Mergers & Acquisitions

Hadef & Partners’ Mergers & Acquisitions practice is regarded as market-leading for domestic and cross border transactions. We have been involved in some of the most recent high profile and challenging transactions across all business sectors.

All aspects of mergers and acquisitions and general transactional work are covered by our team including inward investment, joint ventures and corporate reorganisations. We strive to maintain our focus on our clients’ overall commercial objectives in structuring and negotiating transactions. We operate at the highest standards of quality and responsiveness at all times, which underpins the value which we seek to add.

Our belief is that fostering a constructive deal atmosphere is essential to ensuring both an efficient process for transaction execution and obtaining an optimal outcome for our clients. We combine the role of global and local counsel by applying the international skills of our lawyers in a focused local context.

Our market-leading team has worked on many of the UAE’s complex and challenging transactions. We are known for our thoroughness, whilst maintaining a pragmatic and commercially astute approach.

Inward investment projects, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate structuring and restructuring, agency, distributorships and related regulatory work are performed by our specialist Mergers & Acquisitions team.

Our lawyers’ experience in other jurisdictions such as Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Sudan, Lebanon and Egypt enables us to apply a considered logic to both local and Middle East-facing transactions.

We aim to simplify the issues involved with transactions and make it our focus to help our clients understand their investment risks, at every stage. Paying close attention to the client’s objectives and commercial drivers, we plan and structure transactions taking into account potential exit routes at the outset in any purchase. We believe our transparent and up-front approach can help to achieve the best outcomes right from the initial investment stage to the exit stage.

During a transaction, we provide regular updates to our clients to ensure issues are identified and resolved at the earliest possible point. This enables us and our clients to ensure that the process to completion is efficient.

We specialise in:

  • share purchase and sales
  • business and asset purchase and sales
  • specialist legal due diligence
  • private equity funds and investments
  • venture capital
  • joint ventures, partnerships and cooperation agreements
  • management buy outs and buy ins.

An intimate understanding of regional legal issues coupled with multilingual capabilities enables us to provide clients with a quality and reliable outcome. Furthermore, we maintain excellent working relationships with most of the leading global law firms from the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, and Asia Pacific, and as a result, participate in many cross-border transactions that involve the UAE.

  • “The lawyers have good time and cost management.”

    Chambers Global, 2016

  • Clients say "They are pragmatic, can-do lawyers."

    Chambers Global 2015

  • Clients say "they are definitely major players - one of the first names to spring to mind in the UAE."

    Chambers Global 2015

  • Hadef & Partners displays ‘a rare proactive approach and a welcome attention to client needs’. Sameer Huda is recommended, as is Sadiq Jafar, who is described by one client as ‘the wisest counsellor in the region’.

    Legal 500 2014

  • This well-established local firm represents a large stable of domestic as well as international clients, across a range of transactional and advisory instructions.

    Chambers Global 2013

  • Shortlisted as Regional Law Firm of the Year 2016

    Shortlisted as Regional Law Firm of the Year 2016

    By : The Oath Middle East Legal Awards

  • Corporate Team of the Year 2016

    Corporate Team of the Year 2016

    By : The Oath Middle East Legal Awards

  • Most Responsive Domestic Firm in the UAE 2016

    Most Responsive Domestic Firm in the UAE 2016

    By : Asian-MENA Counsel – In-House Community Survey 2016

  • Corporate and M&A Firm of the Year 2016

    Corporate and M&A Firm of the Year 2016

    By : Asian-MENA Counsel – In-House Community Survey 2016

  • Corporate and M&A Firm of the Year 2015

    By : Asian MENA Counsel In-house Survey

  • Most Responsive Domestic Firm in the UAE 2015

    By : Asian MENA Counsel In-house Survey

  • Alternative Investment Funds (including private equity) Firm of the Year 2014

    By : Asian MENA Counsel In-house Survey

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