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Rodolphe R. A. Pellerin focuses his practice on corporate matters, particularly mergers and acquisitions, private equity, capital markets transactions and corporate restructurings.

Mr. Pellerin works with clients in a range of industries, including financial services, energy, insurance, pharmaceutical and consumer products. He is experienced in handling cross-border transactions, particularly between the United States, Europe and the Middle East.

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Pellerin was an associate in the Dubai and New York offices of an international law firm.

Significant Representations

  • Represented a Bahrain-based private equity house in connection with the sale of a minority interest in a Turkish fruit juice manufacturing company.
  • Represented a regional private equity house in connection with the sale of a minority interest in a Qatar-based construction and engineering company catering to the oil and natural gas industry.
  • The disposal by a UAE entity of a part-share in an Asian port-project, and related revised shareholder arrangements with its new and existing joint venture partners.
  • Emirates NBD, the largest bank by assets in the Middle East, in connection with the sale of a 49% stake of its credit card-processing subsidiary Network International LLC to Abraaj Capital, a Dubai-based private-equity firm that manages US$6.6 billion, for a total consideration of approximately US$550 million (which transaction was short-listed by International Financial Law Review magazine’s Middle East “Deals of the Year” in 2011).
  • A sovereign wealth fund in connection with the disposal of companies and assets in various jurisdictions, including India, the Republic of Georgia, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman.
  • A NYSE-listed mortgage lender in connection with a Regulation D private placement of participating preferred convertible stock and a subsequent rights offering and institutional backstop.
  • A mortgage servicer in connection with the sale of its affordable housing debt business to Citigroup for approximately US$1.2 billion in cash and the assumption of related debt.
  • A provider of trading software and services to brokerage and publicly traded companies in connection with its reverse triangular merger with an international software provider.
  • A Kuwait-based investment firm in complying with securities law requirements associated with investments and divestures in the United States.
  • The Government of Kuwait in connection with the potential privatization of the national airline.
  • A Lebanon-based back office solution provider in connection with the acquisition of a software provider in the United States.
  • Several small business issuers listed on the American Stock Exchange in connection with private placements of equity securities and convertible securities.
  • Saudi private investment firm Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) on its US$370 million acquisition of the 44% of shares in Dubai’s Kingdom Hotel Investments (KHI) not already held by KHC under the Dubai takeover rules, including the delisting of KHI from the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and NASDAQ Dubai (which transaction was awarded International Financial Law Review magazine’s Middle East “Deal of the Year” in 2010).
  • A French animal health care company in successfully completing a “going private” tender offer on a Nasdaq-listed Texas-based animal health care company, including the subsequent delisting of the target from Nasdaq and merger of the target into the acquisition subsidiary.
  • A major New York-based insurance company in setting up a tax efficient structure for the acquisition of an international portfolio of fixed income securities worth approximately US$300 million.
  • Advising on several acquisition transactions of private companies or private equity transactions in different jurisdictions, including the GCC, other countries in the Middle East (including Jordan, Egypt and Syria), and the United States.
  • Advised on private placements for companies in jurisdictions including Saudi Arabia, UAE and Kuwait.

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


University of Paris Nanterre - Paris X, School of Law, LL.B., 1996
School of Law, University of Reading, LL.M., 1997, Erasmus Scholarship
University of Paris Nanterre - Paris X, School of Law, Master’s Degree, 1998, with Honors
Columbia Law School, LL.M., 2004

Bar Admissions/Qualifications

New York


French Business Council of Dubai and the Northern Emirates