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Harkee Wilson

Legal Director

CMS (UAE) LLP
Level 15 Burj Daman
Dubai International Financial Centre
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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23 February 2021
CMS Guide to Anti-Bribery and Cor­rup­tion Laws
We are de­lighted to present the sixth edi­tion of the CMS Guide to Anti-Bribery and Cor­rup­tion Laws
03 June 2020
UAE Eco­nom­ic Sub­stance No­ti­fic­a­tion
The dead­lines for fil­ing eco­nom­ic sub­stance no­ti­fic­a­tions are on the ho­ri­zon (or in­deed just passed). In or­der to com­ply with the reg­u­la­tions in­tro­duced on 1 Janu­ary 2019 con­cern­ing eco­nom­ic sub­stance...
12 May 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to the leg­al as­pect for com­pany dir­ect­ors & CEOs
Even be­fore the COV­ID-19 glob­al pan­dem­ic, dir­ect­ors of com­pan­ies were un­der great­er scru­tiny than ever, with in­creas­ing con­cerns be­ing ex­pressed over gov­ernance and even the fun­da­ment­al pur­pose of com­mer­cial...
11 May 2020
Dir­ect­ors Du­ties in the UAE: Part 3 – Du­ties in times of Fin­an­cial Un­cer­tainty
In­tro­duc­tion With glob­al eco­nom­ies fa­cing un­cer­tain times as a res­ult of the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic, and many busi­nesses fa­cing sig­ni­fic­ant chal­lenges to cash flow, rev­en­ue and bad debts, the pos­sib­il­ity of...
27 April 2020
Dir­ect­ors Du­ties in the UAE: Part 2 – Group Struc­tures
Dir­ect­ors’ du­ties are cur­rently in sharp fo­cus as a res­ult of the eco­nom­ic con­di­tions caused by the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic and the de­cisions dir­ect­ors are be­ing re­quired to make in re­la­tion to their busi­nesses...
15 April 2020
Dir­ect­ors Du­ties in the UAE: Part 1 – Do you know your du­ties?
In­tro­duc­tion The glob­al eco­nomy has been severely im­pacted by the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic, com­poun­ded by a steep fall in oil prices, res­ult­ing in sig­ni­fic­ant chal­lenges across a mul­ti­tude of sec­tors. Dir­ect­ors...
14 April 2020
Cov­id-19 - the New Em­ploy­ment Res­ol­u­tion and Op­tions for UAE Em­ploy­ers 
1. In­tro­duc­tion The un­pre­ced­en­ted situ­ation many UAE em­ploy­ers now find them­selves in as a res­ult of the Cov­id-19 pan­dem­ic, and the res­ult­ing eco­nom­ic cli­mate, has raised vari­ous ques­tions re­gard­ing the...
21 January 2020
New DI­FC em­ploy­ee work­place sav­ings re­gime en­acted in law
We have pre­vi­ously re­por­ted on the in­com­ing changes to the DI­FC Em­ploy­ment law to re­place end of ser­vice gra­tu­ity en­ti­tle­ments with a new defined con­tri­bu­tion work­place sav­ings re­gime (ht­tps://www.c...
12 December 2019
Im­ple­ment­a­tion of DI­FC Em­ploy­ee Work­place Sav­ing plans delayed
We re­cently re­por­ted on the pro­posed amend­ments to the DI­FC Em­ploy­ment Law (DI­FC Law No. 2 of 2019) (the “Em­ploy­ment Law”) and the in­tro­duc­tion of reg­u­la­tions in con­nec­tion with the re­place­ment of...
31 October 2019
DI­FC Em­ploy­ee Work­place Sav­ing Plans – Fur­ther De­vel­op­ments
The Dubai In­ter­na­tion­al Fin­an­cial Centre (“DI­FC") has pub­lished its pro­posed amend­ments to the re­cently is­sued DI­FC Em­ploy­ment Law (DI­FC Law No. 2 of 2019) (the “Em­ploy­ment Law”) and an in­tro­duc­tion...
15 July 2019
CMS ad­vised Col­gate-Pal­molive on ac­quis­i­tion of Labor­atoires Filorga Cos­métiques
A CMS team cov­er­ing 11 jur­is­dic­tions, to­geth­er with Col­gate's US ad­visers, ad­vised Col­gate-Pal­molive in its ca. EUR 1.5bn ac­quis­i­tion of Labor­atoires Filorga Cos­métiques.Ori­gin­ally foun­ded in France...
04 July 2019
The New DI­FC Em­ploy­ment Law – Key Changes
On 30 May 2019, the Dubai In­ter­na­tion­al Fin­an­cial Centre (“DI­FC”) en­acted a new DI­FC Em­ploy­ment Law (Law No 2 of 2019) (the “New DI­FC Em­ploy­ment Law”), which re­peals and re­places the pre­vi­ous...