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Judith Watson

Judith Watson

Consultant

Based in the Middle East for over 11 years, Judith is an international corporate lawyer whose practice centres on asset management, investment fund formation (conventional and Islamic) corporate M&A and joint ventures.

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Experience

Judith has been based in the Middle East since April 2005, having previously worked in London. Judith retired from the partnership in 2014 and now acts as a Consultant.

Judith is considered to be a 'leaders in their field' by Chambers Global 2017 for investment funds and has been recognised as a 'leading individual' for investment funds by Legal 500 EMEA 2011, 2012 and 2013, one of ‘the world’s leading practitioners in private funds’ by The International Who’s Who of Private Funds Lawyers 2012 and 2013, one of the 'leading lawyers in asset and fund management and private equity' by Islamic Finance News Leading Lawyers 2011 and 'one of the leading lawyers in investment funds' by PLC Which Lawyer? 2011.

Judith has advised: 

  • Shuaa Capital and Emirates NBD on the IPO of Emirates REIT (CEIC) Limited, the first DIFC REIT to list on NASDAQ Dubai
  • Al Salam Bank Bahrain on the establishment of the first Shari'ah compliant Asian REIT Fund
  • Bharti Airtel on its US$10.7 billion acquisition of Kuwait based Zain's telecom businesses in 15 African countries
  • Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) on its US$2.89 billion acquisition of Egypt’s third mobile operator license the US$2.65 billion acquisition of 26% with management control of Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL)