Thursday 12, January 2017 by Sarah Spendiff

Herbert Smith Freehills advises on sale of 52% stake in listed bank

The legal firm advised on the sale of MESC Investments' indirect 52 per cent equity stake in Jordan Dubai Islamic Bank, an Islamic financial institution listed on the Amman Stock Exchange.

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised MESC Investments PSC and its shareholders, including Dubai Islamic Bank, on a landmark Jordanian transaction.

Dubai Islamic Bank, the largest Islamic Bank in the United Arab Emirates, held an indirect 20.8 per cent stake in Jordan Dubai Islamic Bank through its 40 per cent shareholding in MESC Investments.

The stake was purchased by a consortium comprising of Bank Al Etihad and Etihad Islamic Investment Company.

The purchasers were selected following a competitive auction process involving a number of bidders. The transaction closed on 4 January 2017 following receipt of regulatory approvals from the Central Bank of Jordan and the Amman Stock Exchange.

The Herbert Smith Freehills team was led by Zubair Mir, Middle East Managing Partner and Middle East Head of Corporate, supported by Senior Associates, Ben Davies and Shazi Askarpour.

Zubair Mir said, “We are very pleased to have worked with Dubai Islamic Bank again, particularly on this significant transaction. The successful completion of the deal demonstrates the team's unrivalled experience in cross-border M&A transactions and detailed knowledge of the regional market, as well as our in-depth understanding of the banking sector.”

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