Richard Ernest is an English-qualified partner in the Dubai office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is a member of the firm’s Global Finance and Financial Institutions Practice Groups.
Mr. Ernest’s practice focuses on banking and finance, principally advising borrowers/investors (but also lenders) on all aspects of finance transactions, as well as the financing of domestic and cross-border acquisitions and general corporate lending. In addition to corporate finance, he is experienced in Islamic and conventional leveraged and structured finance, project and ECA-backed finance, acquisition finance, real estate finance, and restructurings and workouts.
Mr. Ernest is ranked by Chambers Global 2019 as a leading lawyer for United Arab Emirates: Banking & Finance. The publication quotes clients as praising his technical proficiency and “good client manner”. In addition, Mr. Ernest is recommended by Legal 500 EMEA 2017 for UAE: Banking & Finance and also ranked by IFLR1000 2019 as ‘highly regarded’ for UAE: Banking.
Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Mr. Ernest practiced with a magic circle firm, working in the London, Moscow and Frankfurt offices from 1997. He relocated to Abu Dhabi in January 2008 to help establish that office.
He speaks English, German, Spanish, Italian and Russian.
Selected Regional Experience*
*List includes experience handled by Mr. Ernest prior to joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
College of Law - Chancery Lane - 1997 Legal Practice Course
University of South Wales - 1996 Common Professional Exam
University of Exeter - 1995 Master of Arts
England & Wales - Solicitor