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The successful execution of an M&A transaction requires lawyers who understand their clients' businesses and markets, including the risks associated with their sector and how they can be mitigated in a pragmatic and cost-effective manner. Our M&A team are structured according to our clients’ sectors and will work with you and your other advisers to produce innovative structures and solutions that address the risks and challenges faced in your deals.

We advise our clients on all aspects of M&A, PE/VC, capital markets (IPOs an secondaries), finance raisings, joint ventures and public or private transactions from heads of terms stage, through due diligence, document execution, closing and post-completion transitional arrangements, and all aspects of any conventional or Islamic financing involved. We also support our clients on corporate establishments in the Kingdom, and assist with licensing and regulatory matters, distribution arrangement/routes to market and structuring required for your business.

Given our vast global platform, we are also perfectly placed to assist Middle Eastern clients, including Saudi investors and conglomerates, on outbound investments from the Middle East into Europe, Africa, Asia and elsewhere.

With the resources of over 700 corporate lawyers in 42 countries, no transaction is too large for our corporate team. We add value by thinking and acting beyond our traditional role of lawyers to offer pragmatic and commercially minded solutions to get your transactions over the line in a way which best suits your business objectives. Whether a global multinational group, government entity, sophisticated family office or a dynamic domestic business, we can deliver a tailored, commercial, cost effective solution for you domestically and globally.

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July 2018
High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Cor­por­ate/M&A
Hen­kel on the ac­quis­i­tion of a SAR 120 mil­lion ma­jor­ity stake in a Saudi chem­ic­al in­dustry en­tity; and ad­vising on the ter­min­a­tion of its dis­tri­bu­tion ar­range­ments in KSA.Vinci Con­struc­tion in re­la­tion to com­mer­cial and con­struc­tion con­tracts (in­clud­ing gov­ern­ment bids and pro­cure­ment laws) as well as cor­por­ate is­sues.A UK clean tech­no­logy group and a Saudi Fam­ily on an in­nov­at­ive joint ven­ture.KSA Elec­tri­city & Co-Gen­er­a­tion Reg­u­lat­ory Au­thor­ity on its un­der­tak­ing of a re­struc­tur­ing across both its elec­tri­city and de­sal­in­ated wa­ter mar­kets.PE House in re­la­tion to its in­vest­ment in­to a lead­ing tech­no­logy and tele­com­mu­nic­a­tions busi­ness.Zain MTC on cor­por­ate struc­tur­ing, in­clud­ing the in­cor­por­a­tion of the li­cence-hold­ing joint stock com­pany and a SPV to enter in­to bridge-fin­an­cing gar­range­ments for the pay­ment of its suc­cess­ful US$6.1 bil­lion bid for the third mo­bile tele­com­mu­nic­a­tions ser­vices li­cence in Saudi Ar­a­bia.Com­mu­nic­a­tions and In­form­a­tion Tech­no­logy Com­mis­sion of Saudi Ar­a­bia (CITC) on the suc­cess­ful auc­tion of a 3G li­cence; and ad­vising on the suc­cess­ful auc­tion of voice and data li­censes at­tract­ing over US$3.5bn.Fer­rari on cor­por­ate and com­mer­cial mat­ters in KSA.A French lis­ted tech­no­logy group on the re­struc­tur­ing of their Middle East busi­nesses in UAE and KSA, in­clud­ing rene­go­ti­at­ing the share­hold­ers’ agree­ments, put & call op­tions and oth­er ele­ments with minor­ity share­hold­ers/man­age­ment in the UAE and KSA.A lis­ted UK in­vestor on their ac­quis­i­tion of a real es­tate agency and prop­erty man­age­ment busi­ness across the UAE, Bahrain, Oman and KSA.A Glob­al Med­ic­al Devices group on the re­struc­tur­ing of their dis­tri­bu­tion ar­range­ments in KSA.


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July 2018
High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Cor­por­ate/M&A
30 January 2018
CMS ad­vises Uni­on Prop­er­ties on the sale of stake in Emi­cool to Dubai In­vest­ments...
CMS has ad­vised UAE prop­erty de­veloper Uni­on Prop­er­ties PJSC (UP) on the sale of its en­tire 50% stake in dis­trict cool­ing ser­vices pro­vider Emi­cool to Dubai In­vest­ments PJSC for AED500m. Dubai In­vest­ments PJSC is now the sole own­er of Emi­cool, hav­ing alre