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Owen E. Waft
Saudi Arabia Looks Beyond Oil and Encourages Foreign Investment
Middle East Alert
10 September 2015
UAE Expected to Issue Draft Law on Corporate Tax and VAT
Middle East Corporate Alert
7 July 2015
The New UAE Commercial Companies Law 2015
Middle East Corporate Alert
Gulf M&A bucks trend despite global uncertainty
12 November 2013
Change we can believe in?
Is a relaxation of the majority ownership requirements for UAE companies finally on its way?
November 14, 2011
K&L Gates, Lawyers Earn Honors in Chambers Global, Regional Guides
26 May 2016
K&L Gates Awarded Equity Deal of the Year Honor During IFLR Middle East Awards
16 October 2014
K&L Gates Advises on First IPO on NASDAQ Dubai in Five Years
9 April 2014
AIM -- The Worlds Leading Growth Market in the London Stock Exchange
Climate Change and Sustainability
Mining and Metals
Oil & Gas
Sovereign Wealth Funds and Public Pension Funds
LL.B., City of London Polytechnic, (Hons)
Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
Owen Waft is resident in the United Arab Emirates and is a senior corporate partner in K&L Gates’ Dubai office. Owen has particular experience in international cross border M&A, corporate finance, equity capital markets, private equity, joint ventures and commercial matters across a broad range of sectors including financial services, telecommunications, technology, natural resources and life sciences.
Owen Waft qualified as a lawyer in 1993. He joined the firm in 1994 and was made a partner in 1997.
Mergers & Acquisitions
Advising on sale of GCC chain of quick service restaurants.
Advising on acquisition of oil exploration and production assets in Egypt by Gulf region oil and gas exploration company.
Sale of pharmaceutical company to private equity fund.
Acquisition of interest in Qatari financial services company by UK household name business.
Acquisition of Gulf region aggregates quarries for GCC government owned entity.
Acquisition of multiple Dubai real estate assets and general corporate advice for UAE’s only registered REIT.
Acquisition of Gulf region financial services business by European financial services group.
Acquisition of Italian software business by UAE based cyber-security group.
Acquisition of Egyptian software business by UAE based cyber-security group.
Multi-jurisdiction sale by auction of truck body manufacturer of industrial vehicles group.
Acquisition of European natural resources company for Japanese listed manufacturing company.
Sale of vehicle salvage service provider to US market leader.
Pan-jurisdictional acquisition of printing technologies group.
Simultaneous acquisition of three industrial manufacturing businesses for German group.
Auction sale of overseas pharmaceuticals division for US/UK pharmaceuticals company.
Sale of biotechnology company to Danish life sciences group.
Sale of Philippines agricultural business to UK company.
Acquisition of pharmaceuticals company for NASDAQ listed specialty pharmaceuticals client.
Acquisition of music distribution business financed by debt and equity.
Joint Ventures and Commercial
Joint venture between US provider of Sharia’h financial services and UAE financial services company to form the UAE’s first Sharia’h compliant financial advisor business.
Joint venture for US biotechnology company with Saudi government entity.
Strategic joint venture for Gulf region mobile telecommunications company.
UAE joint venture for US provider of services to marine industry.
Investment in Qatari financial services company by UK household name group.
Establishing Gulf region presence for UK household name financial services company.
Saudi Arabian joint venture for German plastics industry company.
Joint venture and related fundraising for Gulf region television production company.
Establishing Gulf region presence for leading UK funds industry business.
Joint venture with Canadian supplier for UAE based food industry company.
Investment in DIFC regulated financial services business and related joint venture arrangements.
Investment, Private Equity & Fundraisings
Advising GCC sovereign wealth fund on investment in Malaysian healthcare business.
Advising GCC sovereign wealth fund on investment in European high performance vehicle manufacturer.
Advising on formation of regional segregated portfolio fund and related GCC fundraising.
Multi-jurisdiction private fundraising by UAE sports industry fund.
Gulf region fundraising for UK electronic payments company.
Advising fund for investment in Mexico energy related projects.
Cross border investment in international pharmaceutical company by consortium of US and UK based funds.
Investment in UK computer gaming technology company by Norwegian fund.
Establishing international private equity fund for investment in infrastructure equipment.
Establishing fund for investment in Mexico energy related projects.
Equity Capital Markets
Fundraising for Dubai’s only Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) (UAE).
IPO of Abu Dhabi investment fund (UAE/UK).
IPO of Sharia’h financial services company (US).
IPO on HKSE of power station environmental services company (China).
IPO of execution only private client broker (US).
IPO of investment company (UK).
IPO of oil & gas exploration company (US).
IPO of armor materials company (US).
IPO of medical device company acting for investment bank (US).
IPO of Tokyo technology company (Japan).
IPO of Chinese travel agency acting for investment bank (China).
IPO (by way of RTO) of private client broker (UK).
IPO of investment management company (UK).
IPO of building services company acting for investment bank (UK).
IPO of heating services company acting for investment bank (UK).
Dual listing of NASDAQ listed specialty pharmaceuticals client (US).
IPO of software publishing company (Hong Kong).
Creation of Depositary Receipt program for Amarin Corporation and subsequent multiple issues of same.
Creation of Depositary Receipt program for Phytopharm and subsequent issue of same.
Secondary (post IPO) fundraising for heating services company.
Secondary (post IPO) fundraising and related renegotiation of debt facility for US oil & gas exploration company.
Secondary (post IPO) fundraising gold exploration company.
Secondary (post IPO) fundraising for superconductor and energy efficiency company.
Secondary (post IPO) fundraising for oil & gas exploration company.
Secondary (post IPO) fundraising for software company.
Secondary (post IPO) fundraising for RFID company.
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