Gamal M. Abouali’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, and projects. He has extensive experience in cross-border transactions, and throughout his career has had a truly global practice.

Gamal joined the firm in 1997 and became partner in 2006. Before opening the Abu Dhabi office in 2012, he was resident in the New York and Paris offices.

Notable Experience

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Wind Telecom S.p.A. (formerly Weather Investments S.p.A.), the mobile telecommunications company led by Egyptian businessman Naguib Sawiris, in its combination with VimpelCom, in a deal valued at $21 billion, creating one of the world’s largest mobile telecommunications carriers.

  • Lafarge in its $15 billion acquisition (including the assumption of debt) of the cement business of Orascom Construction Industries and in the entry of the Sawiris family, OCI’s reference shareholders, in Lafarge’s share capital.

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Capital Markets

  • ArcelorMittal in over $10 billion of SEC-registered debt and equity.

  • The underwriters in the $1.02 billion Reg S/Rule 144A secondary offering of shares in Habib Bank Limited by the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, representing Pakistan’s largest ever equity offering.

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  • The Ministry of Oil of the Republic of Iraq in connection with the Basrah Gas Project, a joint venture between South Gas Company, Shell and Mitsubishi to process associated natural gas produced at certain oil fields in the Basrah region, and for the domestic and export sale of the related liquids and dry gas.

  • The Lebanese Ministry of Energy and Water in the first licensing round for hydrocarbon exploration within the Lebanese offshore Exclusive Economic Zone.

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