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Highly regarded



United Arab Emirates

Practice areas:

Capital markets : Equity

Industry sectors:

Financial services

Sami has over 21 years' of experience advising global and regional clients in the financial services, securities, infrastructure, healthcare and telecommunications sectors on equity capital markets transactions in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and elsewhere in the Middle East, as well as on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity and privatizations.

  • Advised Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) on its SAR 96.0 billion/US$25.6 billion IPO—the world's largest IPO to date. The offering (excluding the over-allotment option) comprised three billion shares, representing 1.5 percent of Saudi Aramco's share capital, for gross proceeds of SAR 96.0 billion/US$25.6 billion.
  • Advised the shareholders of Ma'arif Holding Company for Education and Training (the largest owner and operator of private schools in Saudi Arabia) in relation to the sale of 100% of their shareholding to GEMS Education and Hassana Investment Company.
  • Alkhabeer Capital on its acquisition of Capital Schools in Dubai.
  • Advised RIMCO in connection with the acquisition of iMENA Group Ltd, the leading operator of online businesses in the MENA region.
  • Advised GCC-based investors in connection with the establishment of a US$1 billion online retail platform in the Middle East.
  • The underwrites of Bank Aljazira's SAR 3 billion right issue.

  • Capital markets: Equity
  • M&A

  • Agriculture
  • Financial Services
  • Education
  • Oil & Gas
  • Food and Beverage
  • Pharma and life sciences
  • Tech and Telecoms
  • Healthcare

  • LLM, King's College London (1995)
  • LLB, Jordan University (1993)