International law firm Clyde & Co is pleased to announce the appointment of Imran Sami as a corporate partner in its MENA corporate group, bringing regional corporate partner numbers to 14 and total regional partner numbers to 36. Imran will be based in Clyde & Co’s Dubai office.
Imran brings 18 years’ experience in all aspects of corporate finance, including multi-jurisdictional public and private M&A, joint ventures, reorganisations and equity capital markets transactions as well as in providing general corporate and corporate governance advice. Imran has significant experience advising investors, management teams and companies in private equity and venture capital transactions. Prior to joining Clyde & Co, Imran was a corporate partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP and Starr & Partners LLP.
Jonathan Silver, who heads Clyde & Co’s MENA operations said of the appointment: “We are excited to welcome Imran to the region. His individual expertise will be a valuable addition to our global team and will strengthen the specialist services that we can offer clients in the MENA region and beyond.”
Earlier this year, Clyde & Co’s MENA corporate team launched the Middle East Deal Study – the first of its kind in the region, the study analyses data from 86 of the mergers and acquisitions and joint venture transactions worked on by the Clyde & Co MENA team in 2012. It establishes a baseline for ‘market practice’ in the Middle East, providing a unique insight into doing business in the Middle East and identifying trends.
Transactions that Clyde & Co’s MENA corporate team have recently worked on include advising Cranleigh School on the commercial structure and operations for its new campus in Abu Dhabi; advising Saudi Hollandi Capital who served as underwriters on the issuance of SAR 87 million (approximately USD 23.2 million) rights issue shares by Anaam International Holding Group; and advising KSA based Northern Region Cement on its 300% oversubscribed IPO.
Clyde & Co has 5 MENA region offices operating as a single unit: Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the UAE; Doha in Qatar; Riyadh in Saudi Arabia; and Tripoli in Libya. The firm formalised its presence in the Middle East in 1989 after many years of client activity, and today has over 300 staff in the region.
Internationally, with over 2,400 staff and 33 offices across 6 continents, Clyde & Co is particularly well known for expertise in relation to international trade, emerging markets and in relation to high profile and/or difficult dispute resolution work. The firm’s core sectors of focus are infrastructure; international trade; insurance; transportation and natural resources.