Gayle E. Hanlon, of counsel in the firm’s Dubai Office, handles extensive and demanding international assignments in areas of dispute resolution, arbitration, mediation, adjudication, and litigation in the UAE, as well as before international arbitral tribunals and the Dubai International Financial Centre courts.
Among her notable cases is a matter of complex commercial litigation, representing members of a Kuwaiti family against two banks, in the largest case of regulatory breach and mis-selling before the Dubai International Financial Centre courts. The case, CFI 026/2009, Rafed Al Khorafi et al v. Sarasen-Alpen (Middle East) Bank and Sarasen Bank, rendered a substantial award in October 2015 in favour of the Complainants, and is the first award of multiple damages according to U.S. law before the DIFC courts.
Gayle Hanlon is also a highly experienced business lawyer and has particular expertise in complex transactional issues, including cross-border matters and intellectual property law in the UAE, and beyond. She possesses an excellent background in M&A, structured finance and securitization, banking, and complex commercial transactions.
She previously served as Counsel to a major New York law firm and as the European General Counsel for several major U.S., German, Swiss, and Japanese companies in the banking, automotive, and IT sectors. In addition, she has acted as acting general counsel to a UAE governmental entity in the hospitality and tourism sector, gaining significant knowledge and expertise in real property and construction law in the UAE, and represents a senior member of the Ministry of the Environment in the UAE.
Ms. Hanlon is licensed to practice law in New York, where she is a member of the New York State Bar Association, and is a licensed barrister before the DIFC courts. She earned her J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law, Denver, Colorado, where she was Law Journal Editor, and her A.B., cum laude, from Stanford University, California. She also completed studies in European Community Law and ECSC Law at Freie Universität in Berlin. She is an American English speaker and is fluent in both German and French, with a good working knowledge of Spanish.
Among her early career successes, Ms. Hanlon was involved in a major antitrust litigation case brought by two U.S. manufacturers against her client, a major Japanese consumer electronics manufacturer, that went before the U.S. Supreme Court before being dismissed. She also successfully brought an arbitration on behalf of a major German corporate partner of a join venture in a substantial construction law dispute before the AAA in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Hanlon is most proud of her involvement in the successful conclusion of several joint ventures throughout the People’s Republic of China, India, Brazil, and Mexico and the securitization of a Euro 2 billion leasing portfolio of a major U.S. carmaker in Germany.