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Manuela Belmontes

Maples and Calder Dubai
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Manuela's main areas of practice are international capital markets and finance (principally aircraft finance, Islamic finance, structured finance and banking).  She has worked on a number of notable sukuk transactions and other Islamic compliant financings, conventional debt offerings and debt issuance programmes as well as bespoke securitisations for clients based in the Middle East, Europe and North America. Manuela regularly advises on aircraft finance transactions for aircraft carriers and leasing companies in the Middle East.  Manuela also has broad experience in the establishment and maintenance of a variety of Cayman Islands investment structures and funds, and regularly advises on general corporate and commercial matters, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganisations and joint venture arrangements.

Professional Background

Manuela joined the Dubai office of Maples and Calder in 2007 and was elected as a partner in 2015.  Prior to that, she worked with another law firm in the Cayman Islands, with Clifford Chance LLP in London and with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Toronto.

Manuela has been ranked as a "Band 2" lawyer by Chambers Global, where she continues to receive high praise for her finance practice, and has been named as a leading lawyer by Islamic Finance News.  She was also named as an "external counsel of the year" for the UAE by Asian-Mena Counsel Magazine.


York University, Canada, LLB (1996) and BBA (Hons) (1993)


Italian (spoken)

Professional / Civic Activities

Manuela is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Law Society of England and Wales.

Bar Admissions

1998 - Admitted as a barrister and solicitor in Ontario, Canada (does not practise as a solicitor in Canada)
2002 - Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales (does not practise as an English solicitor)
2003 - Admitted as an attorney-at-law in the Cayman Islands

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