John Martin St.Valery OBE


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John is a distinguished 26-year veteran of the UAE business landscape. As the founder of the region’s leading company formation and restructuring firm, John has played a pivotal role in helping countless individuals and organisations navigate the complexities of the Middle Eastern market. His commitment to integrity, probity, and excellence has earned him the trust of numerous local partners and foreign stakeholders.

John’s significant contributions were recognised in Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s final New Year’s Honors list, where he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), an honor presented by King Charles III.

Beyond his professional achievements, John served as Chair of the British Chamber of Commerce Dubai (formerly BBG) championing British business interests. His dedication to fostering trusted relationships and promoting business excellence continues. 

John works across the firm’s verticals assisting our lawyers with strategic advice, key client engagement and the implementation of best practices in everything we do. 

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