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Firms in the spotlight: Banking, finance and capital markets Firms in the Spotlight: Commercial, Corporate and M&A

Firms in the spotlight: Banking, finance and capital markets

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As a dominant market advisor in banking and finance, Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm (AJA) has a strong expertise in the expansion of a bank’s network through synergies between its commercial and investment banking activities. The Firm’s added value is particularly sought after in structured finance and the Firm’s banking law experts combine legal capabilities and sophisticated business perspective with a creative and multidisciplinary approach to handle the structuring and documentation of complex financing transactions involving a broad range of traditional and newer asset classes.

The Firm has considerable experience advising on a wide range of domestic and international extensions of credit, such as secured and syndicated multicurrency facilities. The Firm advises local and foreign banks on matters of corporate governance, regulatory compliance, cross-border banking, marketing of collective investment schemes and online money remittances.

Recent representative work includes transactions of first impression in region, namely:

  • The largest-ever asset-backed issuance in Lebanon through the $200 Million securitization of Solidere‚Äôs real estate receivables.
  • A $150M cross-border syndicated facility led by Deutsche bank to a Lebanon-based telecom group operating in Africa.
  • The acquisition of a listed bank in Europe.
  • The acquisition of a real estate company through the issuance of convertible bonds.
  • A multi-bank private placement initiative to finance the launch of a TV station.
  • The pioneer conversion of a financial company into an investment bank.
  • The issuance by a Lebanese banking group of preferred shares.
  • Several mergers of large commercial banks in Lebanon.

Firms in the Spotlight: Commercial, Corporate and M&A

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Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm (AJA) regularly advises clients on complex cross-border acquisitions and corporate finance transactions in a wide array of sectors including telecoms, real estate, retail and banking. The Firm has extensive experience in the regulatory process of acquisitions such as licensing, compliance and post-acquisition integration. The Firm’s add-value is through its in-depth specialization and sharp understanding of the financial aspects of M&A deals allowing it to propose tailored legal solutions.

Recent representative work includes transactions of first impression in region, namely:

  • Acquisitions of several telecom operators in Africa by major telecoms groups, including Africell, Orange, and Novaphone.
  • Acquisition by an investment bank of a real estate company through the issuance of hybrid financial instruments.
  • A multi-million acquisition by a Lebanese bank of a listed European bank.
  • A multi-bank private placement initiative to finance the launch of a TV station.
  • A private placement by an investment bank involving a fiduciary structure to finance the launch of a real estate project.
  • Acquisition by a bank of an equity stake in a listed UK-based financial services firm which core business line is carbon capital.
  • A private equity investment by an investment fund to support the expansion of a restaurant chain.
  • Acquisition of a healthcare group involving a pre-acquisition corporatization.
  • Acquisition of a group operating a major agricultural project in Sudan.
  • Several divestments and acquisitions in the automotive industries, including for Range Rover, Ford, and Nissan.
  • Acquisitions of several media groups involving complex pre-acquisition corporate restructurings and first-of-its-kind combined sale of assets and equity arrangements.

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