Chris P. Sioufi

Chris Sioufi Dechert corporate lawyer Dubai

Chris P. Sioufi


Dubai | Unit 501, Level 5, Precinct Building 2, Dubai International Financial Centre, PO Box 506675, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
+971 4 425 6330 | +971 4 425 6301


Chris P. Sioufi focuses his practice on corporate and finance transactions, especially private equity, mergers and acquisitions, funds and collective investment schemes, structured finance and Islamic finance matters.

Mr. Sioufi has assisted with numerous transactions across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and has worked with many Middle East regulatory authorities. In particular, he has worked on matters in jurisdictions spanning the GCC (UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman); other Middle Eastern countries including Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya and Syria; and Canada and the United States. He has extensive experience in the development of financial products and structures, asset management products and investment structures, and has advised on private and public corporate transactions totaling billions of dollars.

Mr. Sioufi has been recognized for his corporate and funds practice numerous times. He is ranked in Chambers Global, 2020,2018, 2017 and 2016 for Corporate/Commercial & Commercial Contracts. The directory highlights his regional practice and focus on cross-border M&A deals, as well as his "significant regulatory experience and experience of private equity transactions." Clients note he is "always spot-on in his advice and understanding of our requirements" and "he is well known and respected in the market", with interviewees highlighting his expertise in M&A and fund formation in addition to commercial contracts. He is ranked in The Legal 500 EMEA, 2020, 2019 and 2018 for Commercial, Corporate and M&A and recognized for his work on cross-border corporate transactions. In The Legal 500 EMEA, 2018, clients state he "has an excellent understanding of the dynamics of deals." Chambers Global, 2015 highlights clients' views that "his strength is his commercial sense - he sees the bigger picture." In The Legal 500 EMEA, 2014 Mr. Sioufi is highlighted for his M&A and private equity work and praised for giving "pragmatic, operational and functional advice instead of just reiterating all the applicable laws". He is ranked by Chambers Global as a leading lawyer in UAE for Corporate/M&A, where he is described as a "very experienced and extremely effective" well-known name for M&A, funds and private equity mandates. He has been listed as a leading investment fund lawyer in the UAE in the Investment Funds Handbook, a leading lawyer in Islamic Banking and Finance by Islamic Finance News, a leading lawyer in Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Investment Funds Lawyers, a leading corporate lawyer in the Middle East by Chambers and Partners, and was cited as one of Canada’s “Top 40 Lawyers under the Age of 40” by Lexpert in 2004.

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Sioufi was a partner in the Dubai office of an international law firm. His previous legal experience also includes serving as partner at two other international law firms and a Canadian law firm, and as general counsel and chief compliance officer of an Islamic investment bank in Bahrain.

  • The provisional liquidator-appointed turnaround firm on the restructuring of the Abraaj Health Care Fund, and on the sale of the fund portfolio with healthcare assets across India, Pakistan, Kenya, Nigeria and elsewhere. The sale was structured as an asset sale to an entity managed by global PE house TPG Capital. (Shortlisted and a finalist for ‘M&A Deal of the Year’ 2019 by IFLR at its Middle East Awards).
  • The largest bank in the Middle East on a US$550 million M&A transaction pursuant to which a significant stake of its credit card processing subsidiary was sold to a buy-out fund.
  • A US$2 billion infrastructure fund domiciled in Bahrain for a large regional group in collaboration with an international investment bank.
  • A leading Saudi steel manufacturer on the restructuring of various debt facilities inside and outside Saudi Arabia in an aggregate amount of more than 1.6 billion Saudi Riyals. 
  • A UAE-based investment company on a large investment in Kazakhstan in the financial services sector.
  • A regional investment bank on the acquisition of an energy consulting firm in the United States.
  • A private equity firm on the acquisition of a majority stake in an aviation company in Jordan.
  • A Bahraini-based investment bank on the acquisition of a majority stake in a chemical manufacturing company in Jordan, structured based on Shari’a principles.
  • A regional private equity firm on investment in a chain of retail pharmacies in Saudi Arabia.
  • An Islamic investment bank on the establishment of a US$1 billion investment fund.
  • An Islamic investment bank on the establishment of a US$250 million Shari’ah-compliant MENA private equity fund.
  • A Jordanian group of investors on a US$150 million acquisition transaction involving a technology company in Jordan.
  • The lead arrangers on US$230 million of Shari’a-compliant financing extended in the U.S. to a portfolio company of an Islamic investment bank.
  • A group of U.S. noteholders on the restructuring of US$260 million of Shari’a-compliant debt facilities for a U.S.-based manufacturer. 
  • A Bahrain-based Islamic investment bank on a large private equity transaction involving an oil drilling company in Libya. 
  • An Islamic investment bank on the establishment of the first collective investment scheme that allows non-Saudis to invest in the Saudi Arabia real estate market.
  • A Middle Eastern investor group on a US$300 million acquisition bid in Africa.
  • A leading UAE-based real estate developer on high-value real estate developments in Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
  • A North American public company on a US$100 million acquisition in Bahrain.
  • A group of investors on various aspects of a SAR4.5 billion private placement for a leading corporation in Saudi Arabia.
  • An Abu Dhabi-based investment bank on a US$150 million private equity fund and a US$150 million MENA public equity fund.
  • A private group of GCC investors on the establishment of investment structures for the oil & gas industry.
  • A Bahrain-based investment bank on the establishment of a US$150 million GCC real estate fund. 
  • A syndicate of lenders on a multibillion dollar secured credit facility extended to a leading Kuwait-based company. 
  • A North American aircraft manufacturer on €3.75 billion European credit facilities extended by an international syndicate of financial institutions. 
  • Two publicly listed North American corporations on US$1 billion North American credit facilities extended by a syndicate of U.S. and Canadian lenders.
  • An Islamic investment bank on various aspects of the securitisation on behalf of a client of ijaras and istisna contracts using MBS structures.
  • A North American financial institution on the securitisation of revolving pools of credit card receivables.
  • A Canadian financial institution on the securitisation of residential mortgage loans. 
  • Establishment of a North American conduit for the securitisation of new classes of assets and developing and implementing its securitisation program. 
  • A leading international financial institution on credits purchase facilities with regard to credits owed by Venezuela for certain environmental projects. 
  • Numerous acquisition and private equity transactions in different jurisdictions, across the GCC, other countries in the Middle East (including Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya and Syria) and in Canada and the United States. 
  • Private placements for companies in jurisdictions including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and Kuwait.

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

  • University of Montreal, LL.B., 1994
  • Québec, Canada
  • English
  • French
  • Arabic