Overview

Jad Taha is a partner in Mayer Brown's Corporate & Securities practice. Jad routinely advises domestic and international clients on local and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, private equity, corporate restructurings and general corporate and commercial matters, with a focus on inbound and outbound investments in the United States and the Middle East. His experience also includes advising on global mobility practices and procedures.

Jad is an active member of the firm's Middle East practice and the International Joint Venture & Strategic Alliance practice, and has played a key role in the opening of the firm's office in Dubai and in setting up the firm's cooperation arrangement in Saudi Arabia. Prior to joining the firm, Jad was an associate in an international law firm's Washington DC, Chicago and Abu Dhabi offices.

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Arabic
  • French

Experience

Representative Matters – US and Cross-Border

Each transaction involved the direct and indirect sale of Pampa’s equity stakes in holding and portfolio companies in the Netherlands, Spain, Argentina and Brazil, as well as antitrust analyses in Argentina and Brazil.

  • Advised a Moroccan investment company on its acquisition of a majority equity stake in a Florida-based olive oil producer and distributor on a cash and debt basis.
  • Advised Shiseido Americas Corporation, a Japanese multinational cosmetics manufacturer and distributor, on the corporate implementation of an internal tax-based restructuring.
  • Advised a multinational strategy consulting company on its potential acquisition by merger with a Virginia-based data collection and management service provider.
  • Advised a US-based project development company on the corporate implementation of an internal tax-based restructuring and the acquisition of a UK-based specialist renewable energy business with a US subsidiary.
  • Advised a multinational private equity firm with offices in New York, Bogota and Lima on its $50,000,000 investment in the Delaware investment arm of a private operator of wireless communications infrastructure with subsidiaries in Barbados, Colombia, Peru and Spain through a capital subscription and corporate restructuring in the target group.
  • Advised a multinational strategy consulting company on its potential acquisition by merger with a Virginia-based data collection and management service provider.
  • Advised a US-based project development company on an internal tax-based restructuring and the acquisition of a UK-based specialist renewable energy business with a US subsidiary.
  • Advised, in two separate transactions, a major Texas-based mortgage originator and service provider on its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of a regional mortgage company. The transaction involved post-closing purchase price adjustments and production-based earn-out payments.
  • Advised a leading multinational company and engineer, designer and manufacturer of engine products on contractual and commercial disputes involving its distributors in Europe and the Middle East.
  • Advised Reignwood Investments UK Ltd., a Chinese-based conglomerate, on its US$105 million acquisition of a majority equity stake in Voss of Norway ASA, a Norwegian artesian bottled water company. Transaction overview can be found at: http://www.wsj.com/articles/norways-voss-says-chinas-reignwood-to-buy-majority-stake-1452546071.
  • Advised W. R. Grace & Co., a global chemical company, on an internal restructuring to facilitate the legal separation of its business lines in preparation for the spinoff of its construction and container business into a separate public company. Transaction overview can be found at: http://investor.grace.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=112313&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=138419.
  • Advised Gannett Co., Inc., an NYSE-listed publishing and digital media company, on the internal restructuring of its US subsidiaries in preparation for the legal separation of its publishing business from its broadcast and media business (now, TEGNA Inc.) and the spin-off of its publishing business to its public stockholders.
  • Advised Ito En, Ltd., a Japanese multinational beverage company specializing in tea production, distribution and sales, on the acquisition of Distant Lands Coffee, a vertically-integrated coffee company with operations in the US, Colombia and Costa Rica, by way of a reverse-triangular merger.  Transaction overview can be found at: https://stir-tea-coffee.com/tea-report/ito-en-buys-distant-lands/.
  • Advised Yum! Brands, Inc. on the legal separation of Pizza Hut, KFC and Taco Bell into separate groups of companies as part of a restructuring spanning over multiple jurisdictions. 
  • Advised Leemar Investments FZE, a UAE-based investment company managed by the Director General of the Office of H. H. The Crown Prince of Dubai, on the acquisition of a 50% equity stake in each of Go Fast Sports & Beverage Company, a US manufacturer of energy drinks, and Go Fast Gum Company, a US manufacturer of energy chewing gum, in addition to intercompany IP transfers and execution of joint venture agreements documenting the strategic alliance between buyer and seller post-closing.
  • Advised Ingersoll-Rand plc, a global diversified industrial company, on the internal restructuring of its group of companies spanning over multiple jurisdictions in advance of the spin-off of its security business into Allegion plc.
  • Advised Weatherford International, one of the world’s largest oil and natural gas service companies, on due diligence and the sale of three of its business lines in the context of an auction to multiple buyers across seven jurisdictions. 
  • Advised a Delaware-based construction and transport safety company and its subsidiaries on the transfer of assets to a US private equity firm as part of a debt satisfaction and equity investment arrangement.

