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Owen E. Waft

Partner
+971.4.427.2714
Fax +971.4.447.5225
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.

Professional Background

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.