Chris Macbeth has a broad commercial practice that includes cross-border M&A, corporate and financial transactions, and private equity and funds, including LP investments and co-investments by institutional investors and investments by funds.

Throughout his career he has developed a multijurisdictional practice, particularly in emerging markets, with more than a decade of focus on the MENA region. He has extensive experience representing Middle East sovereign wealth funds in their investments across a wide range of sectors and geographies.

Chris joined the firm in 2006 and became counsel in 2013. From 2006 to 2012, he was resident in the London office.

Notable Experience

  • A consortium of selling shareholders led by Mansour Ojjeh and TAG Airport Limited on the sale of TAG Farnborough Airport to Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 6.

  • Several leading GCC sovereign wealth funds in numerous multibillion-dollar funds, investment, and co-investment transactions.

  • TAG Group Limited in a transaction involving the simultaneous settlement of litigation with Ron Dennis, the £275 million acquisition of his stakes in McLaren Technology Group Limited (MTGL) and McLaren Automotive Limited (MAL), the bringing together of MTGL and MAL and their respective subsidiaries under the new holding company, McLaren Group Limited, and a related £564 million bond offering.

  • Philip Morris International in its acquisition of 49 percent of the shares of Arab Investors-TA for $625 million, as well as in its agreement with Trans-Emirates Trading & Investment (FZC) to create a new cigarette manufacturing and distribution joint venture in Egypt.

  • Dhabi Group in the $758 million sale of its 30 percent interest in Warid Telecom (Private) Limited to Singapore Telecomunications Limited, giving Warid Telecom an enterprise value of $2.9 billion.

  • Dhabi Group in the merger of Warid and Mobilink, the first merger in the mobile telecommunications sector in Pakistan.

  • Agilent Technologies in its $2.2 billion acquisition of Danish cancer diagnostics company Dako A/S.

  • TPG in its £1.3 billion sale of Turkish spirits manufacturer Mey İçki Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S. to Diageo plc.

  • Istithmar in its global joint venture with Education Media and Publishing Group Limited (EMPG) to form the vehicle EMPG International Limited.

  • Henkel in its £2.7 billion acquisition of the adhesives and electronic and engineering materials businesses of Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI).

  • UniCredit on the establishment of the first ADGM branch of an international bank.

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UAE Issues New Foreign Direct Investment Law,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, November 19, 2018 (co-authors: Gamal Abouali, Lynn Ammar, Maha Alali, and Mohamed Taha).

End of 51 Per Cent Emirati Ownership Rule ‘Will Greatly Spur Foreign Investment,’The National, May 22, 2018.

“Iran—9 Months On,” Banker Middle East, October 2016 (co-authors: Till Müller-Ibold and Paul Marquardt).

“Abu Dhabi Sets Foundations for a Flourishing Market,” The National, June 27, 2015.