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Osama Audi specializes in private equity, M&A, joint ventures, venture capital, complex corporate structuring, and corporate finance. He works with clients doing business in the Middle East, Africa and south and south-east Asia in sectors such as energy and infrastructure, oil & gas (including petrochemicals), consumer goods and retail, technology and e-commerce, healthcare, education, financial services, logistics and transport and real estate, hospitality and leisure.

Recognized for his commercial-oriented approach to transactions and his work-ethic, he represents regional and international private equity and alternative investment funds, sovereign wealth funds, family offices, multi-nationals and closely-held businesses.

In their 2018 through 2020 rankings, he was recognized by Legal500 as a “Next Generation” lawyer and by IFLR as “Highly Regarded” for his private equity, M&A and joint ventures work. He is also recognized by Legal500 for his work in the oil & gas sector and by IFLR for his work in the food & beverage sector. 

Osama is fluent in Arabic and English.

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Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) on a joint venture with EDF International for energy efficiency projects across the MENA region.

Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) on the sale of Masdar City Cooling Company to the National Central Cooling Company (Tabreed).

Saudi Real Estate Company (Al Akaria) on its joint venture with Arabian Dream, a wholly owned subsidiary of Triple Five (the developer of the Mall of America and the West Edmonton Mall) to develop the world's largest mall in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) on a joint venture with EDF International for energy efficiency projects across the MENA region.

Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) on the sale of Masdar City Cooling Company to the National Central Cooling Company (Tabreed).

Saudi Real Estate Company (Al Akaria) on its joint venture with Arabian Dream, a wholly owned subsidiary of Triple Five (the developer of the Mall of America and the West Edmonton Mall) to develop the world's largest mall in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Baker Hughes, a GE company on the US$550 million acquisition of a 5% interest in ADNOC Drilling, the subsidiary of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company and the suite of commercial framework agreements in relation to the sale of products and services by BHGE to ADNOC Drilling. The transaction won the "MENA M&A Deal of the Year" award at the 2019 IJGlobal awards.

GFH Financial Group BSC on the acquisition of a significant majority interest in three Saudi Arabian companies which own a total of four American curriculum K through 12 schools.

The founders of Geidea on the sale of a significant portion of their business to Gulf Capital. The transaction was reported by the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association to be the largest ever in the Fintech space in the Middle East and the largest Middle East private equity transaction in 2018.

Occidental Petroleum Corporation, on the sale of its LNG assets in Mozambique to Total S.A. for US$3.9 billion.

NBK Capital Partners on their acquisition of a majority interest in 4Sale.com, the market-leading online classifieds portal in Kuwait and Egypt.

Meraas Holding LLC on its joint venture with Caesars Palace to develop and operate the Blue Water mega-resort in Dubai.

Puratos NV, a privately held, Belgium-headquartered food & beverage ingredients manufacturer of a full range of ingredients and raw materials for the bakery, patisserie and chocolate sectors on the acquisition of 51% of the share capital of Lebanon-based Bano Group with operations in Lebanon, the UAE, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

Delivery Hero AG on the restructuring and acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Carriage.com, a leading regional online and mobile food ordering and delivery website. The transaction has been shortlisted by the International Financial Law Review 2017 Middle East awards for “M&A Deal of the Year” and won “Corporate Finance Deal of the Year” from Islamic Finance News.

Baxter Healthcare on its acquisition of a controlling interest in a healthcare business with operations in Saudi Arabia.

The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) on the negotiation of a framework agreement and the structuring and establishment of a US$1.5 billion fund to acquire approximately 15 very large crude carriers.

Investcorp on the acquisition of a stake in Bindawood Group, which owns one of the largest chains of grocery stores and related businesses in Saudi Arabia. The transaction was Investcorp’s largest investment in the Middle East to date.

Gulf Capital on the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Multibrands LLC from Sadita Holding through a CMA fund. Multibrands is a leading Saudi food & beverage distribution business that distributes brands including Alicafe, Alitea, Dole, Freez drinks, Ocean Spray, Saladitos, Sweet’n Low, McCain frozen foods, and others.

