Christopher Hewitt

Law Clerk

  • JD, The University of Sydney, 2015
  • BComm (Finance), The University of Sydney, 2012

Qualifications

  • England and Wales, Solicitor, 2017
  • New South Wales, Australia, Solicitor, 2016
  • The Law Society of New South Wales
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority

Christopher Hewitt

Law Clerk

Chris joined the New York office of Ropes & Gray in 2022 as a law clerk in the firm's private equity group. Prior to joining the firm, Chris was an associate in the M&A group of a Magic Circle law firm in its Singapore and UAE offices.

Chris focuses on assisting private equity sponsors and their portfolio companies in connection with a broad range of transactions, including U.S. and international mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, leveraged buyouts and equity investments. He has extensive experience handling cross-border matters involving foreign direct investment and joint ventures.

Chris' work also includes advising clients on corporate governance and general corporate matters.

Experience

Private M&A

  • Represented Mubadala Healthcare on its acquisition of UEMedical, a regional portfolio of eight health care assets and its inaugural entry into the Saudi health care market*
  • Represented Mawarid Finance on the disposal of Salma Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital to Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA)*
  • Represented ADX-listed Aldar Properties PJSC (Aldar) on its acquisition of certain major project management and construction contracts of Modon and Musanada*
  • Represented international infrastructure funds on acquisitions and disposals of pre-construction and operating U.S. and international solar power projects*
  • Represented an ADX-listed company on the disposal of its Kazakhstan banking assets*
  • Represented Abu Dhabi Developmental Holding Company PJSC (ADQ) on its €100m convertible loan investment in a distressed integrated German travel company*
  • Represented DP World plc in relation to its acquisition of a controlling stake in DP World Australia and subsequent related shareholder arrangements*
  • Represented Mubadala Investment Company (Mubadala) on its disposal of a 30% stake in CEPSA to the Carlyle Group*
  • Represented Mubadala and its energy portfolio company on the partial disposal of its solar energy subsidiary to a leading government pension fund*
  • Represented Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC and its subsidiary NCH Ventures SPC on the disposal of Global Investment House KSCC, a Kuwaiti investment bank, to Kamco Investment Company KSCP*
  • Represented Standard Chartered Bank on the MBO divestment of its PE business and the internal restructuring of particular portfolio companies*
  • Represented Northstar in its investment by way of its VC arm, NSI Ventures, in Oway, an online travel agent and taxi-service application business in Myanmar*
  • Represented Central Group on its proposed acquisition of a majority stake in a company operating food franchises across Asia Pacific*
  • Represented the selling shareholders on the proposed sale and internal restructuring of ACR Capital Holdings to Chinese SOEs for US$1+ billion*
  • Represented IHH Healthcare on its merger with a leading health care provider*
  • Represented UEM Edgenta on its acquisition of UEMS*
  • Represented UBM plc on its acquisition of Allworld Exhibitions*
  • Represented a Chinese/Australian investment group in its private placement in an Asia Pacific Stock Exchange capital raising services company*

Public M&A

  • Represented SENAAT (an ADQ) company) on the Arkan-Emirates Steel merger*
  • Represented DXB Entertainments (DXBE) on Meraas' takeover offer to acquire 100% of DXBE's shares*
  • Represented ADQ on various on-market equity swap and block trade transactions*
  • Represented Abu Dhabi Power Corporation PJSC on its US$54.5 billion combination of its electricity and water distribution, transmission network and generation assets with TAQA*
  • Represented Mubadala on its block trade of certain of its shares in DFM-listed Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC (Du) to Emirates Investment Authority*
  • Represented Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC on its multi-billion dollar three-way merger with Union National Bank PJSC and Al Hilal Bank PJSC*

Joint Ventures

  • Represented the Tawazun Strategic Development Fund on its JV to develop and distribute civilian-use helicopters*
  • Represented the Abu Dhabi Advanced Technology Institute on its JV with an Italian-based design house to develop prototype high-tech vehicles and software*
  • Represented the wholly owned subsidiary of a global financial services firm on its proposed joint venture with a local emerging markets investor*
  • Represented Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) on its joint venture with Hughes Network Systems to provide commercial satellite broadband services across Africa, the Middle East and Southwest Asia*
  • Represented a state-owned investment fund on its subsidiaries' proposed joint venture with a Chinese P2P payments company*

Other

  • Represented newly established start-up, PearlX Infrastructure on its form of virtual power plant commercial lease*
  • Represented Mubadala on the reorganization and multi-billion dollar monetization of its green energy assets*
  • Represented Americana on the reorganization of its businesses in 20+ jurisdictions and re-domiciled into a new FDI-exempted UAE Holdco structure*
  • Represented Network International on its USD2.2bn initial public offering and listing on the Premium Segment of the London Stock Exchange*
  • Represented the Abu Dhabi Government on the reorganization of various of its strategic infrastructure companies under a new management holding company, ADQ*
  • Represented Keppel Capital on the listing of Keppel-KBS US REIT on the Singapore Stock Exchange for US$553 million*
  • Represented Standard Chartered Bank on the sale of its non-performing loans in an Indian conglomerate and the restructuring of the intercreditor arrangements*
*Experience prior to joining Ropes & Gray
  • JD, The University of Sydney, 2015
  • BComm (Finance), The University of Sydney, 2012

Qualifications

  • England and Wales, Solicitor, 2017
  • New South Wales, Australia, Solicitor, 2016
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