As a senior associate in our Dubai Corporate Group, Blake Harley focuses on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions (including IPOs, rights issues and private placements), having advised shareholders, corporations, and financial institutions/investors on the sale, purchase and issuance of private and publicly-traded equity securities.
Blake has also advised numerous global financial institutions - including commercial and investment banks, hedge funds and private equity groups and the Saudi securities regulator - on various securities and banking matters and he has also advised on a variety of corporate, commercial, contentious and other issues, including having advised several multinational manufacturing companies in connection with product recalls in the UAE.
Blake has practised in the Middle East for more than seven years, including two years in Saudi Arabia, and was recently on secondment at Honeywell for several months in 2014. He is from Canada and has also lived in Japan and Mexico. Prior to attending Osgoode Hall Law School, Blake obtained a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree majoring in finance and entrepreneurship while running his own business for five years.
Advising the shareholders on the sale of 30.6% of the shares in RAK Ceramics, the world's largest manufacturer of ceramic tiles.
Advising regional bank in connection with purchase of controlling stake in a listed financial institution in Malta (and arrangements with other banks regarding purchase financing).
Advising HSBC on its acquisition of Lloyds TSB's UAE banking business.
Advising a manufacturing company on its IPO on NASDAQ Dubai (suspended).
Advising Saudi Fransi Capital on the IPO of Saudi Arabian Airlines Catering Company.
Advising an engineering company on its IPO on the Saudi Stock Exchange (suspended).
Advising Sahara Petrochemicals on both of its last two rights issues.
Advising a home finance company on its private placement (suspended).
Advising the Saudi Capital Market Authority on revisions to its listing rules.
Advising investment arm of a regional government on the purchase of up to a 50% stake in the private banking division of a global bank.