Caroline O’Hare is counsel in the Finance practice.
She is a senior banking and finance and corporate lawyer with more than 30 years of experience advising the world’s top banking and finance institutions and corporates, specializing in international and cross-border banking and finance deals. She possesses a Magic Circle pedigree and significant in-house experience in both banks and companies.
She focuses on delivering expert legal advice and opinion on major transactions for tier-one conventional and Islamic banking and finance clients and for multi-national and large local corporates, with additional experience in general corporate, regulatory and compliance, real estate, marine, asset finance, education, healthcare, projects and M&A environments. Caroline has built up a wealth of international experience over many years of acting for both lenders and borrowers in all types of conventional and Islamic financings. She has advised on ship, aircraft, road and rail financings, acquisition finance, major restructurings and a wide range of Islamic products, including advising on the structuring and development of new Islamic products.
She first came to Dubai to work in the UAE in 1989 and has travelled and worked for clients throughout the Middle East region. She has a depth of understanding of the regional laws, business environment and culture. Combining this with her international experience in major onshore and offshore firms, she provides world-class service to her clients and demonstrates sound business acumen together with the determination to drive deals through to a successful conclusion.
She was previously a partner with Clifford Chance with whom she worked for 15 years and was responsible for their Gulf-wide finance practice. She was office managing partner in Moscow for leading offshore firm Conyers Dill & Pearman. She also worked as a finance partner for Hadef in Dubai.
Caroline has always been rated highly by her clients as a trusted adviser and as a go-to transactional lawyer. She has been ranked as the UAE’s top finance lawyer by Chambers Global.
LLB (Hons), Law
Law Society Final Examination, Law