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Samer Y. Amro advises international banks and major companies across the Middle East on a range of corporate and finance transactions, with a focus on private equity, mergers and acquisitions, funds and collective investment schemes, structured finance and Islamic finance. He also advises on regulatory issues relating to banking and telecommunications issues and has interacted with various regulatory authorities in the Middle East.

Mr. Amro’s extensive experience in the Middle East includes advising on acquisition transactions of private companies, private equity transactions and private placements in nations such as Jordan, Egypt and Syria as well as those of the Gulf Cooperation Council (United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman).

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Amro was a local partner in the Dubai office of an international law firm. He has also worked at a leading law firm in Bahrain and a major law firm in Jordan. Previously, he served as the general counsel and compliance officer of a telecommunications company based in Bahrain.

Significant Representations

  • A leading Saudi steel manufacturer on the restructuring of various debt facilities inside and outside Saudi Arabia in an aggregate amount of more than 1.6 billion Saudi Riyals.*
  • A Bahrain-based investment bank on the acquisition of a majority stake in a chemical manufacturing company in Jordan, structured based on Shari’a principles.*
  • A leading regional steel manufacturer on the disposal of a majority stake of a steel company in Abu Dhabi.*
  • A leading UAE group on the disposal of minority stake in a large iron and steel UAE-based company to a major Japanese iron and steel manufacturer.*
  • A Jordanian group of investors on a US$150 million acquisition transaction involving a technology company in Jordan.*
  • A US investor in the potential acquisition of a minority stake in a company based in Abu Dhabi operating in the aviation sector.*
  • A regional investment company on a potential $ 50 million acquisition of a majority stake in a engineering company based in Saudi Arabia.
  • A regional family group in the disposal of a minority stake held in a hospital in Egypt.
  • A leading family group in Saudi Arabia in the potential acquisition of majority stake in a chain of convenience stores operating in Saudi Arabia and in the UAE.
  • A regional hospitality group in the sale of a property (hotel) in the UAE.
  • A regional investment bank in the sale of its investment in a veterinary business in Saudi Arabia.
  • A Bahraini investment firm in the potential acquisition of a commercial real estate property in Dubai.
  • A UAE investment entity in their joint venture with a Qatari entity for their project to construct and operate a new luxury resort in one of the Emirates in the UAE.
  • A Bahraini Investment bank in their joint venture with a major Saudi Company for the establishment of a hospital in Khobar, Saudi Arabia.
  • A Bahraini investment bank in the disposal of a majority stake held in an IT company in Saudi Arabia.
  • A leading family group in the potential acquisition of a minority stake in a company based in Abu Dhabi in the education sector.
  • A private equity house on the potential acquisition of a majority stake in a chain of pharmacies in Saudi Arabia.
  • A regional investment company on a potential €250 million acquisition bid for a stake in a holding company with participations in various mobile telecommunications companies in Africa, including conducting a full legal due diligence (mainly in French) on all corporate, commercial and regulatory aspects of the activities of the subsidiaries with telecommunications licenses, and drafting and assisting in the negotiation of the transaction documents.*
  • A private equity house on the acquisition of a majority stake in an aviation company in Jordan, structured based on Shari’a principles.*
  • A Bahrain-based investment bank on the acquisition of a majority stake in a chemical manufacturing company in Jordan, structured based on Shari’a principles.*
  • A $2 billion infrastructure fund domiciled in Bahrain for a large regional group in collaboration with an international investment bank.*
  • A North American public company on a US$100 million acquisition in Bahrain.*
  • An Abu Dhabi-based investment bank on a US$150 million private equity fund and a US$150 million MENA public equity fund.*
  • The lead arrangers on $230 million of Shari’a-compliant financing extended in the U.S. to a portfolio company of an Islamic investment bank.*
  • A group of U.S. noteholders on the restructuring of $260 million of Shari’a-compliant debt facilities for a U.S.-based manufacturer.*
  • A private group of GCC investors on the establishment of a US$300 million investment vehicle for investments in an oil tanker business and oil-related industry.*
  • A syndicate of lenders on a multibillion-dollar secured credit facility extended to a leading company based in Kuwait.*
  • An Islamic investment bank on various aspects of the securitization on behalf of a client of Ijaras and Istisna’a contracts using MBS structures.*
  • An Islamic bank in Bahrain on various Murabaha and Istisna’a Islamic structured finance products transactions.*
  • An Islamic investment bank on an asset-backed Islamic debt securities (Ijarah/Istisna’a Sukuk ) issue and in drafting all documentation, including the offering circular and security package.*
  • A leading UAE-based real estate developer on two high-value real estate developments in Saudi Arabia, including full due diligence on legal issues relating to real estate development in Saudi Arabia, including rules on foreign investments, land acquisition, expropriation issues, buildings laws, tenancy and leasing rules, the environmental regime, corporate and commercial issues, labor issues and insurance requirements.*
  • An Islamic investment bank based in Bahrain on the structuring and private placement of US$40 million in shares in an investment vehicle for investments in real estate development projects in Saudi Arabia*
  • A regional mobile operator on various regulatory issues, including interacting with the regulator and other telecommunications operators.*
  • A Bahrain investment bank on various banking regulatory issues, including interacting with the Central Bank of Bahrain.*
  • The subsidiary of a major Saudi bank on two large real estate financing projects based on a Mudarabah and Ijara structure.*
  • Advising on the establishment of numerous Shari’a-compliant funds (both private and listed) and investment companies.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Dechert

Education

University of Jordan Faculty of Law, B.A., Law, 1993, with highest honors
Université des Sciences Sociales De Toulouse, Maîtrise en Droit Privé, 1996, with honors
Université des Sciences Sociales De Toulouse, DEA en Droit Privé, 1996, with honors
Université des Sciences Sociales De Toulouse, Doctorate of Law, 2000, with honors

Bar Admissions/Qualifications

Jordan

Memberships

Jordanian Bar Association

Languages

English
French
Arabic