Dentons Advises Sumitomo Chemical on the US$8 Billion Petro Rabigh and Petrochemical Complex Expansion

Dentons advised Sumitomo Chemical on its participation in the expansion of the refining and petrochemical complex owned and operated by Rabigh Refining & Petrochemical Company (Petro Rabigh). Sumitomo Chemical is a founding shareholder of, Petro Rabigh together with Saudi Aramco. The expansion project reached financial close on 16 March 2015 and the total project cost is estimated at US$8 billion. Sumitomo Chemical’s participation will initially take the form of a US$1 billion equity bridge loan guaranteed by Sumitomo Chemical, alongside a similar loan guaranteed by Saudi Aramco.

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Experienced Middle Eastern Corporate Lawyer Joins WFW in Dubai

Following on from the addition of new partners in its Athens, London and New York offices in 2015, Watson Farley & Williams (“WFW”) is pleased to welcome experienced corporate lawyer Suhail Mirza as a partner in its Dubai office. Suhail’s diverse practice covers the full spectrum of corporate and commercial work, including cross-border M&A, strategic joint ventures and corporate restructuring. He joins the firm from K&L Gates

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Dentons advise The Islamic Development Bank on US$10 billion programme update and US$1 billion issuance

Dentons advised The Islamic Development Bank (the IsDB) on the update of the IsDB Trust Services Limited US$10 billion Trust Certificate Issuance Programme (the Programme) completed on 24 February 2015. Dentons also advised the IsDB on the issue of US$1 billion Trust Certificates due 2020 under the Programme, completed on 12 March 2015. The Programme was listed on the London Stock Exchange and NASDAQ Dubai.

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Latham & Watkins Advises on the Middle East’s Largest Ever IPO

The Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi in association with Latham & Watkins LLP advised The National Commercial Bank (NCB) on the US$6 billion (SAR22.5 billion) initial public offering (IPO) of 25 percent of its shares at an offer price of SAR45 per NCB share. The 500 million shares sold in the IPO were held by the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF), and were divided into 300 million shares allocated for subscription by Saudi individuals and 200 million shares allocated for subscription by the Public Pension Agency (PPA). The individual allocation portion of this successful IPO was 23 times oversubscribed as of the close of the subscription period on 2 November 2014, and the PPA fully subscribed to the shares allocated to it. The IPO is the largest equity offering ever in Saudi Arabia and in the Arab world, and is also the second largest IPO globally so far this year. PIF retained a 44.9 percent stake in NCB after listing on the Tadawul, which took place on 12 November 2014.

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Stephenson Harwood advises on $2.5 billion development deal in Oman

International law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised on a large scale real estate and tourism development project in Oman.

The Omagine project, which will cost approximately 2.5 billion US dollars to develop, was agreed with the Ministry of Tourism for the government of Oman and Omagine LLC. The project team from Stephenson Harwood’s Dubai office advised Omagine LLC, which will design, build, own and operate the mixed use ‘integrated tourism complex’ under a special royal decree which allows non-Omani citizens to buy and own real estate in Oman which is connected to a tourism development. The development agreement was signed on October 2, 2014.

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Dentons advises BTMU on landmark US$100 million commodity murabahah facility to ICD

Dentons has advised Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (Malaysia) on an Islamic commodity murabahah facility of US$100 million to the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector.

ICD is one of the most influential agencies in the Islamic finance markets and the facility is the first ever financing by BTMU with a multilateral international financial entity.

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Dentons advises Burgan Bank on US$500 million issuance

Dentons has advised Burgan Bank on the issuance of US$500 million Perpetual Tier 1 Capital Securities, which completed on 30 September 2014. The Capital Securities were listed on the Irish Stock Exchange and represented Kuwait’s first ever Basel III-compliant regulatory capital issuance.

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Linklaters advises on one of the largest IPOs in UAE

Linklaters has advised Emaar Malls Group (EMG), the leading owner and operator of shopping malls in Dubai, and its parent company, Emaar Properties, on EMG’s IPO, the second largest ever in the United Arab Emirates. The initial sale of shares were priced at the top of the proposed range amid huge demand from investors, making it the largest stock offer in a Gulf Arab economy since 2008.

Shares in the initial public offer were priced at 2.90 dirhams per share, giving an overall sale value of 5.8 billion dirhams ($1.58 billion). With a market value of 37.7 billion dirhams upon listing, it will become the third-largest stock on the Dubai Financial Market when it begins trading on Oct. 2.

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