Leading international law firm Baker McKenzie has been voted "Financial Services M&A Legal Adviser of the Year" and "Consumer M&A Legal Adviser of the Year" at Mergermarket's Middle East and North Africa (MENA) M&A Awards 2019 in Dubai on 10 April 2019. The fourth annual awards hosted by Mergermarket, a leading provider of mergers and acquisitions data and intelligence, recognised the top law firms and investment banks supporting M&A in a range of sectors in the region.
This is the second consecutive year that Baker McKenzie’s MENA M&A practice was voted as the "Financial Services M&A Legal Adviser of the Year" and the second time in four years to be named “Consumer M&A Legal Adviser of the Year” by Mergermarket. Baker McKenzie has also previously won “TMT M&A Legal Adviser of the Year”.
Ranked in the top 10 in the MENA M&A league tables, the Firm has been involved in a number of high value and complex transactions over the past 12-15 months, including helping local and multinational corporations, financial institutions and state-owned entities to efficiently and effectively execute successful strategic mergers, acquisitions and disposals across the region.
"We are delighted to have won the "Financial Services M&A Legal Adviser of the Year" award for the second consecutive year, and regained the "Consumer M&A Legal Adviser of the Year" award at Mergermarket's Middle East and North Africa M&A Awards. This continued recognition of Baker McKenzie's and its associated firms’ MENA M&A practice is a testament to our successful track record of advising on high end complex M&A transactions in the region”, said George Sayen, Head of the Corporate/M&A practice of Legal Advisors (Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners In Association with Baker & McKenzie Limited) in Saudi Arabia.
Omar Momany, UAE Head of Corporate/M&A added: "As the privatisation and consolidation trends across industry sectors continues apace in the Middle East and beyond, we continue to be the go-to firm for domestic and international clients with increasing demands for local and cross-border transactional support to achieve their strategic growth and expansion goals.”
This is the third award won by Baker McKenzie's MENA practice in the past 12 months. The Firm was also recognised as "Regulatory and Investigations Team of the Year" at the 2018 Middle East Legal Awards hosted by Legal Week and the Association of Corporate Counsel.
Baker McKenzie's MENA M&A practice is part of a global transactional powerhouse with over 2,500 deal lawyers and expertise in over 46 countries, leading on major transactions and exceling in cross-border deals – with over 60 percent of our deals being multi-jurisdictional in nature. Globally, we close three deals a day.