Will Seivewright


Global M&A deal values soared in 2018, rising by 19% to US$4 trillion compared to 2017 values, although deal volumes dropped by 8% versus the previous year. Middle East market activity also remained robust, with a 50% increase in deal value for full year 2018, according to the latest report by global law firm Baker McKenzie*.

What has changed?

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) government intends to further relax foreign ownership restrictions, allowing international investors to own 100% of companies operating in the UAE mainland and granting long-term residency permits for foreign investors for the first time.