Abeer Jarrar

Abeer Jarrar, SJD

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Abeer Jarrar is a partner at Baker McKenzie based in Dubai. Abeer has over 20 years' experience in the Middle East. Having advised in recent years on some of the most high profile regional and international M&A and capital markets transactions, Abeer combines profound understanding of the legal environment and the distinct business culture of the Middle East and their interaction with international market practice. She is recognised for her ability to communicate effectively with the different stakeholders and to deliver cross border transactions of the highest quality and complexity in different sectors, including banking.

Prior to joining Baker McKenzie in 2021, Abeer spent the last ten years at two magic circle firms.

Abeer is a Fulbright scholar and holds a doctorate degree in law from Georgetown University in Washington DC. She serves as a board member of the MENA Advisory Board of Georgetown University School of Law.

Practice Focus

Abeer focuses on advising financial institutions, investment banking, local, regional and international corporate, private equity and family offices on cross border private and public mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, restructurings, public takeovers and equity capital markets transactions in the Middle East.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Affinity Holdings Private Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aster DM Healthcare Limited, a listed company in India (NSE) and one of the largest private healthcare service providers operating in the GCC and India, on the sale of its GCC healthcare business to a consortium led by Fajr Capital and the Moopen Family for USD 1.01 billion

  • Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited on its USD 860 million acquisition of KIPCO's 46.3% shareholding in Gulf Insurance Group, one of the leading private insurers across the Middle East and North Africa and related mandatory tender offer in Kuwait for USD 860 million

  • Al Khorayef Group on the sale of a 25% shareholding in Al Khorayef Petroleum Company, a Saudi based company and one of the region’s largest oil field services companies and operates in 13 countries in the Middle East, Latin America and China, to the Saudi Public Investment

  • Esterad Investment Company B.S.C. on its acquisition of Venture Capital Bank B.S.C, a closed joint stock company in Bahrain

  • UltraTech Cement Middle East Investments Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Aditya Birla Group, an Indian conglomerate, on the acquisition of 29.79% shareholding in Ras Al Khaimah RAK Co. for White Cement & Construction Materials PJSC

  • the shareholder of Innovative Care Trading Co., which owns Riyadh-based New You Medical Center, on the sale of a majority equity stake to Nomu-listed Arabian International Healthcare Holding Co., the healthcare arm of Al Faisaliah Group

  • HSBC Saudi Arabia, as financial advisers to Saudi Industrial Investment Company, on the merger between Saudi Industrial Investment Company and National Petrochemicals Company

  • Barclays Plc, as financial advisers to Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC, on the merger between Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC, Union National Bank PJSC and Al Hilal Bank PJSC*

  • Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank PJSC on its AED3.8 billion (approximately USD 1 billion) capital raise through a combination of a rights issue and a USD 750 million additional tier 1 sukuk issuance*

  • The Government of Sharjah on its strategic investment in Invest Bank for AED 1.9 billion (approximately USD 517 million)*

  • SHUAA Capital psc, a regional market-leading investment banking and capital markets institution listed on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM), on its merger with the Abu Dhabi Financial Group* (ADFG), a leading investment group with assets under management of USD 11.5 billion

*denotes experience from previous magic circle firms.


  • Jordan (2001)


  • Georgetown University (SJD) (2010)
  • University of Kent (LLM) (1999)
  • University of Jordan (BA) (1998)


  • Arabic
  • English