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 and has been active in the region for over 10 years. His experience covers corporate/commercial related matters and cross-border transactions.

Jonathan has advised 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 multi-nationals, 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


  • 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$42 million 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's (net worth US$1.5 billion) (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