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Melissa Forbes-Miranda

Counsel
Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

Biography

Melissa Forbes-Miranda is a counsel in the firm’s UAE Corporate practice. Based in Dubai since 2008, Melissa has significant experience in advising on a broad range of cross-border and domestic corporate transactions.

Practice Focus

Melissa regularly advises on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate reorganizations and shareholder disputes with a particular focus on the technology, media and telecommunications sector.

However, she also has experience advising clients from a wide range of other sectors, such as: industrials and manufacturing; financial services; healthcare and pharmaceuticals; retail and consumer; hospitality, hotels and F&B, real estate and construction; and education.

Representative Legal Matters

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Advised Afterpay and AP Ventures on the acquisition of an equity stake in Postpay, a UAE-based “buy now, pay later” fintech business that operates in the Middle East region.

  • Advised a Dubai government entity on the acquisition of a 21.7% stake in Taaleem from Amanat Holdings PJSC.

  • Advised Dar Al Takaful PJSC on the acquisition of Noor Takaful General PJSC and Noor Takaful Family PJSC.

  • Advised Edenred (a French-headquartered global prepaid corporate services company) on the acquisition of a portfolio of clients from Mint (a regional payment service provider group).

  • Advised Frigoglass SAIC on the sale of its UAE manufacturing operations to ATG Investments Limited (part of the Al Tajer group).

  • Advised IQVIA (a global provider of healthcare information, services and technology) on the acquisition of Dimensions Healthcare (a Middle Eastern healthcare informatics solutions group) from the founders thereof.

Professional Honors

  • Law Society of England and Wales - Member
  • Law Society of New South Wales – Member

Admissions

  • Dubai - Registered Legal Consultant (2008)
  • Senior Courts of England & Wales~United Kingdom (2008)
  • Supreme Court of New South Wales~Australia (2007)

Education

  • BPP Law School (Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test) (2008)
  • College of Law at Sydney (Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice) (2007)
  • Queensland University of Technology (Double Degree: Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Business) (2005)

Languages

  • English
  • Panelist speaker, “Breakout Session: The impact of the pandemic on gender diversity in the M&A sector,” Intralinks M&A EMEA and APAC Virtual Summit, November 2020

  • Panelist speaker, “Innovation in the M&A process,” MergerMarket Innovation Breakfast, January 2020

  • Panelist speaker, “Managing risk and terminating contentious relationships in MENA,” Baker Women Middle East roundtable panel discussion, January 2020

  • Panelist speaker, “Managing the rise of transactional M&A and joint venture compliance in the Middle East,” Baker McKenzie roundtable panel discussion, September 2019