Khamis Abulhawa

Partner

Contact details

+971.52.3584009 khamis@kyprianou.ae Jewellery & Gemplex 3 Unit No: E9, AG Tower, Level No. 13, DMCC Business Centre Plot No: DMCC-PH2-J&GPlexS Dubai, UAE

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Greek
  • Arabic (basic)

Within the United Arab Emirates (‘UAE’), Khamis Abulhawa has experience in establishing/registering free zone and offshore companies within the UAE, assists in other corporate related matters and has the experience to assist clients with applying for UAE residence permits.

In general, Khamis has wide-ranging company and commercial experience, especially in corporate advisory, corporate restructuring and finance. He advises clients regarding shareholder and joint venture agreements. He also specialises in immigration law and immovable property. The majority of his clientele comes from overseas.

Khamis has particular experience of registering companies with the Cyprus Migration Department to enable them to employ third country nationals. He provides assistance to investors for the obtaining of the Cypriot Citizenship (Citizenship by Investment scheme) or the Immigration Permit. He also advises clients in real estate matters and he focuses on property purchase and conveyancing. Khamis often carries out legal due diligence reviews of companies, issues legal opinions and assists in several other corporate law issues. In addition, he advises international banks and syndicates of banks in a wide range of finance transactions and he deals with facility agreements, secured and unsecured loans, guarantees, charges, pledge agreements and other security documents.

Credentials

  • Education LLB, University of Lancaster, UK (2008)LLM in International Business and Corporate Law, University of Lancaster, UK (2009)
  • Professional memberships Cyprus Bar AssociationNicosia Bar Association
  • Career progression Partner, Michael Kyprianou & Co. LLC (Middle East) DMCC Associate, Michael Kyprianou & Co LLC (since 2010) Legal Counsel, Michael Kyprianou & Co LLC (from 2009 until 2010)
  • Specialization Corporate and CommercialBanking and FinanceEmployment LawImmovable PropertyImmigration LawInternational Tax Planning

Experience

  • Successfully obtained the Cypriot citizenship (in accordance with the Citizenship by Investment scheme) and Immigration Permit for numerous clients, including the provision of conveyancing.

  • Successfully registered numerous companies with the Cyprus Migration Department and issued a number of work permits, yellow slips etc. in accordance with the laws of Cyprus.

  • Instructed by a law firm in the United States of America, on behalf of their client, as lender, provided legal assistance and acted as the lender’s Cyprus counsel in relation to a USD 75,000,000 facility agreement and a number of other security documents.

  • Instructed by a law firm in Russia, provided legal assistance in relation to an Escrow Agreement and a Share Sale and Purchase Agreement whereby the shares of a company incorporated in accordance with the laws of Cyprus were sold for the amount of USD 40,000,000. A legal Due Diligence Report had also been issued on the Cypriot company.

  • Instructed by a Fund and a Bank in Malta, issued a legal opinion in relation to a share pledge agreement that was entered into as security for a loan, of the amount of USD 15,500,000, that was made available to the borrowers.

  • Instructed by a law firm in the United States of America, provided an expert opinion in relation to the corporate veil principles in Cyprus for the purposes of a legal action in the United States of America against a holding company incorporated under the laws of Cyprus.