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Grace Hunt

Senior Associate

Grace has experience advising on a range of cross-border M&A, private equity, venture capital, corporate venture capital and joint venture transactions. 
Grace is a technology sector specialist and regularly advises regional and international technology businesses and investors on all stages of capital fundraisings, acquisitions and exits. Grace has practiced in London and the Middle East.

Experience

Representative matters

A financial investor on an investment of USD5bn in three of global infrastructure-led supply chain solutions provider DP World’s flagship UAE assets.
 
e& enterprise on its acquisition of a controlling interest in P2P lending platform Beehive Group. 
 
Investcorp on leading the USD100m Pre-IPO round in TruKKer, the largest digital freight network in the MENA region. 
 
A KSA corporate venture arm on numerous MENA venture capital investments.
 
Aljazira Capital as an anchor investor on Axiom Space’s USD350m Series C investment round.  
 
Aljazira Capital as lead investor on Floward’s USD156m Series C pre-IPO investment round.

Published Work

  • Grace Hunt (2021) “What does the 100 percent foreign ownership law mean for the startup ecosystem of the UAE”, Dubai: www.MENABytes.com (https://www.menabytes.com/uae-foreign-ownership-100-percent-startup-ecosystem)

Speaking Engagements

  • Chair and speaker, Venture Capital in the Middle East Roundtable, American Chamber of Commerce, 10/11/2021

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • Co-Chair of the Legal Advisory Committee, Middle East Venture Capital Association (June 2022-present)

Awards

  • LexisNexis Women in Law Awards, Nomination for Female Corporate Lawyer of the Year, 2022

Qualifications

Admissions

England and Wales, 2017

Academic

Graduate Diploma in Law, Legal Practice Course, University of Law (Moorgate), 2013-2015

BA, Politics, Queen Mary University of London, 2013

Dubai
Allen Overy Shearman Sterling LLP (practising in the Emirate of Dubai as “Allen & Overy RLLP” pending the registration completion of the new name with the relevant UAE local authorities) is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC306763.
Disclaimer
A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.