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Gulf Capital SME Insights Live
Legal perspectives: Making SMEs pandemic-proof
How to keep businesses moving after Covid-19

The containment measures adopted to mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic have hit the global economy hard. A crisis like no other, the IMF now expects global GDP to contract by 4.9 per cent this year, and this will hit business operations hard.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have smaller financial buffers and are more vulnerable to the disruption that comes with persistent lockdown and social distancing measures. During the coming recession, companies will face mounting challenges when it comes to cash flow, managing liquidity and maintaining sufficient working capital.

SMEs must learn from the experience gained this year and be prepared for any future disruptions or threats that may come in the future.

Join industry thought leaders from Gulf Capital, Charles Russell Speechlys and Lex Consortia as they provide SMEs with practical inputs on maintaining business continuity, re- negotiating contracts and navigating insolvency risks.

This exclusive webinar on the 14th of July at 1 pm, looks at what steps SMEs can take to restructure their businesses ensuring minimal loss and reducing the negative financial impact.

Key discussion points include:
• A comprehensive guide to maintaining business continuity for SMEs
• Re-negotiating contracts
• Navigating insolvency risks


• William Reichert, Partner, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
• Beenish Haider, Co-founder & Managing Partner, Lex Consortia (ex Head of Corporate & Commercial, The Legal Group)
• Simon Gilbert, Senior Legal Counsel, Gulf Capital

• Richard Thompson, Editorial Director, MEED
Jul 14, 2020 01:00 PM
Jul 28, 2020 01:00 PM
Aug 25, 2020 01:00 PM
Sep 1, 2020 01:00 PM
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William Reichert
Partner @Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
William has more than 20 years of experience advising on matters ranging from seed series investments for start-ups, to complex, multi-billion dollar matters across numerous jurisdictions. His experience includes advising on M&A, joint ventures, private equity and venture capital transactions, restructurings and compliance matters. William’s client base is very diverse and includes local and international clients across a broad range of industry sectors with a particular focus on technology, healthcare, retail, energy and real estate. He is regularly invited to speak at industry and legal events related to international trade, energy, real estate, and other areas. Prior to moving to the Middle East region, William was based in Moscow, Russia for 10 years where he was a founding partner and head of the office of a major international firm.
Beenish Haider
Co-founder & Managing Partner @Lex Consortia
Beenish Haider is the Head of Corporate and Commercial Division at The Legal Group Advocates & Legal Consultants, a leading full-service law firm in Dubai. Her expertise in Corporate and Commercial Law spans across diverse jurisdictions and regions. She has a broad spectrum of professional experience, as a Lecturer, Compliance Officer and as a Senior Corporate, Litigation and Arbitration Associate in institutions and several law firms. At The Legal Group, Beenish has several years of experience representing her domestic and international clientele, in Corporate, Commercial and Banking Litigation matters, along with providing legal advice encompassing issues faced by individuals, businesses, and corporations.
Simon Gilbert
Senior Legal Counsel @Gulf Capital
Simon is Senior Legal Counsel at Gulf Capital which is a leading alternative asset management company focusing primarily on buy-outs, growth capital, private debt and real estate projects in the Middle East. Simon is a specialist with over 18 years of legal experience and has worked on a variety of complex and large scale corporate, finance, commercial and real estate transactions. Simon’s responsibilities include drafting and negotiating M&A, real estate and joint venture agreements; recommending and implementing equity and debt structures; establishing, launching and overseeing international funds. Prior to joining Gulf Capital, Simon was a Senior Associate in the London office of leading UK law firm, Clifford Chance. At Clifford Chance, Simon worked on commercial, joint venture, real estate and finance transactions for developers, funds and banks across a broad range of complex transactions.