Delivery Hero Holding GmbH on the acquisition of the online and mobile food ordering company Talabat.com from Rocket Internet AG through a share swap valued at approximately EUR 165 million, the largest Middle East tech acquisition since Yahoo!’s 2009 acquisition of Maktoob (awarded “Middle East Deal of the Year” at the 2016 annual Europe Middle East & Africa Atlas Awards).

Delivery Hero Holding AG on the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of iFood Jordan, the leading Jordanian online and mobile food-ordering website.

The founders of Elixir Management Consultancy on the sale of their Jeddah-based management consultancy business to McKinsey & Co.

The founders of Dabo & Co. on the sale of their public relations business to Edelman, the leading U.S.-based public relations firm. The transaction was shortlisted by the International Financial Law Review 2016 Middle East awards for “M&A Deal of the Year”.

Marka PJSC on its acquisition of Retailcorp UAE, one of the largest sports retailers in the UAE, from Dubai World.

Marka PJSC on its acquisition from Gourmet Gulf of the entirety of the business and assets constituting the Morelli’s Gelato café chain in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain.

Dalma Energy LLC and Al Qahtani Investments LLC on the establishment of the Dutch joint venture Rider International B.V. with Netherlands-based Well Engineering Partners B.V., and the negotiation of a shareholders’ agreement and license agreements in respect thereof. The joint venture is focused on the development of the hand-held ‘Rig Rider’ oil-drilling rig safety and procedures technology.

Vision Investments Holding, the family office of Khaldoun Al Tabari, the founder of Drake & Scull one of the largest regional construction firms, on the acquisition, in partnership with Tamarisk, a regional private equity firm, of a significant minority interest in Middle East Tanking Solutions FZ LLC, the owner of a large petrochemical tanking farm in Fujairah.

Future Entertainment Works LLC on its joint venture with a number of parties including Winsun, the Shanghai-based developer of large-scale construction 3-D printing technology.

Growl Media founders on the sale of a minority interest in their media/technology firm to AuVest.

Sultan bin Khalifa Holdings on the negotiation of a detailed franchise agreement with 7-Eleven, Inc., in order to franchise 7-Eleven-branded convenience stores in the UAE.

ICD-Brookfield on its acquisition of a plot of land in the DIFC and the optimal structure in respect of the acquisition and development of the plot.

Seven Tides Limited on the conduct of due diligence on various real estate assets (including the Anantara Hotel & Residence and the Oceana), contracting arrangements and financing documentation to advise on optimal holding structure.

Shapoorji Pallonji on various real estate joint ventures including the structuring and documentation of a joint venture with MBM Holdings to develop a tower in Dubai Healthcare City.

Al Marjan Island, on a mixed use real estate development on Al Marjan Island to develop a senior assisted living community in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE.

Dubai World Africa on numerous real estate and leisure acquisitions, joint ventures and developments in South Africa, Rwanda, Tanzania, Comoros, Senegal, Zimbabwe, the UAE and Mauritius.

Shareholders of Adwaa Al Riyadh on the sale of 60% of the share capital of Adwaa Al Riyadh, a school operator located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Al Khabeer Capital, a regional private equity firm.

Swiss International School Management Consultants on the establishment of a Swiss/IB curriculum school in Dubai.

A confidential regional investment fund on a subscription for shares in: (i) a property holding company which is responsible for the development of a Marriott-branded hotel; and (ii) an operating company responsible for the operation of the hotel post-development.

Kestrel Capital Management on shareholders’ agreement in respect of Kestrel Capital East Africa, the largest stock brokerage in Kenya; liaised with local counsel to ensure provisions of shareholders agreement did not violate Capital Markets Authority regulations.

Kestrel Capital Management on the restructuring and migration of Panafrican, one of the largest mining supply companies in east-Africa; drafted numerous resolutions in respect of restructuring; instructed counsel in Mauritius, BVI and various African jurisdictions on re-organization.

Kestrel Capital Management on the preparation of documentation in respect of a long-term employee incentive plan for its senior management; drafted long-term incentive plan document and ancillary documentation.

New Century Development/Doyelcy Group on the development of a large hotel and residential tower in Kigali, Rwanda.

Dubai World on the negotiation and drafting of the arrangements with the European Tour to set-up the DP World Championship golf tournament based in the Jumeirah Golf Estates mater planned community in Dubai.

