"Having been based in the Middle East for 15 years, I have a strong affinity for the region and have worked on many of the region’s groundbreaking corporate deals."
Scott is a corporate lawyer based in the Middle East. He has more than 15 years' experience in the region, and has been based in the Linklaters’ office in Dubai since it opened in 2006. Scott is now managing partner of our UAE offices.
Scott is ranked as a "Leading Lawyer" in Legal 500, "Leading Individual" in IFLR1000 and as a "Band 1 Notable Practitioner" in Chambers Global (in both their UAE and Middle East-wide catalogues).
Scott has led on a wide range of corporate M&A and corporate finance transactions. These include advising:
- Emaar Properties on the IPO of Emaar Malls. Following the success of this IPO, the law was changed to incorporate the legal structure Linklaters had put in place as a template for future IPOs
- Investment Corporation of Dubai and Dubai Aluminium on the merger of Dubai and EMAL to create Emirates Global Aluminium. This was the first tender offer in the UAE
- Bahrain Telecommunication Company on its US$1bn acquisition of the Monaco and Islands assets of Cable & Wireless
- Emirates Bank International on its US$12bn merger with the National Bank of Dubai
- Barclays Bank on the disposal of its UAE retail banking business to ADIB (IFLR M&A Deal of the Year 2014)
- Lloyds Bank on the sale of its UAE businesses to HSBC
- Standard Chartered Private Equity on a US$175m equity investment in Nuqul Group’s FINE Hygienic Holding
Education and qualifications
Scott studied law at Auckland University.