Commitment to excellence
Linklaters has advised clients on transactions in the Middle East for over 30 years. The firm has extensive experience of advising a range of government organisations and privately-owned businesses, acting on transactions throughout the region, including in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Iraq, Bahrain, Oman, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt.
Recent transactions include advising:
- Emaar Properties on the IPO of Emaar Malls
- the commercial lenders and NEXI on the Mirfa IWPP in Abu Dhabi
- Bahrain Telecommunications Company on the US$1.025bn acquisition of the Monaco & Islands division of Cable & Wireless Communications Plc
- HSBC Bank Middle East Limited as co-ordinator of 13 local and international banks exposed to Lamprell plc through a large number of syndicated and bilateral, loan and bonding facilities
- Dana Gas Sukuk Limited on the US$425m issue of trust certificates (sukuk al-Mudarabah) exchangeable for shares in Dana Gas P.J.S.C (as part of the award-winning 2013 restructuring of Dana Gas’ 2007 sukuk issue)
- the joint lead managers on the US$1.5bn dual tranche issuance by QNB Finance Ltd, guaranteed by Qatar National Bank S.A.Q.
- the lenders to the bidder on the US$2bn Madinah Airport Expansion Project, Saudi Arabia
- US$240m acquisition by Genel Energy plc of an additional 21% interest in the Bina Bawi exploration block in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq
- HSBC Bank plc on the USD 700m debt restructuring for Lamprell plc
- Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank PJSC, Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited, Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc and Mashreqbank PSC on the USD 200m Subordinated Perpetual Certificates issued by GEMS MEA Sukuk Limited
- Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank on its acquisition of Barclays’ UAE retail banking assets
- the lenders on the financing of the Mirfa IWPP in Abu Dhabi
- the Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD) and Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL) on the merger of DUBAL and EMAL to create Emirates Global Aluminium, the fifth-largest global aluminium producer
A market leader
Linklaters is acknowledged as a market leader for corporate/M&A, Energy and Infrastructure, project finance, capital markets, banking, real estate, funds and Islamic finance transactions. The offices have dedicated sector specialists in the energy, infrastructure, financial institutions and telecommunications sectors.
Linklaters has an active Saudi practice and has formed a close working relationship with Zamakhchary & Co. (formerly AlGasim Zamakhchary), a leading firm in the market, to offer outstanding service to clients in Saudi Arabia. Linklaters works with Zamakhchary & Co. on international and cross-border matters, with a particular focus on transactions in the following practice areas: Corporate/M&A, Capital Markets, Banking & Islamic Finance and Project Finance.
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