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The successful execution of an M&A transaction, whether sell-side or buy-side, 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 M&A transactions.

As a seller, buyer, financial investor or a company’s management team, we can help you with all aspects of your transaction (public or private) involving the sale or acquisition of a company or business in the Middle East. We advise on corporate and commercial transactions across the region and also on outbound investments from the Middle East into Europe, Africa, Asia and elsewhere.

With the resources of over 700 corporate lawyers in over 33 countries, we can advise you in all aspects of your M&A transactions. We add value by thinking and acting beyond our traditional role to secure the competitive edge you need in an ever-changing business environment. Whether a global multinational group or a dynamic domestic business, we can deliver a tailored, commercial, cost effective solution for you, covering areas such as M&A, private equity, equity capital markets, outsourcing, group restructuring and privatisations.

Our cross-border teams include experts in sectors such as banking, consumer products, energy, infrastructure, insurance, lifesciences, real estate and construction, technology and media. This means we can save time and money by understanding your specific issues, providing advice within context and pinpointing the commercial issues and risks in your transaction.

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High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Cor­por­ate/M&A in UAE

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30 January 2018
CMS ad­vises Uni­on Prop­er­ties on the sale of stake in...
29/08/2018
Hotel Struc­tures in the Middle East - All Change
The ho­tels mar­ket in the UAE has his­tor­ic­ally been dom­in­ated by the tra­di­tion­al hotel man­age­ment agree­ment (“HMA”) struc­ture between the hotel own­er and their chosen op­er­at­or. The past few years has seen an in­creas­ing ap­pet­ite for own­ers to move away from that.
1 May 2017
CMS, Nabarro and Olswang com­plete ground­break­ing mer­ger...
Strength­en­ing CM­S' po­s­i­tion across Middle East and...
08/08/2018
In­vest­ment in the Tech­no­logy Sec­tor – What In­vestors Need to Know...
In­tro­duc­tion The United Ar­ab Emir­ates (the UAE) con­tin­ues to at­tract an in­creas­ing amount of for­eign dir­ect in­vest­ment (FDI) across a range of sec­tors, none more so than the tech­no­logy sec­tor with in­vest­ment in­to me­di­um and high tech pro­jects ac­count­ing for.
07/03/2016
CMS builds Is­lam­ic Fin­ance Prac­tice with new part­ner...
21/05/2018
New UAE Visa Sys­tem In­tro­duced to En­cour­age In­vest­ment and In­nov­a­tion
On 20 May 2018, the UAE Cab­in­et an­nounced changes to the visa re­gime in the United Ar­ab Emir­ates, to take ef­fect across all Emir­ates. There will be a new visa sys­tem, un­der which in­vestors and pro­fes­sion­als in the sci­entif­ic, re­search and tech­nic­al fields.
High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Cor­por­ate/M&A in UAE
21/05/2018
UAE Cab­in­et ap­proves 100% For­eign Own­er­ship by Year End
On 20 May 2018 the UAE Cab­in­et ap­proved a de­cision to al­low 100% for­eign own­er­ship of UAE com­pan­ies.   This de­cision has been eagerly an­ti­cip­ated since last year’s amend­ments to the UAE Com­mer­cial Com­pan­ies Law (Fed­er­al Law No.