Representative Matters – Middle East

  • Advised SYSTRA, a global mass transit engineering and design firm specializing in rail and public transport, on the indirect acquisition of the Dubai subsidiary of International Bridge Technologies, a global bridge design company.
  • Advised an Egyptian engineering consultancy firm on drafting and negotiation of a multimillion dollar service contract with a US publicly-listed integrated automated supply chain technology, software and services company.
  • Advised a multinational consulting firm on corporate governance, commercial and employment arrangements in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
  • Advised a leading global engineer, designer and manufacturer of engine products on contractual and commercial disputes involving its distributors in Europe and the Middle East.
  • Advised a multinational engineering and consulting group specializing in rail and public transport on the indirect acquisition of a civil engineering firm in Dubai.
  • Advised CLARCOR Inc., a leading global manufacturer and supplier of gas turbine air inlet filtration systems on a strategic alliance with a joint venture partner in Saudi Arabia.
  • Advised Rockwell Collins, a leading multinational service provider of avionics and information technology systems to governments and aircraft manufacturers, on a strategic alliance with the Advanced Military Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Center (AMMROC), an Abu Dhabi-based aircraft maintenance and defense contractor and joint venture company owned by Mubadala, Sikorsky and Lockheed Martin.
  • Advised a leading multinational management consulting firm on corporate and employment compliance across the Middle East.
  • Advised a leading Abu Dhabi-based integrated technology solutions company on the acquisition of the exclusive licensee of Vodafone in Egypt.
  • Advised an Abu Dhabi-based management, logistics and operations consultant on a US$80 million capital injection by a key Qatari shareholder.
  • Advised Securitas UAE LLC, a Dubai-based security company, on the creation of the largest fire and safety training company in the UAE under a special license from the Dubai Civil Defense (DCD) in the context of a strategic alliance with the DCD.
  • Advised a leading multi-sector UAE company on the negotiation of a joint venture termination and related contractual and commercial issues involving its joint venture partner in Abu Dhabi.
  • Advised National Industrialization Company (Tasnee) on the setup, licensing and operation of a multibillion dollar industrial petrochemical plant in the context of an offtake and marketing joint venture with Saudi Aramco in Jubail Industrial City, Saudi Arabia. 
  • Advised Kellogg Company on its acquisition of Pringles from Procter & Gamble in the context of its prospective supply and distribution of products in the Middle East.
  • Advised a global shipping group on due diligence and the acquisition of an equity stake in a Dubai-based shipping company, as well as corporate and internal restructuring of the target company.
  • Advised Brasil Foods S.A. (now, BRF S.A.), the world’s second largest food processor by revenue, on its incorporation and licensing of a joint venture vehicle and food processing plant in the UAE.
  • Advised a leading electronics manufacturer on principles of maintaining control over a joint venture and profit-sharing arrangement with a strategic partner in Qatar.
  • Advised Louis Vuitton (Paris) on corporate governance, compliance matters and commercial initiatives across the Middle East.

Education

University of Florida Levin College of Law, JD, cum laude

During law school, Jad took part in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court in Vienna, Austria. Jad is also a law school recipient of book awards in European community law, European tax law and international human rights.

College of Charleston, BS, cum laude, Biochemistry

College of Charleston, BA, cum laude, Chemistry

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Emirate of Dubai

Memberships

  • New York State Bar Association - Member
  • American Bar Association - Member