Jonathan Burton

Norton Rose Fulbright (Middle East) LLP

United Arab Emirates
T:+971 (4) 3696371
United Arab Emirates
T:+971 (4) 3696371
Jonathan Burton

Jonathan Burton



Jonathan Burton is a corporate lawyer based in Dubai.  With over ten years of regional experience, Jonathan has a demonstrated track record of providing corporate and commercial assistance to multi-nationals, family offices / conglomerates and ultra-high net worth individuals on their Middle Eastern business and operations.

In addition, his practice focuses on advising private and government-related entities on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate commercial contracts. His experience spans a broad range of sectors including technology, social infrastructure, consumer markets, tourism, energy, and defence.

Jonathan regularly advises on strategic joint ventures and business expansion strategies across the GCC, particularly within the United Arab Emirates and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He also has a wealth of experience in leading on foreign direct investment, market establishment and regional expansion mandates.

Prior to joining the firm, Jonathan was in-house Legal Counsel for a hospitality group across Southern Africa.

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.
  • "Grab" (Cursus Technologies) - on a joint venture in the UAE and a concession agreement with Dubai International Airport.
  • UAE's largest real estate developer - on a US$42m level 1-3 technology outsourcing contract.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • English


The New UAE Companies Law

Publication | December 22, 2021