Representative Experience

Advising the Kuwait Capital Markets Authority on privatization of the Kuwait Stock Exchange (KSE), and establishment and public listing of the new KSE Company.

Counseled underwriters with respect to the US$4 billion sovereign Sukuk issued by the State of Qatar, the first sovereign Sukuk in Qatar.

Advising on the public merger of Qatar Shipping and Qatar Navigation, the first public M&A transaction in Qatar.

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  • Mergers, Acquisitions, Joint Ventures and Private Equity
    • Advising a Bahrain-based investment bank in a sourcing project involving the re-platforming of the bank’s core systems from Temenos and Oracle.
    • Acting for a leading global supplier of entertainment and event technology in acquisition of entire issued share capital of Hong Kong-based entertainment and event technology company with significant operations in the UAE.
    • Advising Walgreens in relation to the proposed acquisition of pharmacies in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
    • Advising a major Middle East logistics and shipping provider in its attempted bid for Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), the world’s largest independent marine management services provider.
    • Advising Qatar Petroleum on its acquisition of all shares held by an international investor in a subsidiary.
    • Advising an international education group on acquisition of subsidiaries in Qatar and the UAE.
    • Representing client in one of the Middle East region’s largest broadcasting acquisitions, advising on all corporate matters, share structure management, financial matrix, taxation, employment and tender policies.
  • Islamic Finance
    • Advised Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank regarding financial regulatory aspects of its US$1 billion offering London Stock Exchange-listed Additional Tier 1 Capital Certificates.
    • Advised on US$1.5 billion Murabaha facility for a large real estate developer.
    • Assisted HSBC/Amanah in drafting a range of documentation for Shari’ah compliant product offerings in Qatar.
    • Advised a large Islamic Qatari bank on a US$1.5 billion Sukuk issue.
    • Assisted HSBC/Amanah in drafting a range of documentation for Shari’ah compliant product offerings in Qatar.
    • Advised Ooredoo Q.S.C. in connection with establishment of its US$2 billion airtime sukuk programme and issuance of US$1.25 billion trust certificates thereunder.
    • Advised the State of Qatar on issuing US$4 billion Sukuk.
  • Corporate, Securities and Finance
    • Conducting a full review for New York Stock Exchange/Euronext of the regulatory framework for the capital markets regime in Qatar and providing recommendations on enhancements.
    • Advised New York Stock Exchange/Euronext on their acquisition of an interest in Qatar Exchange.
    • Acted for a large Qatari investment bank in a private placement of US$238 million in shares.
    • Advised Mesaieed Petrochemical Holding Company (owned by Qatar Petroleum) on its US$900 million retail IPO in Qatar.
    • Handled private placement of the entire shareholding in Doha Marine Services.
    • Providing guidance to Viceroy Hotels on numerous matters, including outsourcing agreements, catering management agreements, and a dispute involving Abu Dhabi Formula 1.
    • Assisting government of Jordan on the privatization of Royal Jordanian airline.
    • Advising the local organizing committee of Qatar 2022 on all commercial and corporate matters, including procurement, infrastructure contracts and all other legal matters regulatory compliance.
    • Providing guidance to Royal Jet airline on its re-fleeting.
    • Advising the sponsor on the development of the Middle Euphrates International Airport in Iraq.
    • Advising on the incorporation of a foreign wind systems company in Jordan.
    • Provided an international satellite broadcasting company with telecommunication and regulatory advice regarding a number of jurisdictions across the GCC and wider Middle East region.
  • Government and Regulatory Advisory
    • Assisted in drafting the Qatar Financial Markets Authority (QFMA) issuance and listing rules.
    • Counseling the government of Abu Dhabi’s Healthcare Authority (SEHA) on the implementation of a large-scale patient care system.
    • Providing training to Yahoo! management and in-house legal teams on legal and compliance matters regarding its online content and production staff.
    • Advised international marketing company on sanctions and SEC issues relating to Iran, Syria and Sudan.
    • Assisting with Broadcasting and Telecommunication law draft for the State of Qatar.
    • Advising on regulations governing broadcasting and online media in two different jurisdictions.
    • Conducted an IP audit for a Qatari government body and assisted it with the preparation of a three-phase IP protection strategy.
    • Advised the Ministry of Economy and Commerce in Qatar on drafting new Commercial Companies Law.
    • Advised Dubai Healthcare City on setting up the entire legal and regulatory framework for Dubai Healthcare City.
    • Advised Qatar Exchange on a number of regulatory and legislative tools.
  • Licensing, Franchising, Marketing and Advertising
    • Advising government broadcaster Abu Dhabi TV company on their rights licensing deals, and prepared a suite of standard agreements for the organization.
    • Offering guidance to a large F&B group on franchising their brand into KSA.
    • Advising an international health care brand “Cryo Health” into its GCC licensing and franchising strategy.
    • Advised a multinational food and beverage corporation on its relationship with its local advertising agent and on the renewal of its regional advertising agency agreement.
  • Energy & Infrastructure
    • Represented an international oil and gas company on its potential bid for an upstream oil production concession in Abu Dhabi.
    • Assisted an international oil and gas company in its review for an upstream oil exploration and development concession in Abu Dhabi.
    • Advised an international oil and gas company on its enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and power generation project with ADNOC in Abu Dhabi.
    • Advised a sponsor group on the US$2.7 billion development and financing of an independent water and power project in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
    • Counseled an international oil company on its potential acquisition of an interest in an upstream exploration block in Kurdistan.
    • Represented an offshore oil and gas engineering company on its joint venture, together with employment and compliance matters in Abu Dhabi.
    • Represented an oil and gas company on licensing its blending technology to a lubricants blending facility in Saudi Arabia.
    • Advised a heavy machinery manufacturer on its licensing and joint marketing arrangements with the lubricants blending operations of a supermajor.
    • Assisting an independent oil and gas company in its successful bid for exploration, development and production rights in Afghanistan.
    • Helping an independent oil and gas company prepare and finalize a joint evaluation and bidding agreement in connection with the EGAS bid round for Egypt Block 3.
    • Acting for owners of Tarbagatay Munay LLP in the sale to China-based Xinjiang Guanghui Industry Co. Ltd. of an interest in the Zaysan field in Kazakhstan.
  • Supplier Agreements and Outsourcing
    • Advised on provision by vendor of voice, data and video services in UK, UAE and Africa.
    • Advising a global technology provider (Boingo) on an outsourcing deal with Dubai Airports.
    • Advising Pepsico Middle East on their bottling distribution agreement in the KSA.
  • Corporate Reorganizations and Restructurings
    • Acting for a leading U.S.-based energy company in proposed corporate restructuring and subsequent sale of an offshore SPV to a GCC-based operator backed by Tricap Investments and Abraaj Capital.
    • Acting for Mass Global Investment Company in corporate restructuring and proposed sale to Abu Dhabi National Energy (TAQA) of significant equity interest in holding company of 1000 MW gas-fired power plant in northern Iraq.

Practice Area Highlights

Chambers notes that practice co-leader Ahmad Anani is “a prominent figure in the corporate field” who “brings tremendous market experience.”

Practice co-leader Osama Abu-Dehays is recognized by Chambers, which notes “his extensive knowledge of the media industry, having served as chief legal officer at Al Jazeera.”

Clients say that practice co-leader Ahmad Anani’s “language and cultural skills and his experience are a key to his success in providing clients with quality service, particularly for clients with operations in multiple countries.”