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Leading international law firm Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla recently advised Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), on one of the region’s largest real-estate transactions as it signed a long-term agreement worth $5.5 billion (AED 20.2 billion) with Apollo Global Management (NYSE: APO), one of the world’s largest alternative investment managers. The agreement aims to lease some of ADNOC’s real-estate assets as part of its strategy to unlock capital from its non-core assets. The strategic…

In September 2018, the UAE issued the Foreign Direct Investment Law (FDI Law) to open up the UAE mainland market to foreign investors in certain sectors of the economy. This was followed by the announcement on July 2019 of the relaxation of foreign ownership restrictions for 122 business activities, specifically in the manufacturing, agricultural and services categories (Positive List), pursuant to the FDI Law. On 17 March 2020, the UAE Cabinet issued Cabinet Resolution No.…

Private sector investments in the education industry in Egypt are of paramount importance. Over the past decade, we have witnessed a steady increase in the appetite of private equity funds and investors to capitalize from the industry. This enthusiastic appetite and lucrative appeal is owed to ever-increasing enrollments; in 2016/17, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics reported that total enrollments at the K-12 level amounted to 20.6 million students. The growth continues —…

In July 2019, the Investment Law No. 72 of 2017 (Investment Law) was amended to impose new data reporting requirements on companies with foreign investment in Egypt for statistical purposes. The data consists primarily of financial data and corporate data. The General Authority For Investment & Free Zones (GAFI) is now taking active steps in enforcing these new reporting requirements.