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King & Spalding e-Learn: M&A and Joint Ventures in the Middle East – Innovative Solutions to Common Issues

Recent changes in the Middle East’s legal environment, prompted by local government efforts to attract foreign investment, a growing wealthy population and other regional dynamics, present exciting opportunities for foreign investors in key sectors in the Middle East, including the healthcare, food & beverage, energy, infrastructure, education, real estate and hospitality sectors. King & Spalding’s regionally ranked "Band 1" corporate and M&A practice has developed a reputation for innovation in structuring transactions that enable investors based outside of the Middle East region to access formerly restricted sectors while ensuring enforceability of key transaction terms. Please join us for a discussion on common issues that arise in mergers & acquisitions and joint ventures in the Middle East (with a focus on the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait), including:

  • Optimal structuring and ensuring deal certainty in the Middle East by utilizing specialized transaction structures in jurisdictions such as the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) financial free zone and the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) financial free zone.
  • Tips for navigating common issues in due diligence in the Middle East, such as foreign ownership restrictions and nationality requirements.
  • Middle East-specific provisions for key transaction documents, including a discussion of commonly used provisions that may not be readily enforceable under local laws.
  • Structuring considerations and sector-specific issues in popular investment sectors such as healthcare, food & beverage, energy and infrastructure, education and real-estate and hospitality.

For more information, contact:

Glenda R. Smith
Senior Paralegal
King & Spalding
1180 Peachtree Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
+1 404 572 3017 Direct


King & Spalding is an accredited provider of CLE credit in California, Georgia, New York and Texas. We will also apply for CLE credit, when appropriate, in North Carolina and Virginia. Note for New York lawyers: The Interactive webcast format is approved for experienced lawyers and newly admitted lawyers admitted to the New York Bar on or after January 1, 2014. The content of this program is considered "Transitional" and "Non-Transitional". We will apply for CPD points with the Law Society of London.

All participants who certify that they attended the entire session and wish to receive CLE credit will receive a Universal Certificate of Attendance.

In addition, if a particular program qualifies for CLE credit in Georgia and/or Texas, King & Spalding will submit credits for participants to the Georgia and Texas bars. California and New York attorneys will receive their state-specific Certificate of Attendance to use when reporting compliance to their state bar. If Virginia approves a program for CLE credit, we will email Virginia participants a Virginia Certificate of Attendance to report credit.

A number of other states will allow credit for online CLE seminars. Note that some states limit the number of credit hours attorneys may claim for online CLE activities, and state rules vary with regard to whether online CLE activities qualify for participatory or self-study credits. Unfortunately, some CLE states are currently not allowing any credit for online CLE seminars. You will need to check with your State Bar(s) to determine if your state(s) will grant CLE credit, and you might be required to submit your Certificate of Attendance.

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Event Details

Date: November 12, 2018

Time: 12:30 pm (ET)

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There is no expense to participants.