Haris Meyer Hanif

Haris Meyer Hanif


Haris focuses on complex restructuring and insolvency matters, acquisition and event-driven financings and private debt transactions across the Middle East and Africa.

He has acted on some of the most innovative restructurings and financings in the region, including court supervised processes, and is known for taking a commercial approach to executing transactions.


Representative matters

A ministerial committee of the government of Saudi Arabia on a debt restructuring of systemic importance and dispute prevention work concerning a major conglomerate with businesses across the region.

Hayfin Capital on its landmark financing of a luxury residential development (Imperial Avenue in Downtown Dubai) in distressed circumstances using a highly novel and creative approach, involving multiple creditors and requiring the collaboration of the real estate regulator.

Fidera as the fulcrum creditor in the pioneering court supervised restructuring of Emirates Hospitals Group, the healthcare vertical in the KBBO Group, through the Abu Dhabi courts.

OSN, one of MENA's largest broadcasting networks, on a restructuring of its debt opposite a wide syndicate of international and regional lenders, which included the injection of an additional subordinated facility by a new lender.

Haris Meyer Hanif is highly effective and commercial and has a good grasp of a client's needs
Chambers Global UAE 2024 (Banking & Finance)
He's an excellent lawyer - the first person we call in the UAE.
Chambers Global UAE 2024 (Banking & Finance)



Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2006


University College, University of Durham, UK (LLB Law (Hons))

Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, UK (Legal Practice Course)

Allen Overy Law Firm (practicing in Riyadh as “Allen & Overy Law Firm Simplified Joint Stock Company” pending the registration completion of the new name with the relevant KSA local authorities) is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC306763.
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.