Under the Patronage of

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai


Marcus Booth

White & Case

Marcus Booth is a partner in our Private Equity practice. Marcus leads the Firm's private equity practice in the Middle East and North Africa, advising private equity, sovereign wealth fund, alternative capital provider (ACPs) and corporate clients on all forms of M & A, alternative capital transactions, portfolio assistance and restructuring advice. Representative transactions include advising:

  • CI Capital Holding for Financial Investments, Egypt’s leading diversified financial services and investment group, on the indirect acquisition with a group of co-investors of a 60 percent interest in Taaleem Management Services Company SAE, a leading higher education platform in Egypt which controls and operates Nahda University in Beni Suef for a total consideration of EGP 1.2 billion (circa GBP 60 million).
  • GSO Capital Partners and its affiliates on a three-tier financing package to support Advent International & approximately £4 billion offer to acquire leading global technology and services innovator Cobham plc.
  • PT Rajawali Corporation its offer to acquire AIM-listed Archipelago Resources PLC, a UK incorporated entity listed on AIM. Archipelago & principal activities are gold mining and exploration in Indonesia.
  • The Al Blehed family in relation to the sale of Ma'arif Holding Company for Education and Training (the largest owner and operator of private schools in Saudi Arabia) to GEMS Education and Hassana Investment Company. This is one of the biggest deals in the education sector in Saudi Arabia to date.
  • Goldman Sachs International in its primary and secondary purchase of minority of shares in Modanisa Elektronik Mağazacılık ve Ticaret A.Ş from a number of individual and corporate sellers. The target is an online retailer operating in the e-commerce space that sells modern conservative clothing and accessories for Muslim women.
  • GSO Capital Partners LP on their debt and minority equity investment to support iAero Group in a highly complex transaction aimed at creating a pan-American aviation business, including the acquisitions of AeroThrust Holdings, LLC and Miami Tech Aircraft Maintenance Inc.
  • A joint venture on the €91 million refinancing of two Italian real estate assets.
  • CI Capital Holding S.A.E, one of Egypt & leading financial services groups, in relation to its purchase of the majority of shares of Sphinx B.V., a Dutch Holdco holding indirectly Al Nahda University in Egypt, from Thebes Educational Management Holding B.V., another Dutch Holdco controlled by Abraaj.
  • IGI and the Chiarva Family on the sale of 51% of the food packing Group Gruppo Fabbri Vignola to Linconshire Management.
  • The co-ordinating committee of senior lenders in connection with the restructuring of The Findus Group.
  • A15, a leading tech investment fund, on its sale of a 76 percent stake in its United Arab Emirates-based fintech company TPAY Mobile FZ-LLC (TPAY) to Africa's leading private investment firm Helios Investment Partners.
  • Goldman Sachs and Blackstone Tactical Opportunities on theirinvestment in Prima Assicurazioni.
  • Advised the coordinating committee of senior lenders holding over $10 billion of indebtedness in restructuring of the world & largest offshore oil drilling company.
  • Goldman Sachs on the €108.5 million acquisition by Goldman Sachs and Cromwell Property Group of portfolio of 24 office properties and three plots in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area from IVG Polar Oy.
  • Goldman Sachs Private Capital Investments on its investment in OutSystems, the global leader in low-code rapid application development.
  • GSO Capital Partners LP on the £665 million sale of Miller Homes, one of the UK's largest housebuilders, to Bridgepoint.
  • Johnson Matthey on the sale of its UK automotive battery systems business, a subsidiary that specializes in high-voltage automotive grade battery systems for electric and hybrid vehicles, to Cummins Inc.
  • ETF Securities Limited on the equity, US and debt financing aspects of the US$611 million sale of its European exchange-traded commodity, currency and short-and-leveraged business to WisdomTree Investments, Inc.
  • Anchorage Capital Group on a joint offer (alongside M &G Investment Management) for all of the equity and stapled debt in the PHS Group, a leading provider of workplace services in the UK.
  • Anchorage Capital Group on its acquisition of a portfolio of assets in Sweden, Iceland and Finland by funds controlled by Anchorage Capital Europe from ALMC, hf.
  • Oak Hill Advisors (Europe) LLP in connection with a subscription for shares by Growthpoint Properties Limited and/or accounts managed by Oak Hill Advisors and its affiliates raising proceeds of €200 million before expenses.
  • York Capital Management Global Advisors, LLC and Oak Hill Advisors (Europe) LLP on the share placing by Globalworth Real Estate Investments Limited that has raised proceeds of around €53.8 million.
  • Mayhoola for investments on its acquisition of a 30.7 percent stake in a leading Turkish retailer, Boyner Perkende for 885 million lira.
  • CVC Capital Partners in leading a consortium including Temasek Holdings and Vatera Healthcare Partners in their acquisition of a controlling stake in Alvogen, a leading generic pharmaceuticals company.
  • GSO Capital Partners LP in connection with the debt financing for the acquisition of Ibstock Group Limited and Glen-Gery Corporation by funds managed by Bain Capital Europe, LLP.
  • GSO Capital Partners LP in connection with its debt and equity financing for the management buyout of the XLN Telecom group from ECI Partners LLP.
  • GSO Capital Partners LP in relation to the acquisition of 10 percent. of the voting share capital of LAMDA Development S.A.Avast Software on the sale of a significant minority stake to CVC Capital Partners.
  • York Capital Management and Oak Hill Advisors on their equity investment in Globalworth Real Estate Investments Limited.
  • York Capital Management as co-investor with Invel Real Estate Partners on the acquisition of a 66% stake in NBG Pangaea Real Estate Investment Company from the National Bank of Greece for c. €653 million.
  • IGI and the Chiarva family on the sale of 51% of industrial group Gruppo Fabbi Vignola to Lincolnshire Management.
  • GSO Capital Partners on the €215,000,000 refinancing of the indebtedness of KP1, a leading French manufacturer of high performance prefabricated products.
  • VTB Private Equity and Special Situations on the sale by Luna Holdings Inc (a member of the VTB Capital Group) of part of its stake in Lenta Limited's IPO.
  • Goldman Sachs in connection with its investment in the Ceona Group.
  • True Capital on its strategic partnership with Land Securities.
  • True Capital on its strategic seed fund.
  • The co-ordinating committee of senior lenders in connection with the restructuring of the Findus Group.
  • Zolfo Cooper, as joint administrators of the Peverel Group, on its sale to a venture backed by Chamoux and Electra.
  • Ceona Group (a Goldman Sachs portfolio company) in connection with the acquisition (and subsequent disposal) of Project Development International.

Sessions of the speaker



12:00 - 13:00

Gathering all Investors to discuss the current market situation. What are the trends in the investment world, should you buy or sell & the global lookout for investment? 

Faisal Mansour Sarkhou
Chief Executive Officer
Kamco Invest
Fahad Al Qassim
Chief Executive Officer
Emirates NBD Capital
Raja Hamzah Abidin
Co-Founder and Co-Managing Partner
RHL Ventures
Majed Khalifa Al Mesmari
Head of Investment Banking - UAE
J.P. Morgan Chase Bank
Saeed Mansoor Al Awar
Managing Director - Head of Middle East
Rothschild & Co
Session Chair:
Marcus Booth
White & Case