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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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09 Nov 18
CMS ad­vises AW Rostamani on ma­jor­ity stake ac­quis­i­tion...
20 Aug 19
Brave new world - eco­nom­ic sub­stance re­quire­ments in­tro­duced in the...
New reg­u­la­tions con­cern­ing eco­nom­ic sub­stance (Cab­in­et of Min­is­ters Res­ol­u­tion No.31 of 2019) (the “Reg­u­la­tions”) have been im­ple­men­ted in the UAE. The Reg­u­la­tions in­tend that all in-scope UAE en­tit­ies...
30 January 2018
CMS ad­vises Uni­on Prop­er­ties on the sale of stake in...
07 Aug 19
Switch­ing up the way that in­solv­ency and bank­ruptcy is dealt with...
On 13 June 2019 the new In­solv­ency Law(DI­FC Law No. 1 of 2019) and the as­so­ci­ated In­solv­ency Reg­u­la­tions 2019 (the “Law”) came in to ef­fect in the Dubai In­ter­na­tion­al Fin­ance Centre (“DI­FC”) re­peal­ing...
1 May 2017
CMS, Nabarro and Olswang com­plete ground­break­ing mer­ger
Strength­en­ing CM­S' po­s­i­tion across Middle East and...
31 Jul 19
M&A and GDPR: an­nounced GBP 99 m hotel chain fine high­lights due di­li­gence...
A year since the im­ple­ment­a­tion of the GDPR, de­cisions were handed down in the UK and Ger­many re­veal­ing how the reg­u­la­tion has a dir­ect im­pact on M&A trans­ac­tions. In one rul­ing, the Su­per­vis­ory Au­thor­ity...
07/03/2016
CMS builds Is­lam­ic Fin­ance Prac­tice with new part­ner...
03 Jul 19
UAE up­date: re­lax­a­tion of for­eign own­er­ship re­stric­tions
In 2018 the UAE passed the For­eign Dir­ect In­vest­ment Law (the “FDI Law’), which was in­ten­ded to pave the way to re­lax­ing for­eign own­er­ship re­stric­tions on com­pan­ies re­gistered “on­shore” in the...
30 Apr 19
The New DI­FC Com­pan­ies Law Re­gime - Key Changes
With ef­fect from 12 Novem­ber 2018 (the “Im­ple­ment­a­tion Date”) the Dubai In­ter­na­tion­al Fin­an­cial Centre (the “DI­FC”) in­tro­duced the eagerly an­ti­cip­ated new com­pan­ies law re­gime which re­places the...
22 Nov 18
New re­port | Con­nec­ted Fu­ture: in­vest­ment op­por­tun­it­ies in the rad­ic­ally...
Tech­no­logy-driv­en trans­form­a­tions are not only dis­rupt­ing our every­day lives, but are also rad­ic­ally trans­form­ing the in­fra­struc­ture sec­tor. On the one hand, in­nov­a­tion is driv­ing an up­grade of ex­ist­ing...
27 Sep 18
ADGM con­tin­ues to pave the way for in­nov­a­tion with new li­cences for...
In­tro­duc­tion On 1 Septem­ber 2018, the Abu Dh­abi Glob­al Mar­kets Free Zone (“ADGM”) an­nounced it will make avail­able a new com­mer­cial li­cence spe­cific­ally for tech­no­logy start-ups. This li­cence will...
29 Aug 18
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...