SPuri

Sandeep Puri

Partner
Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

Biography

Sandeep Puri is a partner and head of the UAE banking and finance team at Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla. Based in the UAE since 2003, Sandeep has extensive experience advising on banking and capital market transactions across the Middle East.

Practice Focus

Sandeep covers both conventional and Islamic finance across asset classes, including project finance, corporate finance, asset finance, real estate finance and capital markets (including sukuk).

Representative Legal Matters

  • Acted for an African sovereign on a USD 2 billion multitranche conventional and Shari’a compliant financing.

  • Acted for the Shari’a compliant financiers on a AED 1.1 billion construction financing for a hospital, research centre and staff accommodation in Dubai.

  • Acted for a UAE real estate company on three concurrent financings (aggregate value AED 2 billion) for the financing of several real estate developments in the UAE.

  • Acted for a Japanese lender on three Japanese Yen denominated financings (aggregate value JPY 6 billion) for large regional financial institutions.

  • Acted for the borrower on an acquisition financing for a majority stake in an F&B retail operator active in US airports.

  • Acted for the lender on a USD 220 million financing of a large African telecoms company.

  • Acted for the borrower on a USD 200 million acquisition financing of a luxury hotel in Switzerland.

  • Acted for Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank pjsc on a AED 730 million real estate financing for an Abu Dhabi mixed use project located in Abu Dhabi.

  • Acted for Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank pjsc on a AED 600 million financing for a large real estate project comprising over 700 residential units located in Barsha South, Dubai.

  • Acted for the consortium on a financing of the 800MW DEWA solar plant in Dubai (expected to be the world’s largest photovoltaic energy generation on a single site).

Admissions

  • England & Wales~United Kingdom (2003)
  • Dubai - Registered Legal Consultant

Education

  • Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, UK (Islamic Finance Qualification) (2015)
  • BPP Professional Education (Legal Practice Course) (2001)
  • University of Essex (Bachelor of Laws English and International Law) (1999)
  • Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen (Erasmus Prog.) (1998)

Languages

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Urdu