Osama Audi

Osama Audi

Partner
Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

Biography

Osama Audi is a partner at Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla. Recognized for his commercial-oriented approach to transactions and his work ethic, he represents regional and international private equity and alternative investment funds, sovereign wealth funds, family offices, multinationals and closely held businesses. Osama is admitted to the New York Bar and has worked in New York and the UAE.

In their 2018 through 2020 rankings, he was recognized by Legal500 as a “Next Generation” lawyer and was “Highly Regarded” by IFLR for his private equity, M&A and joint ventures work. He is also recognized by Legal500 for his work in the oil & gas sector and real estate sector and by IFLR for his work in the food & beverage sector.

Practice Focus

Osama focuses on private equity, M&A, joint ventures, venture capital, complex corporate structuring, and corporate finance. He works with clients doing business in the Middle East, Africa and South and Southeast Asia in sectors such as technology and e-commerce, energy and infrastructure, oil & gas (including petrochemicals), consumer goods and retail, healthcare, education, financial services, logistics and transport and real estate, hospitality and leisure.

Representative Legal Matters

Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Osama handled the following matters:

  • Advised Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) on a joint venture with EDF International for energy efficiency projects across the MENA region, on its sale of Masdar City Cooling Company to the National Central Cooling Company (Tabreed), acquisition of an interest in Al Dhafra PV2.and its sale of an interest in Dumat Al Jandal wind power project.

  • Advised Baker Hughes on the USD 550 million acquisition of a 5% interest in ADNOC Drilling, the subsidiary of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company and the suite of commercial framework agreements in relation to the sale of products and services by BHGE to ADNOC Drilling. The transaction won the "MENA M&A Deal of the Year" award at the 2019 IJGlobal awards.

  • Advised GFH Financial Group BSC on its acquisition of a significant majority interest in three Saudi Arabian companies which own a total of four American curriculum K through 12 schools.

  • Advised the founders of Geidea on the sale of a significant portion of their business to Gulf Capital. The transaction was reported by the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association to be the largest ever in the Fintech space in the Middle East and the largest Middle East private equity transaction in 2018.

  • Advised NBK Capital Partners on their acquisition of a majority interest in 4Sale.com, the market-leading online classifieds portal in Kuwait and Egypt.

  • Advised Meraas Holding LLC on its joint venture with Caesars Palace to develop and operate the Blue Water mega-resort in Dubai.

  • Advised Saudi Real Estate Company (Al Akaria) on its joint venture with Arabian Dream, a wholly owned subsidiary of Triple Five (the developer of the Mall of America) to develop the world's largest mall in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

  • Advised Delivery Hero AG on the restructuring and acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Carriage.com, a leading regional online and mobile food ordering and delivery website. The transaction was shortlisted by the International Financial Law Review 2017 Middle East Awards for “M&A Deal of the Year” and won “Corporate Finance Deal of the Year” from Islamic Finance News and restructuring of their business across the Middle East.

  • Advised Delivery Hero AG on the acquisition of the online and mobile food ordering company Talabat.com from Rocket Internet AG. The deal was awarded “Middle East Deal of the Year” at the 2016 annual Europe Middle East & Africa Atlas Awards and the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of iFood Jordan, the leading Jordanian online and mobile food-ordering website.

  • Advised The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) on the negotiation of a framework agreement and the structuring and establishment of a USD 1.5 billion fund to acquire approximately 15 very large crude carriers.

  • Advised Gulf Capital on the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Multibrands LLC from Sadita Holding through a CMA fund. Multibrands is a leading Saudi food & beverage distribution business that distributes brands including Alicafe, Alitea, Dole, Freez drinks, Ocean Spray, Saladitos, Sweet’n Low, McCain frozen foods, and others.

  • Advised the founders of Dabo & Co. on the sale of their public relations business to Edelman, the leading US-based public relations firm. The transaction was shortlisted by the International Financial Law Review 2016 Middle East awards for “M&A Deal of the Year.”

Admissions

  • New York~United States (2005)
  • Dubai - Registered Legal Consultant

Education

  • Pennsylvania State University (Juris Doctor) (2005)
  • Pennsylvania State University (Bachelor of Arts) (2001)

Languages

  • Arabic
  • English