Gayle E. Hanlon Attorney
Of Counsel

#31, Level 3, Gate Village

Building 4, DIFC, Dubai, UAE

+971 (0) 4 4019809

Gayle E. Hanlon

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 misselling 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.


  • J.D., University of Denver College of Law, Colorado
  • B.A, cum laude, Stanford University, California
  • Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany


  • New York Bar
  • Dubai International Financial Centre

Areas of Practice

  • Business & Finance Transactions
  • Corporate Finance, Private Equity, Securities
  • Financial Institutions & OFAC
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation, Arbitration & Mediation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Regulatory Compliance

Professional Leadership

  • New York State Bar Association