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Latham & Watkins LLP

Corporate/M&A

3 ranked lawyersBand 2United Arab EmiratesGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Widely endorsed for its expertise in private equity and venture capital matters. Regularly mandated on significant transactions originating in Saudi Arabia. Has considerable experience advising on both the sell and buy sides of high-value M&A mandates. Notable clients include sovereign entities, which the firm serves on both domestic and cross-border transactions. Has a strong track record in representing clients from the healthcare, energy and financial services sectors.

Strengths

One source enthused: "Their responsiveness is incredible and the quality of work is at the highest level. They're extremely commercial."

Another client summarised: "I'm very satisfied. These guys pick up the phone anytime, take headaches off your plate and look after your interests. They do the whole thing."

Work highlights

Acted for Saudi Basic Industries (SABIC) on the merger of its agri-nutrients division with that of SAFCO.

Notable practitioners

Chris Lester has extensive experience which spans the full gamut of mergers, demergers and acquisitions, in addition to restructurings, privatisations and joint ventures. His clientele includes prominent regional banks, private equity houses and entities in the oil and gas sector. He is acclaimed by clients for his problem-solving and highly commercial attitude.

Eyad Latif has a burgeoning reputation for cross-border M&A. Sources identify his particular strengths in venture capital, with one saying: "He's experienced, well rounded and has an amazing personality. He looks for the right details." The source concluded: "He's the type of guy you want on your side."

Omar Elsayed is based in Dubai and maintains a considerable transactional practice focused on Saudi Arabia. With extensive experience acting for government entities, he is well regarded for his skills in M&A, privatisations and joint ventures. A client depicted him as "a very pleasant person and straight to the point. I'm very happy to have him on a transaction."

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United Arab Emirates

Corporate/M&A


Omar Elsayed
Foreign expert for Saudi Arabia

Corporate/M&A: Dubai-based


Chris Lester
Band 4
Eyad Latif
Up and Coming