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Harkee Wilson

Legal Director

CMS (UAE) LLP
Level 15 Burj Daman
Dubai International Financial Centre
Happiness Street
PO Box 506873
Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Harkee Wilson is a Legal Director in our Dubai office, where she is part of the Corporate team. Harkee has been practicing in the UAE since 2007, having originally trained and practiced in our London office before her move to the UAE, Harkee rejoined the firm in 2015.

Harkee specialises in international and domestic corporate and commercial matters. She is experience in a broad range of matters, including local and multi-jurisdictional M&A, private equity, joint ventures, investment funds, financial services regulation, employment issues, corporate establishments & reorganisations and general corporate advisory matters for both international and local clients.  Harkee has also spoken at conferences and delivered seminars on M&A in the Middle East as well as providing training direct to client transaction teams and writing articles for legal publications.

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Relevant experience

  • MENA Pay-TV Network Operator on its acquisition of a company operating 40 channels in a variety of languages including valuable sports broadcasting rights.
  • NASDAQ Listed Multinational on the share purchase of a Ras Al Khaimah Free Zone entity specializing in cathodic protection systems as part of a wider international business purchase transaction.
  • International Telecommunications Group on the acquisition of assets in jurisdictions across the Middle East including the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, as part of a global asset acquisition.
  • Leading Supply Chain Solutions provider in the information technology and digital life style products space (subsidiary of a Bombay Stock Exchange listed company) on various matters including the buyout of a private equity investor's stake in the group's Middle Eastern business and potential acquisitions of additional UAE subsidiaries.
  • Specialist US$300million Private Equity Fund on its investments in Independent Power and Water Projects in Saudi Arabia and investigation of potential targets, including advising on structuring issues and establishment of investment vehicles.
  • UAE Telecommunications Carrier on its second acquisition of shares in a telecom operator in East Africa.
  • Individual Sellers on their disposal of majority control in an East African airline operator to a UAE private equity purchaser.
  • Bahraini Investment Company on its acquisition of exclusive master franchise rights for a number of restaurant franchises across the MENA region. 
  • Technology Venture Capital Investor on various investments and pre-investment re-organisations, including into a Jebel Ali Free Zone company and two Jordanian companies.
  • Various international clients on the offering of securities, fund interests, managed account and other financial services in the UAE and the DIFC.
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Education

  • 2004 – LPC, BPP Law, London
  • 2003 – LL.B., UCL, London
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Memberships

  • Law Society of England and Wales
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Publications

  • Discrimination, cybercrime and social media: the wider implications and risks  - The Oath, December 2015
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Expertise

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30/04/2019
The New DI­FC Com­pan­ies Law Re­gime - Key Changes
With ef­fect from 12 Novem­ber 2018 (the “Im­ple­ment­a­tion Date”) the Dubai In­ter­na­tion­al Fin­an­cial Centre (the “DI­FC”) in­tro­duced the eagerly an­ti­cip­ated new com­pan­ies law re­gime which re­places the pre­vi­ous DI­FC Com­pan­ies Law (Law No.
18/02/2019
The new UAE Cent­ral Bank law
On 23 Septem­ber 2018, the Pres­id­ent of the United Ar­ab Emir­ates (“UAE”) is­sued a new Cent­ral Bank law (De­cree-Law No. 14 of 2018 (the “New Cent­ral Bank Law”) which came in­to ef­fect on 1 Oc­to­ber 2018.
24/07/2018
Wide­spread up­dates to visa and im­mig­ra­tion re­quire­ments an­nounced...
The UAE Cab­in­et an­nounced a num­ber of changes to the ex­ist­ing visa and im­mig­ra­tion re­quire­ments for non GCC na­tion­als on 13 June 2018. These in­clude the ab­ol­ish­ment of the man­dat­ory bank guar­an­tee for work­ers, a new ex­ten­ded visa for job-seekers, a new visa.
10/07/2018
Up­date to UAE Part Time Work­ing Reg­u­la­tions
In or­der to im­prove the flex­ib­il­ity in the la­bour mar­ket, cut costs and make use of hu­man re­sources with­in the UAE, the MHRE is­sued Min­is­teri­al Res­ol­u­tion No. 31 of 2018 (the Res­ol­u­tion) which came in­to force at the be­gin­ning of March 2018.
21/05/2018
UAE Cab­in­et ap­proves 100% For­eign Own­er­ship by Year End
On 20 May 2018 the UAE Cab­in­et ap­proved a de­cision to al­low 100% for­eign own­er­ship of UAE com­pan­ies.   This de­cision has been eagerly an­ti­cip­ated since last year’s amend­ments to the UAE Com­mer­cial Com­pan­ies Law (Fed­er­al Law No.
21/05/2018
New UAE Visa Sys­tem In­tro­duced to En­cour­age In­vest­ment and In­nov­a­tion
On 20 May 2018, the UAE Cab­in­et an­nounced changes to the visa re­gime in the United Ar­ab Emir­ates, to take ef­fect across all Emir­ates. There will be a new visa sys­tem, un­der which in­vestors and pro­fes­sion­als in the sci­entif­ic, re­search and tech­nic­al fields.
12/04/2018
UAE Cab­in­et ap­proves Equal Pay Le­gis­la­tion
On 10 April 2018 the United Ar­ab Emir­ates (UAE) Cab­in­et ap­proved a new law on equal wages and salar­ies for men and wo­men, aim­ing to en­sure that wo­men have equal op­por­tun­it­ies and to fur­ther em­power wo­men to par­ti­cip­ate in the UAE’s de­vel­op­ment in lead­er­ship.