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Scott Campbell

Managing Partner – Middle East, Dubai

"Having been based in the Middle East for over 23 years, I have a strong affinity for the region and have worked on many of the region’s groundbreaking corporate deals."


Education and qualifications


Scott is the managing partner of Linklaters in the Middle East. He has more than 23 years' experience in the region, and has been based in the Linklaters’ office in Dubai since it opened in 2006.

Scott is featured in Legal 500’s “Hall of Fame” for Corporate/M&A, and is ranked as a "Market Leader" in IFLR1000 and as a "Band 1 Notable Practitioner" in Chambers Global (in both their UAE and Middle East-wide catalogues).

Work highlights

Scott has led on a wide range of corporate M&A and corporate finance transactions. These include advising:

  • Ahli United Bank B.S.C. (AUB) on the acquisition by Kuwait Finance House K.S.C.P., the first ever cross-border public takeover involving a share issuance and amounts to one of the largest ever takeovers in the GCC (M&A Deal of the Year, IFLR Middle East Awards 2023).
  • A member of the successful consortium on the US$10.1bn investment into Abu Dhabi National Oil Company's (ADNOC) natural gas pipelines in the UAE, the largest foreign direct investment into the UAE (MENA Infrastructure Deal of the Year, PFI Awards 2020).
  • Zain Saudi Arabia on the sale and leaseback of telecoms towers to the Public Investment fund.
  • Emaar Properties on the US$2bn acquisition of 50% of Dubai Creek Harbour from Dubai Holding.
  • Meraas Leisure and Entertainment LLC on its acquisition of 100% of the issued share capital of DXB Entertainments PJSC, the first ever all cash tender offer in the UAE.
  • Investment Corporation of Dubai and Dubai Aluminium on the merger of Dubai and EMAL to create Emirates Global Aluminium. This was the first tender offer in the UAE.
  • Bahrain Telecommunication Company on its US$1bn acquisition of the Monaco and Islands assets of Cable & Wireless.
  • Emirates Bank International on its US$12bn merger with the National Bank of Dubai.
  • Barclays Bank on the disposal of its UAE retail banking business to ADIB (IFLR M&A Deal of the Year 2014).
  • Lloyds Bank on the sale of its UAE businesses to HSBC.

Education and qualifications

Scott studied law at Auckland University.