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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
BP in a deal with TAQA in re­spect of the dis­pos­al of a pack­age of oil & gas as­sets for a con­sid­er­a­tion in ex­cess of $1 bil­lion.On the sale of oil and gas as­sets in Egypt for $650 mil­lion and its pur­chase...

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16 March 2020
CMS ad­vises ekar on its $17.5 mil­lion Series B fund­ing
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has suc­cess­fully ad­vised ekar, the Dubai-based pay-per-minute car rent­al star­tup, on its $17.5 mil­lion Series B fund­ing which will see the busi­ness ex­pand in­ter­na­tion­ally for...
07 October 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to the private place­ment of equity se­cur­it­ies
One of the most com­mon ques­tions we are asked across CMS in our Equity Cap­it­al Mar­ket prac­tice is what are the rules about ap­proach­ing a lim­ited num­ber of in­vestors in dif­fer­ent jur­is­dic­tions, in re­la­tion...
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21 December 2020
Nas­daq Dubai now Em­bra­cing SMEs
In­tro­duc­tion Small and me­di­um sized en­ter­prises (SMEs) are a key as­pect of the UAE’s eco­nomy help­ing drive growth and di­ver­si­fic­a­tion. Sev­er­al ini­ti­at­ives, in­clud­ing ac­cel­er­at­or pro­grammes, in­cub­at­ors...
09 November 2018
CMS ad­vises AW Rostamani on ma­jor­ity stake ac­quis­i­tion in ma­jor UK car...
CMS has ad­vised UAE-based con­glom­er­ate AW Rostamani on its ac­quis­i­tion of a ma­jor­ity stake in UK car re­tail­er Bray­leys.With an­nu­al rev­en­ues in ex­cess of $2 bil­lion and a her­it­age of over 50 years, AW...
01 September 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to re­struc­tur­ing and in­solv­ency law
Re­struc­tur­ings, es­pe­cially those in­volving mul­tiple jur­is­dic­tions, are in­vari­ably com­plex mat­ters. This CMS Ex­pert Guide provides an over­view of the vari­ous re­struc­tur­ing pos­sib­il­it­ies avail­able in a...
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08 December 2020
UAE an­nounces ma­jor changes to Com­mer­cial Com­pan­ies Law
The UAE Gov­ern­ment has re­leased Fed­er­al De­cree Law 26/2020 (the “FDL”) which brings about sig­ni­fic­ant changes to the ex­ist­ing UAE Fed­er­al Com­mer­cial Com­pan­ies Law (Fed­er­al Law No. 2 of 2015, the “CCL”)...
30 January 2018
CMS ad­vises Uni­on Prop­er­ties on the sale of stake in Emi­cool to Dubai In­vest­ments...
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm 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...
12 May 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to the leg­al as­pect for com­pany dir­ect­ors & CEOs
Even be­fore the COV­ID-19 glob­al pan­dem­ic, dir­ect­ors of com­pan­ies were un­der great­er scru­tiny than ever, with in­creas­ing con­cerns be­ing ex­pressed over gov­ernance and even the fun­da­ment­al pur­pose of com­mer­cial...
01 December 2020
Ar­bit­ral rules – The sea­son of change con­tin­ues: ICC Ar­bit­ra­tion Up­date
On 1 Decem­ber 2020, the ICC In­ter­na­tion­al Court of Ar­bit­ra­tion launched its re­vised ICC Ar­bit­ra­tion Rules (the “Rules”), which will ap­ply to ar­bit­ra­tions sub­mit­ted to the ICC Court from 1 Janu­ary...
1 May 2017
CMS, Nabarro and Olswang com­plete ground­break­ing mer­ger
Lon­don, 1 May. CMS UK, Nabarro and Olswang today an­nounce the com­ple­tion of their trans­form­a­tion­al mer­ger, cre­at­ing the 6th largest law firm glob­ally by head­count. Trad­ing as CMS, and with 70 of­fices...
14 October 2020
Share­hold­er and Ul­ti­mate Be­ne­fi­cial Own­er re­gisters for UAE busi­nesses...
New reg­u­la­tions con­cern­ing ul­ti­mate be­ne­fi­cial own­er­ship have been im­ple­men­ted in the UAE, pur­su­ant to Cab­in­et De­cision No. 58 of 2020 on the Reg­u­la­tion of Pro­ced­ures Re­lated to Real Be­ne­fi­ciar­ies (the...
07/03/2016
CMS builds Is­lam­ic Fin­ance Prac­tice with new part­ner ap­point­ment
CMS is pleased to an­nounce the ap­point­ment of Sha­keel Adli as a part­ner to the firm’s Bank­ing and Fin­ance prac­tice. He joins from Norton Rose Ful­bright.Sha­keel will be based in the Dubai of­fice and...