Mark Gilligan specializes in corporate and commercial law. Based in the firm’s Abu Dhabi office, he provides UAE, GCC and international clients with advice on a variety of commercial transactions and arrangements, including structuring and completing commercial contracts, joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions. Having worked in both local and international law firms over the course of several years in the UAE, Mark has the technical ability and practical understanding of the legal landscape in the UAE to provide efficient and practical legal advice.
Mark has experience advising international and local clients on the legislative and regulatory considerations and alternatives applicable when operating in the UAE marketplace, including the corporate formation process both in the UAE and its Free Zones, and on distribution, commercial agency, franchising and services agreements.
Throughout his career in the UAE Mark has developed working relationships with many UAE Regulatory Agencies including the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC), Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) and Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA). Mark regularly assists clients in navigating the regulatory regimes applicable to private equity transactions, fund placement and establishment, and investment management activities in the UAE.