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Corporate

Meysan’s Corporate Group provides integrated advice and service across a spectrum of practice areas. The Group’s diverse client base includes international and regional industrial and commercial companies, financial service institutions, investment funds, governments and individuals.

Our lawyers are frequently engaged in complex commercial matters that have significant regulatory and litigation issues.The Group distinguishes itself by coordinating seamlessly across the Firm to provide multidisciplinary service tailored to the client’s needs.

Meysan’s Corporate Group core practice areas are:
Bank Finance and Restructuring

Our lawyers represent lenders and borrowers in some of the largest and most complicated financing transactions in the region. Our clients include many of the region’s largest commercial banks, investment banks, insurance companies, finance companies, investment and merchant banking firms, private investment funds and other institutional lenders and investors, as well as private equity sponsors, strategic buyers, borrowers and issuers of securities.

Meysan banking lawyers advise on all types of financing transactions, including:

Acquisition financings

Asset-backed financings

Mezzanine financings

Workouts and restructurings

Private placements

Investment grade financings

Representative transactions for our lawyers include advising:

A'ayan Leasing & Investment Company, on all aspects of its US$ 1.5 billion restructuring, including advising on court proceedings under the Financial Stability Law

Agility Logistics, as regular designated outside counsel, in connection with the proposed dividend recapitalization of its Defense & Government business subsidiary

The Carlyle Group, in the restructuring and workout of senior loan facilities at TVK, a Turkish shipyard

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), on the establishment of a branch in Kuwait, including advising on Central Bank of Kuwait and Kuwait Foreign Investment Bureau approval processes

Kuwait Finance House, on the reorganisation of its global direct investment portfolio

National Bank of Kuwait as lead arranger in the $475 million Sulaibiya Wastewater Project in Kuwait, the first BOT in the State of Kuwait (Winner of Project Finance Magazine’s Middle East Water Deal of the Year)

International Petroleum Investment Company, in the $450 million restructuring of Hyundai Oil Refining Company

Capital Markets

Our lawyers regularly represent clients in some of the most sophisticated and innovative capital-raising transactions in the region. Not only are our lawyers able to navigate the complex regulatory regimes in the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, in many instances, they have helped draft or shape the legislation and regulations that were designed to enhance the growth of the region’s capital markets.

We represent both issuers and investment banks in the full range of securities offerings, including:

Initial public offerings

Privatization of major state-owned industries

Private placements of securities

Debt and equity derivative securities, including suhuk offerings

Asset-backed offerings

Investment grade financings


We also advise clients on regulatory compliance, and corporate governance issues, and the evolving government regulations affecting capital markets activities.

Representative transactions for our lawyers include advising:

The Government of Kuwait on the drafting of the new Kuwait Companies Law and the Direct Investment Promotion Law.

The Kuwait Capital Markets Authority on the privatisation and IPO of the Kuwait Stock Exchange, including the structuring of the privatisation under the new Kuwait Companies Law, and the drafting of the special law on the privatisation of the Kuwait Stock Exchange

Agility Logistics K.S.C., as regular designated outside counsel, in connection with

  • multiple bond issuances and Rule 144a private placements and
  • the proposed dividend recapitalization of its Defense & Government business subsidiary.

A Kuwait-based industrial holding company on the first ever mandatory public take-over offer under the Kuwait Capital Markets Law

National Bank of Kuwait as lead arranger in the $475 million Sulaibiya Wastewater Project in Kuwait, the first BOT in the State of Kuwait (Winner of Project Finance Magazine’s Middle East Water Deal of the Year)

National Bank of Kuwait as lead arranger in the $475 million Sulaibiya Wastewater Project in Kuwait, the first BOT in the State of Kuwait (Winner of Project Finance Magazine’s Middle East Water Deal of the Year)

The Petroleum Industries Company, K.S.C. privatization committee and the board of directors with regards to the structuring and implementation of its private sector

The Carlyle Group in connection with the establishment of the first limited partnership under the Dubai International Financial Centre’sExempt Funds regime

Mergers and Acquisitions

Meysan represents a diverse range of multinational and domestic companies and financial institutions in not only the region’s largest mergers and acquisitions, but also many first-of-their-kind transactions in the region. We excel in regional M&A transactions, and our unparalleled experience and unified regional practice heighten our ability to seamlessly handle cross-border transactions.

