representing Horizon Technology on corporate structuring, startup funding and as general counsel.
  • Representing NewBridge, winner of ADGM’s most innovative fintech startup, om software development and licensing arrangements.  
  • Representing MMI on multiple foreign acquisitions and asset purchase transactions.
  • Representing E3 on software distribution and licensing arrangements in Middle East.  
  • Representing Pagero, a leading Swedish fintech company, on Middle Eastern operations.  
  • Representing leading UAE startups, such as DUBZ, FriendyCar, M-Select, VYBZ, AugmentCare and Health at Hand, acting as general counsel.  
  • Representing Brapp, a leading UK startup, acting as general counsel.
  • Representing Emirates Flight Catering as general counsel.
  • Representing Emirates Leisure Retail as general counsel.  
  • Representing Tinkah on shareholder and employment matters and as general counsel.
  • Representing Smartotels on equity investment, hotel development and management matters.  
  • Representing Al Kamda Group, the UAE’s largest distributor of fitness and health equipment, as general counsel.
  • Representing Goldman Sachs in IPO for a technology company and structuring placement of the company’s shares on Paris and Luxembourg stock exchanges.
  • Representing Government of Dubai on operation of US$20 billion financial support fund, RTA Salik toll road financing and Dubai World restructuring.
  • Representing Mubadala Infrastructure Partners on acquisition in Paris-Sorbonne University-AD.  
  • Representing Abraaj Capital on power projects including Karachi Electric Supply Corporation.
  • Representing Bank of Montreal, BBVA and RBS in relation to project financing of Canaport LNG terminal project in New Brunswick, Canada.


International Anti-Corruption Academy
Executive Master in Anti-Corruption Studies (magna cum laude)
Austria 2014

University of Michigan Law School
Juris Doctor (cum laude)
Ann Arbor, MI,
USA 2005

Haverford College
Bachelor of Arts in Economics (High Honours)
Haverford, PA,
USA 2000


English (Native)
French (Advanced)
Italian (Basic)
Hindi/Punjabi (Basic)
Arabic (Basic)

Qualifications, Admissions & Memberships

New York, 2006

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