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Notable practitioner


Bar admissions:

England & Wales


United Arab Emirates

Practice areas:

Private equity

Marcus Booth is a partner in the EMEA Corporate M&A team in our Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice and the head of Middle East Private Equity. 

Recognised as an 'Emerging Leader' in M&A, Marcus leads the Firm's private equity practice in the Middle East and North Africa, advising private equity, sovereign wealth fund, alternative capital provider (ACPs) and corporate clients on all forms of M&A, alternative capital transactions, portfolio assistance and restructuring advice.

  • Representation of CI Capital Holding for Financial Investments, Egypt's leading diversified financial services and investment group, on the indirect acquisition with a group of co-investors of a 60 percent interest in Taaleem Management Services Company SAE, a leading higher education platform in Egypt which controls and operates Nahda University in Beni Suef for a total consideration of EGP 1.2 billion (circa GBP 60 million).
  • Representation of The Industrialization and Energy Services Company (TAQA) and Arabian Drilling Company (ADC) on its US$415m acquisition of drilling rigs and related assets from Schlumberger in Kuwait, Oman, Iraq and Pakistan.
  • Representation of Goldman Sachs International in its primary and secondary purchase of minority of shares in Modanisa Elektronik Mağazacılık ve Ticaret A.Ş from a number of individual and corporate sellers. The target is an online retailer operating in the e-commerce space that sells modern conservative clothing and accessories for Muslim women.
  • Representation of the Al Blehed family in relation to the sale of Ma'arif Holding Company for Education and Training (the largest owner and operator of private schools in Saudi Arabia) to GEMS Education and Hassana Investment Company. This is one of the biggest deals in the education sector in Saudi Arabia to date.
  • Representation of GSO Capital Partners and its affiliates on a three-tier financing package to support Advent International's approximately £4 billion acquisition of leading global technology and services innovator Cobham plc.
  • Representation of A15, a leading tech investment fund, on its sale of a 76 percent stake in its United Arab Emirates-based fintech company TPAY Mobile FZ-LLC (TPAY) to Africa's leading private investment firm Helios Investment Partners.

  • Capital markets: Equity
  • Financial restructuring
  • M&A
  • Private equity
  • Private equity funds

  • Education
  • Financial services
  • Healthcare
  • Real estate
  • Social infrastructure
  • Tech and telecoms

  • PGDLP, College of Law, (2003)
  • PGDL, College of Law, (2002)
  • MA (Hons), Medieval History, University of St Andrews, (2000)