Jumeirah Golf Estates on various aspects of the master planned community including advising on potential joint ventures to develop plots within the master community.

Jumeirah Golf Estates on the negotiation and drafting of a consultancy and licensing agreement with celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, for the design and branding of Jumeirah Golf Estates kitchens, and restaurant licensing agreement for Jamie’s Italian eatery.

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Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) on a joint venture with EDF International for energy efficiency projects across the MENA region.

Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) on the sale of Masdar City Cooling Company to the National Central Cooling Company (Tabreed).

Saudi Real Estate Company (Al Akaria) on its joint venture with Arabian Dream, a wholly owned subsidiary of Triple Five (the developer of the Mall of America and the West Edmonton Mall) to develop the world's largest mall in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) on a joint venture with EDF International for energy efficiency projects across the MENA region.

Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) on the sale of Masdar City Cooling Company to the National Central Cooling Company (Tabreed).

Saudi Real Estate Company (Al Akaria) on its joint venture with Arabian Dream, a wholly owned subsidiary of Triple Five (the developer of the Mall of America and the West Edmonton Mall) to develop the world's largest mall in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Baker Hughes, a GE company on the US$550 million acquisition of a 5% interest in ADNOC Drilling, the subsidiary of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company and the suite of commercial framework agreements in relation to the sale of products and services by BHGE to ADNOC Drilling. The transaction won the "MENA M&A Deal of the Year" award at the 2019 IJGlobal awards.

GFH Financial Group BSC on the acquisition of a significant majority interest in three Saudi Arabian companies which own a total of four American curriculum K through 12 schools.

The founders of Geidea on the sale of a significant portion of their business to Gulf Capital. The transaction was reported by the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association to be the largest ever in the Fintech space in the Middle East and the largest Middle East private equity transaction in 2018.

Occidental Petroleum Corporation, on the sale of its LNG assets in Mozambique to Total S.A. for US$3.9 billion.

NBK Capital Partners on their acquisition of a majority interest in 4Sale.com, the market-leading online classifieds portal in Kuwait and Egypt.

Meraas Holding LLC on its joint venture with Caesars Palace to develop and operate the Blue Water mega-resort in Dubai.

Puratos NV, a privately held, Belgium-headquartered food & beverage ingredients manufacturer of a full range of ingredients and raw materials for the bakery, patisserie and chocolate sectors on the acquisition of 51% of the share capital of Lebanon-based Bano Group with operations in Lebanon, the UAE, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

Delivery Hero AG on the restructuring and acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Carriage.com, a leading regional online and mobile food ordering and delivery website. The transaction has been shortlisted by the International Financial Law Review 2017 Middle East awards for “M&A Deal of the Year” and won “Corporate Finance Deal of the Year” from Islamic Finance News.

Baxter Healthcare on its acquisition of a controlling interest in a healthcare business with operations in Saudi Arabia.

The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) on the negotiation of a framework agreement and the structuring and establishment of a US$1.5 billion fund to acquire approximately 15 very large crude carriers.

Investcorp on the acquisition of a stake in Bindawood Group, which owns one of the largest chains of grocery stores and related businesses in Saudi Arabia. The transaction was Investcorp’s largest investment in the Middle East to date.

Gulf Capital on the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Multibrands LLC from Sadita Holding through a CMA fund. Multibrands is a leading Saudi food & beverage distribution business that distributes brands including Alicafe, Alitea, Dole, Freez drinks, Ocean Spray, Saladitos, Sweet’n Low, McCain frozen foods, and others.

Delivery Hero Holding GmbH on the acquisition of the online and mobile food ordering company Talabat.com from Rocket Internet AG through a share swap valued at approximately EUR 165 million, the largest Middle East tech acquisition since Yahoo!’s 2009 acquisition of Maktoob (awarded “Middle East Deal of the Year” at the 2016 annual Europe Middle East & Africa Atlas Awards).

Delivery Hero Holding AG on the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of iFood Jordan, the leading Jordanian online and mobile food-ordering website.

The founders of Elixir Management Consultancy on the sale of their Jeddah-based management consultancy business to McKinsey & Co.

