This month we bring you a special focus on a continent that boasts the world’s largest free trade area, a diverse economic make-up and increasing political stability. The latest edition of Law Update focuses on Africa, a territory that continues to be an attractive business and investment destination.
Like the rest of the world, Africa is still re-building from the impact of COVID-19, however, there continues to be an optimistic view of the opportunities the continent presents. An example of the appetite for investment into Africa was captured in a report we commissioned, titled Legal Leaders in MENA. Our survey of legal leaders revealed a resounding desire to expand into new territories, with 81% naming Africa as their investment destination of choice.Read the full edition
Over the past 30 years, Al Tamimi has acquired a reputation for being the Middle East region’s premier capital markets practice. Clients tell us time and again that our long-standing and deep relationships with the Middle East’s financial services regulators, stock exchanges and government ministries never fail to add significant value to their transactions and our ability to work seamlessly in Arabic and English always serves to mitigate timetable risk and ensure that we “get the deal done”.
Our team is vastly experienced in all aspects of capital markets in the Middle East region and internationally with expertise in primary and secondary equity offerings, particularly IPOs, other equity fundraisings, debt securities and Sukuk. In addition to our deep expertise in debt and equity raises on stock exchanges throughout the region, we have also played an important role in working with regional companies and their counsel in accessing the global capital markets including notable IPOs in London and New York. We join the fundraising journey of our clients from private placements, convertibles, conventional and Islamic bonds to IPO exits for founders, venture capital or private equity or government privatisations.
We are the only law firm to be able to provide securities law advice across ten jurisdictions in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in which we have offices. Our clients rightly expect that we excel at advising on local law matters but we can also advise as to English law. Our size and geographical coverage enables us to provide highly specialised industry sector advice and a full service practice for our capital markets clients as their needs progress such as employment, tax, regulatory, intellectual property and dispute resolution. Our dedicated corporate structuring and tax teams can also provide the optimal solutions for any pre-deal restructuring.
Our clients also value our significant contribution to post-listing services including dependable assistance with corporate governance, ongoing regulatory requirements, M&A, share option schemes and secondary equity fundraisings.