John C. Boehm, Jr.

Partner-In-Charge, Dubai & Riyadh

John C. Boehm, Jr.

Dubai - Festival Tower

T:+971 4 293 2103

F:+971 4 293 2223

Houston

T:+1 713 651 5565

F:+1 713 651 5246

Riyadh

T:+966 11 279 5400

F:+966 11 419 8278

John Boehm has been a partner since 1993, and has resided and practiced law in the Middle East since 2006.

John has more than three decades of experience advising US, GCC, European and Asian companies and government entities on corporate transactions and the conduct of their business operations in the Middle East. He has advised on a broad range of mergers and acquisitions, equity investments, debt and equity offerings, project financings, privatizations and restructurings in a wide variety of sectors, including energy, petrochemicals, power and water, manufacturing, technology, media, telecommunications and health care.

John is a former President of the American Business Council of Dubai and the Northern Emirates. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Middle Eastern Business Transactions at the University of Houston Law Center. John holds a J.D. with high honors from the University of Texas School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Virginia, and is a member of the State Bar of Texas.

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  • Education

    Mr. Boehm received a B.A. in 1976 from the University of Virginia and a J.D., with high honors, from The University of Texas in 1984. Mr. Boehm was admitted to practice law in Texas in 1984.

  • Representative experience

    John's experience includes advising:

    Projects
    • a North American technology company in connection with a transportation project in Saudi Arabia
    • a European water/wastewater company in connection with bids and projects in Saudi Arabia
    • a Saudi healthcare company in connection with a health system project in Saudi Arabia
    • a European water/wastewater company in connection with projects in the UAE
    • a Saudi Arabian steel company in connection with the construction, financing and start-up of its plant, and ongoing representation in operations
    • Saudi equity partner in connection with industrial gases projects in Saudi Arabia
    • numerous companies on bidding and contracting with government entities in Saudi Arabia
    Energy
    • a Saudi holding company in its joint ventures for oil and gas exploration, drilling, platform construction, industrial gases production and oilfield services
    • an oilfield equipment manufacturer in its operations in Saudi Arabia
    • a US chemical manufacturer in connection with Saudi Arabian and UAE matters, including in connection with joint venture operations
    • several North American and European design and technology companies in bids for projects in Saudi Arabia and the UAE
    • a US equipment manufacturer in the acquisition of 50% of a joint venture with a Saudi distribution company
    • a US systems manufacturer in establishing a joint venture with a UAE distribution company
    • an Asian chemicals company in establishing a joint venture for an integrated petrochemical complex in the Gulf
    Finance
    • lenders on Saudi Arabian legal issues pertaining to construction financing of approximately $215 million for a desalination, steam and power generation plant in Saudi Arabia. Advise an equity partner on a combined conventional and Islamic financing in excess of $1 billion for Saudi Arabian refinery
    • an equity partner on a combined conventional and Islamic financing in excess of $2 billion for a Saudi Arabian downstream products facility
    • an equity partner on a financing for Saudi Arabian petrochemicals facility in Jubail
    • a project owner on financing a greenfield seamless pipe plant in Jubail involving SIDF, PIF, international and local banks and ECA, and subsequent additional expansion and Islamic working capital facilities
    • a US financial investor in the acquisition of a stake in a UAE trading company
    • an equity partner in financing industrial gases plants in Yanbu and Jubail
    • operating companies on various conventional and Islamic facilities to provide financing for undertaking contracts in Saudi Arabia.
    • multilateral lender on reorganization of its investment and conversion of loans to Saudi Arabian health care system
    • a Saudi Arabian petrochemicals manufacturer as borrower on Saudi Arabian legal issues pertaining to  $46 million financing for plant expansion and Saudi Arabian parent guarantor of those obligations
    • lenders on Saudi Arabian legal issues pertaining to $365 million refinancing of residential and hospital facilities for UAE based borrower
    • lenders and hedge providers on Saudi Arabian legal issues pertaining to financing of expansion of power plant in Saudi Arabia.
    • lenders on Saudi Arabian legal issues pertaining to financing of district cooling project for Saudi Arabia
    • a US-based multinational bank in connection with Saudi Arabian trade financing program
    • a Chinese-based multinational bank in connection with Saudi Arabian receivables lending
    Healthcare
    • a US health care company in its ventures to develop and manage hospitals in the Middle East
    • a US university health center in connection with activities in the Middle East
    • a European pharmaceutical company in its operations in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, including in joint venture operations
    • a US health care system in its merger with a former competitor, combining acute care facilities, health maintenance organizations and outpatient facilities in a single integrated system
    • a US municipal health care system in its privatization to a non-profit health care system and the subsequent creation and transfer of residual rights to a special purpose district
    • in connection with the reorganization of a county-wide health care system and its transfer to a special purpose district
    • an Asian pharmaceutical company in regulatory matters in the certain Middle East jurisdictions
    • a UK pharmaceutical company in regulatory matters in certain GCC jurisdictions
    • a European health care products company in creation of a Saudi joint venture
    • a financial investor in the restructuring and expansion of its investment in a Saudi health care provider
    • a financial investor in an investment in a Saudi industrial power and water company
    • a European-based multinational in the acquisition of control of a Saudi manufacturing company
    • a US oil field services company in the establishment of trading joint venture and acquisition of a manufacturing facility from its trading partner in Saudi Arabia
    • a US oil field services company in the acquisition of its partner's joint venture interest in Saudi Arabia
    • a US chemical company in the establishment of a trading joint venture in Saudi Arabia
    • a US oil field services company in connection with the dissolution of a joint venture company in the UAE
    • a UK food manufacturer in the establishment of a manufacturing joint venture and acquisition of factory in Saudi Arabia
    • a US chemical manufacturer in connection with Saudi Arabian and UAE matters, including in connection with joint venture operations
    • a US systems manufacturer in establishing a joint venture with a UAE distribution company
    • an Asian chemicals company in establishing a joint venture for an integrated petrochemical complex in the Gulf 
  • Professional activities
    • From 1977 to 1982, Mr. Boehm served as a Foreign Service Officer for the United States Department of State. He is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, the State Bar of Texas and the American Bar Association.  
  • Professional honors
    • Recognized in the United Arab Emirates as highly recommended in Projects & Energy by the Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa (2011, 2013)
  • Speaking engagements
    • Presentation on the US legal system at College of Law, Basra University, April 2014
    • Presentations on Covenants, Indemnities, Representations and Warranties at the Contract Drafting Seminar, USEK, , USEK Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Faculty of Law, Beirut, Lebanon, March 2014
    • Presentations on Joint Ventures and Strategic Alliances at the Mergers and Acquisitions International Seminar, USEK Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Faculty of Law, Beirut, Lebanon, March 2013
    • Presentation to Korean Chamber of Commerce in Seoul, Korea May 2012 on Doing Business in Saudi Arabia
    • Presentation to American Institute of Architects Middle East Architects in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia October 2012 on Teaming Agreements between International and Local Firms
    • Adjunct Professor at University of Houston Law School for class Doing Business in the Arab Middle East (Spring 2013)
     
  • Publications
    • Co-Author, "New Saudi Arbitration Law: A Positive Step, but Practical Questions Remain," Fulbright Briefing, September 4, 2012.
    • Co-Author, "Doing Business in Saudi Arabia" and "Doing Business in United Arab Emirates" American Business Council of Dubai and the Northern Emirates, annual membership directory. 
  • Civic involvement
    • Iraqi Women's Fellowship Foundation (IWFF), Board of Directors
    • A past-President of the American Business Council of Dubai and the Northern Emirates
  • Licenses
    • Texas State Bar License
  • Languages
    • Spanish - Proficient