We regularly advise companies on making acquisitions, merging, or being acquired. Our lawyers bring an understanding and appreciation for our clients’ business needs to every deal, and the firm measures its success on our ability to meet and exceed those needs. Our M&A team draws on the full resources of the firm as needed in a given transaction, coordinating efforts with our capital markets, commercial and regulatory, and bank finance lawyers.

Representative transactions for our lawyers include advising:

Advised the shareholders of online food takeaway market leader Talabat.com on its acquisition for $170m by German e-commerce group, Rocket Internet AG. The deal represents one of the largest ever tech acquisitions in the MENA region.

Agility Logistics,  as regular designated counsel, and also in connection with (i) its respective joint ventures in Kuwait, Kazakhstan, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Yugoslavia, Oman and Saudi Arabia, and (ii) the acquisition of Geologistics, Transoceanic, Translink, and the logistics business of Maritime & Mercantile International LLC.

Bureau Veritas in its acquisition of Sievert Group, a leading provider of non-destructive testing and related industrial inspection services in India and the Middle East

The Carlyle Group, the leading global alternative asset firm, in

  • its acquisition and subsequent disposal to Philips Lighting of a significant minority equity interests in General Lighting Company,  the largest light fixtures manufacturing company in the Middle East
  • its acquisition of Alamar Foods, the master franchisee of Domino’s Pizza and Wendy’s in the Middle East
  • the acquisition of Al Nabil Food Products, a leading specialized processor of frozen and chilled food products

A Kuwait-based industrial holding company on the first ever mandatory public take-over offer under the Kuwait Capital Markets Law

Mubadala, in negotiating the purchase from Enron Corporation of a 24.5% strategic equity interest in Dolphin Energy Limited, and the subsequent $340 million sale of such interest to Occidental Petroleum Corporation.

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company in

  • its auction sale of a 28% strategic undivided interest in the Upper Zakum Field, one of the largest offshore oilfields in the world, and
  • the merger of Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Limited and Abu Dhabi Gas Company.

The shareholders of Iso Octane Company, an independent refining company in the Emirate of Dubai, in its proposed US$200 million sale to affiliates of The Carlyle Group and Riverstone Holdings.

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT AND FINANCE

Meysan’s lawyers have advised on the development and financing of some of the most cutting-edge transactions in the region. These include public-private partnerships, acquisitions and divestitures (including privatizations), private equity investments, debt restructurings, tax equity transactions and the resolution of political risk claims and investment disputes. We excel in helping clients craft sophisticated solutions to issues that arise in connection with projects in all major industries in the region. Our clients include sponsors, project companies, lenders, private commercial and investment banks, placement agents, underwriters, export credit agencies, multilateral lending institutions, suppliers, contractors, off-take purchasers and advisors.

We advise on:

Initial development and financing of a project

Restructuring and refinancing of projects

Project mergers, acquisitions, and dispositions

Sovereign and project restructurings, political risk insurance, and other novel split-risk arrangements

Representative transactions for our lawyers include advising:

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company in

  • its auction sale of a 28% strategic undivided interest in the Upper Zakum Field, one of the largest offshore oilfields in the world,
  • the merger of Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Limited and Abu Dhabi Gas Company.

National Waste Management Company and Boubyan Petrochemicals Company, as sponsors of the $120 million Amghara Solid Waste Treatment Project in Kuwait.

Mubadala, in negotiating and drafting the Development and Production Sharing Agreement and the Joint Venture Agreement relating to Project Dolphin, the landmark project to develop a tract of Qatar's giant North Field and produce up to 2 billion cubic feet of gas per day for export to the United Arab Emirates.

National Bank of Kuwait as lead arranger in the $475 million Sulaibiya Wastewater Project in Kuwait, the first BOT in the State of Kuwait (Winner of Project Finance Magazine’s Middle East Water Deal of the Year).

The Petroleum Industries Company, K.S.C. privatization committee and the board of directors  with regards to the structuring and implementation of its private sector participation initiative in relation to its polypropylene plant.

National Bank of Kuwait as lead arranger in the $475 million Sulaibiya Wastewater Project in Kuwait, the first BOT in the State of Kuwait (Winner of Project Finance Magazine’s Middle East Water Deal of the Year)

The Petroleum Industries Company, K.S.C. privatization committee and the board of directors with regards to the structuring and implementation of its private sector participation initiative in relation to its polypropylene plant.

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