People

“Afridi delivers international quality advice on local law matters. The team meets deadlines and bring a commercial understanding to their work product. They are also responsive and personable in their dealings.” - Legal 500 EMEA

Areas of Expertise

  • Banking and Finance
  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency
  • Capital Markets
  • Compliance
  • Competition and Antitrust
  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Funds
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality and Leisure
  • Industrial and Manufacturing
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Mining and Metals
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate
  • Restructuring
  • Retail
  • Telecommunications, Media and Technology
  • Transport
  • Venture Capital

Qualifications

  • Professional
  • Punjab Bar Council
  • Languages
  • English
  • Urdu
  • Academic
  • Kings College London, 2011
Notable Matters

Abdus has led on a wide range of M&A transactions. These include:

  • Advising the purchaser on all aspects of its acquisition of the freight forwarding business of a leading logistics services provider. This deal was structured as an asset purchase and accordingly required complex completion arrangements with regards to the relevant UAE assets and employees. It also concerned the acquisition of assets in over 11 foreign jurisdictions.

 

  • Advising the vendor in the sale of three related schools in the Emirate of Sharjah for USD 100 million. The deal included a leasing arrangement pursuant to which the vendor will continue to own the property on which the schools are built and will lease the property to the purchaser.

 

  • Advising Siemens AG and Alstom S.A on all UAE competition aspects of the abortive merger of Alstom S.A with Siemens AG’s mobility division. This is widely considered to be amongst the first merger clearance requests to be submitted in the UAE.

 

  • Advising the vendors on the sale of an 80 per cent stake in a Dubai-based school to a GCC private equity firm for AED 200 million.
Speaking Engagements
  • Speaker, Overview of the UAE and DIFC Companies Law, workshop organised by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce, Dubai, 16 April 2019
  • Panelist, The New African Competition Regimes, Lex Mundi Africa and Middle East Regional Forum, 26-28 February 2019, Dubai
Awards and Testimonials

Abdus has been ranked as a  “Rising Star” in Corporate/Commercial and M&A for the second year running

Legal 500 EMEA 2021 

 

About

Abdus Samad is a corporate lawyer based in Afridi & Angell’s Dubai office. He specialises in M&A and corporate transactions and has extensive knowledge and experience in cross-border matters, including complex acquisitions and divestures for a broad range of public and private sector clients.

 

Abdus has been ranked as a “Rising Star” for commercial, corporate, and M&A in Legal 500 EMEA.

 

Abdus has led on a wide range of M&A transactions. These include:

 

· Advising the purchaser on all aspects of its acquisition of the freight forwarding business of a leading logistics services provider. This deal was structured as an asset purchase and accordingly required complex completion arrangements with regards to the relevant UAE assets and employees. It also concerned the acquisition of assets in over 11 foreign jurisdictions.

 

· Advising the vendor in the sale of three related schools in the Emirate of Sharjah for USD 100 million. The deal included a leasing arrangement pursuant to which the vendor will continue to own the property on which the schools are built and will lease the property to the purchaser.

 

· Advising Siemens AG and Alstom S.A on all UAE competition aspects of the abortive merger of Alstom S.A with Siemens AG’s mobility division. This is widely considered to be amongst the first merger clearance requests to be submitted in the UAE.

 

· Advised London Stock Exchange Group plc on all UAE competition and merger control aspects of its USD 27 billion all-share acquisition of Refinitiv.

 

· Advising the vendors on the sale of an 80 per cent stake in a Dubai-based school to a GCC private equity firm for AED 200 million.