Corporate Law

With over a decade of in-depth knowledge and experience in corporate laws, regulations and regulatory practices, Binu Karthikeyan offers comprehensive legal services across the full spectrum of corporate transactions to commercial companies, multinational corporations, ambitious domestic entrepreneurs and smaller visionaries to achieve their business and commercial objectives in UAE.

His unsurpassed combination of global insight and legal skills attuned to local knowledge allows him to understand the day-to-day issues faced by corporate clients in UAE market and handle all aspects of complex domestic and cross-border corporate transactions.

The Commercial Companies Law (Federal Law No. 2 of 2015), enacted on 1 April 2015, which came into force on 1 July 2015 makes it mandatory for all companies to develop a general framework for the corporate governance to ensure protection of shareholder rights, disclose financial data, achieve transparency and improve efficiency and integrity of company’s director board. The law paves the way for a more flexible regime in bringing a Commercial acumen to a broad variety of Company matters in UAE.  However, there are a number of significant points which Companies and potential market entrants should be aware of.

Mr. Binu is well versed in drafting all corporate documentation, agreements, and bylaws and renders well researched corporate opinions to clients which helps them in understanding the legalities involved in the business transactions and making well profound decisions prior to taking any risk in the market. His scope of corporate advisory services, in specific jurisdictions including DIFC, cover a comprehensive range of corporate matters to include:

Corporate Governance

  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Advising on board and committee structure, composition and operations
  • Rights and liabilities of company directors including their fiduciary duties, indemnity and related aspects.
  • Memorandum and Articles of association
  • Shareholder proposals
  • Advice on management of share capital including the issuance of new shares, transfer of shares and other related assistance
  • Advising on shareholder disputes and termination of shareholder agreements

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Conducting legal due diligence reviews
  • Domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions transactions
  • Preparing and negotiating acquisition agreements and shareholder agreements
  • Strategic alliances
  • Acquisitions and sales of subsidiaries
  • Divisions and assets deals
  • Advising on end deal structures.

Joint Ventures

  • Structuring joint ventures and Corporate Alliances.
  • Drafting joint venture agreements
  • Ensuring that all objectives are realized and ambiguities are clarified to the best possible extent.

Insolvency and Liquidation

  • Handling insolvency cases and liquidation of corporate entities in the UAE within the legal framework of UAE.
  • Voluntary liquidations and closure of companies/branches.
  • Advising corporate clients in financial distress and winding up.