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On 16 March 2022 in Cairo, Egypt, members of the Arab Competition Network (the “ACN”) held their first conference to launch this new network. This alert provides a high-level presentation of the ACN, as well as an overview of its mission and goals. Background and Goals of the ACN The ACN is a product of the efforts and collaboration of the Arab League and the Egyptian Competition Authority. The ACN aims to provide a platform…

Global deal values up 31% from H2 2019 whereas total values for 2020 is down 6% from 2019Middle East deal volumes decreased by approximately 2% in comparison to H2 2019 whereas total volumes for 2020 decreased by 13% from 2019Deal values in the region were slightly up by 3% from H2 2019 whereas total values for 2020 were down by 51% from 2019US dominates inbound and outbound cross-border M&A as top acquirer and target country…

Signing of the “Al-Ula Declaration” ending trade and other restrictions against Qatar As reported in our previous client update, on 5 January 2021, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and the rest of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states, along with Egypt, signed the “Al-Ula Declaration” at the 41st GCC Summit held in the city of Al-Ula. This marks the end of a three and a half year boycott…

Global law firm Baker McKenzie has won three awards at the Middle East Legal Awards 2020 hosted by industry leading media group Legal Week on 5 November 2020. During these unprecedented times of market disruption brought by the COVID-19 pandemic and other geopolitical developments, the firm continues to cement its leading position in the legal industry, having won: “Arbitration Team of the Year” and “Real Estate Team of the Year” for the first time, and…

Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz Alajlan & Partners alongside Baker McKenzie, London, have advised Saudi Arabian supermarket giant BinDawood Holding Company (BinDawood Holding) on its US$ 585 million IPO, with an implied market capitalization on listing of approximately US$ 2.9 billion. The deal was formally announced on August 31st this year and, following an institutional book building process and retail offering, BinDawood Holding was admitted to listing and trading today. The group operates two key retail grocery brands –…