The founders of Dabo & Co. on the sale of their public relations business to Edelman, the leading U.S.-based public relations firm. The transaction was shortlisted by the International Financial Law Review 2016 Middle East awards for “M&A Deal of the Year”.

Marka PJSC on its acquisition of Retailcorp UAE, one of the largest sports retailers in the UAE, from Dubai World.

Marka PJSC on its acquisition from Gourmet Gulf of the entirety of the business and assets constituting the Morelli’s Gelato café chain in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain.

Dalma Energy LLC and Al Qahtani Investments LLC on the establishment of the Dutch joint venture Rider International B.V. with Netherlands-based Well Engineering Partners B.V., and the negotiation of a shareholders’ agreement and license agreements in respect thereof. The joint venture is focused on the development of the hand-held ‘Rig Rider’ oil-drilling rig safety and procedures technology.

Vision Investments Holding, the family office of Khaldoun Al Tabari, the founder of Drake & Scull one of the largest regional construction firms, on the acquisition, in partnership with Tamarisk, a regional private equity firm, of a significant minority interest in Middle East Tanking Solutions FZ LLC, the owner of a large petrochemical tanking farm in Fujairah.

Future Entertainment Works LLC on its joint venture with a number of parties including Winsun, the Shanghai-based developer of large-scale construction 3-D printing technology.

Growl Media founders on the sale of a minority interest in their media/technology firm to AuVest.

Sultan bin Khalifa Holdings on the negotiation of a detailed franchise agreement with 7-Eleven, Inc., in order to franchise 7-Eleven-branded convenience stores in the UAE.

ICD-Brookfield on its acquisition of a plot of land in the DIFC and the optimal structure in respect of the acquisition and development of the plot.

Seven Tides Limited on the conduct of due diligence on various real estate assets (including the Anantara Hotel & Residence and the Oceana), contracting arrangements and financing documentation to advise on optimal holding structure.

Shapoorji Pallonji on various real estate joint ventures including the structuring and documentation of a joint venture with MBM Holdings to develop a tower in Dubai Healthcare City.

Al Marjan Island, on a mixed use real estate development on Al Marjan Island to develop a senior assisted living community in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE.

Dubai World Africa on numerous real estate and leisure acquisitions, joint ventures and developments in South Africa, Rwanda, Tanzania, Comoros, Senegal, Zimbabwe, the UAE and Mauritius.

Shareholders of Adwaa Al Riyadh on the sale of 60% of the share capital of Adwaa Al Riyadh, a school operator located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Al Khabeer Capital, a regional private equity firm.

Swiss International School Management Consultants on the establishment of a Swiss/IB curriculum school in Dubai.

A confidential regional investment fund on a subscription for shares in: (i) a property holding company which is responsible for the development of a Marriott-branded hotel; and (ii) an operating company responsible for the operation of the hotel post-development.

Kestrel Capital Management on shareholders’ agreement in respect of Kestrel Capital East Africa, the largest stock brokerage in Kenya; liaised with local counsel to ensure provisions of shareholders agreement did not violate Capital Markets Authority regulations.

Kestrel Capital Management on the restructuring and migration of Panafrican, one of the largest mining supply companies in east-Africa; drafted numerous resolutions in respect of restructuring; instructed counsel in Mauritius, BVI and various African jurisdictions on re-organization.

Kestrel Capital Management on the preparation of documentation in respect of a long-term employee incentive plan for its senior management; drafted long-term incentive plan document and ancillary documentation.

New Century Development/Doyelcy Group on the development of a large hotel and residential tower in Kigali, Rwanda.

Dubai World on the negotiation and drafting of the arrangements with the European Tour to set-up the DP World Championship golf tournament based in the Jumeirah Golf Estates mater planned community in Dubai.

Jumeirah Golf Estates on various aspects of the master planned community including advising on potential joint ventures to develop plots within the master community.

Jumeirah Golf Estates on the negotiation and drafting of a consultancy and licensing agreement with celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, for the design and branding of Jumeirah Golf Estates kitchens, and restaurant licensing agreement for Jamie’s Italian eatery.

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Credentials

J.D., Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law

B.A., Pennsylvania State University

New York

Arabic