Joy Kadi

Joy is a qualified lawyer with significant experience in corporate and commercial law. She has a civil law background, expertise and high knowledge of UAE laws and the practical aspects in the region.

Joy's practice focuses on corporate, commercial and M&A projects. She has expertise in expansion projects across the UAE and has provided support to businesses on UAE corporate structuring & restructuring projects, cross-border acquisitions and commercial-related matters including drafting of commercial agreements and advising on consumer protection compliance. Joy's practice covers a range of industries within the wider corporate/ commercial sector including but not limited to technology, energy, e-commerce, retail, healthcare, F&B, leisure & hotels and cosmetics.

Joy's particular forte lies in navigating complex licensing arrangements and commercial arrangements, making her an invaluable asset for clients seeking precise legal insights. Colleagues and clients often turn to Joy for her insights on complex corporate and commercial matters. Joy has been nominated for the Rising Star category at the Lexis Nexis Middle East Women in Law Awards for two consecutive years (2023 and 2024) as a testament to her exceptional contributions. She has also been nominated for the Most Promising Newcomer Award at the Middle East Legal Awards 2024 (MELA).


Joy's deal experience in the region includes acting for:

  • Gladstone Investment Corporation's portfolio company Specialized Fabrication Equipment Group LLC on their cross-border acquisition of CPMT Holdings Corp. and subsidiaries, including Climax Portable Machine Tools, Inc. (Deal value: USD 85 million) and post-completion related matters.
  • Le Creuset, a French manufacturer of cookware on consumer protection compliance.
  • doTerra, an oil essential business with an international presence, to launch its specialised oil products in the UAE market, including incorporating their company in Dubai and advising on regulatory matters as well as employment/ HR-related matters and commercial agreements with contractors and customers.
  • Spanish hotel operator, Barcelo Hotel Group, on its Middle East hotel management operations and regulatory compliance.
  • SHEIN, a leading Chinese e-commerce platform company on its Middle East operations and regulatory compliance.
  • A UAE-based entity on a challenging power generation project in the Port of Aden, Yemen (deal value: USD 32 million).
  • Biogroup, a French leader group of medical analysis laboratories in France for its potential 100% acquisition, which involved advising on local healthcare regulatory matters and licensing requirements related to the potential seller, Unilabs, a Swiss-based business that has a network of clinical labs, blood collection centres and imaging centres across Europe (deal value: USD 5 billion).
  • Network International on the acquisition of point of sale (POS) and e-commerce portfolio of a UAE bank based in Dubai (deal value: $18 million).
  • E&'s participation as lead investor in Almentor (a leading Arabic-language educational platform) in their $10 million pre-series C round; and
  • Blockchain Coinvestors Acquisition Corp. on the acquisition of a financial technology company, Qenta Inc. (deal value: $622 million).