Jonathan Burton

Norton Rose Fulbright (Middle East) LLP

United Arab Emirates
T:+971 4 369 6371
United Arab Emirates
T:+971 4 369 6371
Jonathan Burton

Jonathan Burton



Jonathan Burton is a corporate lawyer based in Dubai.  His experience covers corporate/commercial related matters and cross-border transactions.

Jonathan has worked in the region for more than ten years, advising on cross-border mergers, acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures (in a variety of sectors including, but not limited to technology, energy, hospitality, retail, F&B, defence and security, and manufacturing), private equity transactions and foreign direct investment acting for multinationals, government agencies, SME's and ultra-high net worth individuals (including notable Dubai and Middle Eastern based family offices).

Prior to joining the firm, Jonathan was in-house Legal Counsel for a hospitality group across Southern Africa. Before qualifying as a lawyer, he served in the British Military and brings experience which complements his technology, defence and security practice.

Professional experience

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  • Legal Practitioners Course (LPC) – The College of Law, Guildford, United Kingdom (2002)
  • Bachelor's of Law (LLB Hons) - University of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom (2000)
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 2007


  • A confidential client - on its provision of an online delivery platform for leading UAE supermarket Spinneys.
  • Standard Chartered Bank - on the outsourcing of asset management and lease administration services across the Bank's commercial property portfolio across Europe, the Americas, Africa, MENAP (Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan), South Asia, ASEAN, North-East Asia and Greater China to CBRE.
  • Standard Chartered Bank - on its Group Master Services Agreement and arrangements across the GCC region
  • Credit Suisse – on its group Master Services Agreement and arrangements, and implementation/compliance across the GCC region.
  • First Abu Dhabi Bank – on its Intra-Group Services Agreement and arrangements and compliance across the GCC region.
  • An all-electric vehicle automotive brand - on its funding rounds and expansion (and joint venture arrangements) into the GCC region.
  • A KSA based private equity firm - on their cross-border investment by way of private placement into the MENA's leading payment processing platform.
  • Decision Sciences International Corporation - on the supply and sale of a millimetre wave threat detection system to a GCC Government agency.
  • A South African consortium - on a 15-year border security tender for South Africa.
  • ProtectedBy.AI, a US-based company - on the development and supply of AI based products to be sold to global intelligence agencies.
  • UAE's largest real estate developer - on a US$42m level 1-3 technology outsourcing contract.
  • "Grab" (Cursus Technologies) - on a joint venture in the UAE and a concession agreement with Dubai International Airport.
  • An online celebrity (net worth US$1.5bn) (family office) - on a series of M&A transactions.
  • A Swiss-based technology business - on the development and IP protection of an advanced robotics targeting system for the UAE Government.
  • A Dutch-based e-scooter start-up - on its market entry and franchise agreements into the UAE and KSA.
  • Urban Company - on all corporate and commercial matters in the UAE and KSA.
  • English


The New UAE Companies Law

Publication | December 22, 2021