Mergers, Acquisitions, Restructuring

Rapid change, market volatility, management of stakeholders, credit constraints and global competitive forces make high value targets riskier to pursue. We believe that well-planned strategies and their effective implementation are critical to getting deals done.

Mergers &Acquisition(M&A)transactionsare becoming more complex and multifaceted, requiring sophisticated strategy and structuring to capture and protect value. We understand the importance of in-depth legal due diligence in a M & A transaction for not only risk mitigation and profiting but also ensuring a smooth deal conclusion and transition post transaction. One of the key objectives of the due diligence is to minimize, to the greatest extent, practicable, the possibility of there being unanticipated liabilities or risks.

This exercise is multi-dimensional and involves thorough review and assessment of several categories such as corporate structure, employment contracts, finance arrangements, real estate, Intellectual property rights, insurance, litigation and other disputes.

As one of the leading law firms in the Sultanate, we have been involved in innovative complex M&As occasionally involving cross border transactions. M&As represent a significant proportion of our activities. Our extensive M&A experience and understanding, combined with our considerable in-depth knowledge of the local laws and practice and our day to day involvement with the market enables us to provide sophisticated advice of the highest quality on all types of deals whilst at the same time remaining rooted in the reality of the market place.

The practice has a proven track record which is evidenced by top tier positions in the legal directories and M&A league tables in the Sultanate. The Legal 500 Directory 2011 says “SASLO ranks highly amongst other firms in Oman. The firm acted for the vendors in two of the most significant recent acquisitions on Muscat Securities Market, advising Dhofar Power Company SAOG and Dhofar Fisheries Industries SAOG”.

We advise on the full range of deal structures from public takeovers through to divestments, leveraged buyouts and other forms of business combinations, acquisitions, divestitures and demergers. In these transactions, the firm draws upon its vast resources and is complimented by our corporate lawyers in a variety of areas, such as regulated industries (insurance, energy and utilities, banking, healthcare and telecommunications), corporate re-organizations, corporate tax and corporate benefits.

Our M&A capability is focused on several sectors including energy & utilities, financial institutions, communications, media & technology and private equity.

As a result of the experience gained by representing such a diverse group of clients, the M&A team is able to provide clients with a wide range of services, including:

  • Advice on legal, regulatory and tax implications of alternative transaction structures and proposals;
  • Organization and implementation of complete legal due diligence reviews;
  • Drafting and negotiating transaction agreements, financing agreements, tender documents, proxy statements and related documents;
  • Assessment of litigation and regulatory risks; and
  • Advice to senior management and boards of directors.