John C. Boehm, Jr.

Partner-In-Charge, Dubai & Riyadh

Fulbright & Jaworski LLP

John C. Boehm, Jr.

Dubai - Festival Tower

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John Boehm has been a partner since 1993, and has resided and practiced law in the Middle East since 2006.
In the area of corporate and business transactions, he regularly advises clients on the formation, financing, governance and operation of companies, joint ventures and distribution arrangements in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other countries in the region. He has handled mergers and acquisitions for a wide variety of companies (including manufacturers, technology and media companies and health care systems) as well as debt and equity offerings.
He has represented clients in project finance and privatization transactions involving health care systems, toll roads, telecommunications systems and industrial and petrochemical facilities. Such work includes teaming agreements for joint bids, and EPC and separate contracts for the design, construction and supply for the project, as well as utility contracts and off-take agreements.
His work with debt financing includes matters involving senior, mezzanine and subordinate debt, working capital loans, asset-backed loans, debt backed by letters of credit and insurance policies, convertible debt, and a variety of other debt products, such as variable rate demand tender debt, auction securities, interest rate swaps and hedges.
He also represents clients in supply chain and distribution management issues, including procurement programs and contracts, outsourcing transactions, software and technology licensing and product development agreements, franchising and distribution agreements.
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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


    • Represents a Saudi holding company in its joint ventures for oil and gas exploration, drilling, platform construction, industrial gases production and oilfield services
    • Represents an oilfield equipment manufacturer in its operations in Saudi Arabia
    • Represents a US chemical manufacturer in connection with Saudi Arabian and UAE matters, including in connection with joint venture operations
    • Represented several North American and European design and technology companies in bids for projects in Saudi Arabia and the UAE
    • Represented a US equipment manufacturer in the acquisition of 50% of a joint venture with a Saudi distribution company
    • Represented a US systems manufacturer in establishing a joint venture with a UAE distribution company
    • Represented an Asian chemicals company in establishing a joint venture for an integrated petrochemical complex in the Gulf


    • Advise an equity partner on a combined conventional and Islamic financing in excess of $1 billion for Saudi Arabian refinery
    • Advise an equity partner on a combined conventional and Islamic financing in excess of $2 billion for a Saudi Arabian downstream products facility
    • Advise an equity partner on a financing for Saudi Arabian petrochemicals facility in Jubail
    • Advise 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
    • Advise equity partner in financing industrial gases plants in Yanbu and Jubail
    • Advise operating companies on various conventional and Islamic facilities to provide financing for undertaking contracts in Saudi Arabia.


    • Represents a US health care company in its ventures to develop and manage hospitals in the Middle East
    • Represents a US university health center in connection with activities in the Middle East
    • Represented a European pharmaceutical company in its operations in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, including in joint venture operations
    • Represented 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
    • Represented 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
    • Advised in connection with the reorganization of a county-wide health care system and its transfer to a special purpose district 
  • 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" Released Through American Business Council of Dubai and the Northern Emirates and Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. May 2012
  • 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