Welcome to the Saudi Arabia focus edition of Law Update.
One of the key markets in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) that continues to lead from the front is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). As the largest country in the Middle East and the 18th largest economy in the world, the progress KSA continues to make is underpinned by its Vision 2030 that envisions developing the country as an investment powerhouse and hub that ultimately connects Asia, Europe, and Africa. Given Saudi Arabia’s significance to the regional economy, our team of experts have prepared a range of pertinent articles that provide insights into new laws, regulations, and the legal landscape in the Kingdom.
This edition will provide you with an up-to-date guide on matters such as; the framework issued by the Saudi Central Bank on IT governance, the anti-corruption landscape under Vision 2030; we also provide practical tips for dispute avoidance. This is only a snapshot; there are many more articles within the KSA focus section for you to read, which we hope you will find valuable and enjoyable.Read the edition
Al Tamimi & Company advised Al Mal Capital on the establishment of the Al Mal Capital REIT, which recently gained approval from the Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA) to float on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM). This IPO is a first of its kind in the UAE for the financial sector being the first REIT listed with an onshore exchange. With a target offer size of AED 500m, it will also be the first IPO in Dubai since 2017.
Leading investment advisory and asset management company, Al Mal Capital, will be seeking to invest in a diversified portfolio of income-generating UAE real estate assets backed by long-term lease agreements predominantly in the industrial, healthcare and education sectors. In a difficult market, this deal represents the second IPO announced by the Al Tamimi team in a month after the successful IPO of UAE tech company, Yalla Group Limited.
Al Tamimi’s Deputy Managing Partner & Regional Head of Banking & Finance, Jody Waugh, commented: “We are delighted to support and act as an integral part of the Al Mal Capital team and excited to see the DFM as the choice for the first onshore listed REIT. The recent drop in real estate assets has created an opportunity for new investors and new business creation – it’s great to see a leader like Al Mal Capital take advantage of this and support the UAE’s future development.”