Practice Expertise

  • Corporate & Commercial

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate & Commercial

WSG Practice Industries

WSG Leadership

  • Mergers & Acquisitions Group - Member


Abdus Samad is a corporate lawyer based in Afridi & Angell'sDubai office. He specialises in M&A and corporate transactions and has extensive knowledge and experience in cross-border matters, including complex acquisitions and divestures for a broad range of public and private sector clients.

Abdus has been ranked as a "Rising Star" for commercial, corporate and M&A in Legal 500 EMEA.

Abdus has led on a wide range of M&A transactions. These include:

- Advising the vendor in the sale of three related schools in the Emirate of Sharjah for USD 100 million. The deal included a leasing arrangement pursuant to which the vendor will continue to own the property on which the schools are built and will lease the property to the purchaser.

- Advising the vendors on the sale of an 80 per cent stake in a Dubai-based school to a GCC private equity firm for AED 200 million.

- Advising the purchaser on all aspects of its acquisition of the freight forwarding business of a leading logistics services provider. This deal was structured as an asset purchase and accordingly required complex completion arrangements with regards to the relevant UAE assets and employees. It also concerned the acquisition of assets in over 11 foreign jurisdictions.

- Advising Siemens AG and Alstom S.A on all UAE competition aspects of the abortive merger of Alstom S.A with Siemens AG's mobility division. This is widely considered to be amongst the first merger clearance requests to be submitted in the UAE.

- Advised London Stock Exchange Group plc on all UAE competition and merger control aspects of its USD 27 billion all share acquisition of Refinitiv.

Bar Admissions
- Law Society of England and Wales
- Punjab Bar Council

Kings College London, 2011

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate & Commercial

Professional Career

Seminars/ Presentation
- Speaker, New Year's Legal Update: UAE Commercial Companies Law, Afridi & Angell's webinar, 24 January 2022
- Speaker, Overview of the UAE and DIFC Companies Law, workshop organised by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce, Dubai, 16 April 2019


Additional Articles- ADGM's Virtual Asset Regulations Published, Afridi & Angell Legal Alert, 14 September 2022
- Co-author of The Mergers & Acquisitions Review (UAE chapter), 15th edition 2021, The Law Reviews
- COVID-19: Entry into the Emirates of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Afridi & Angell Legal Alert, 14 September 2020
- Recent Amendments to the Commercial Agency Law, Afridi & Angell inBrief, 1 September 2020
- UAE Law Considerations on Asset Deals, Legal Era Magazine, August 2019
- Co-author of Venture Capital Investment in the United Arab Emirates: Market and Regulatory Overview, Thomson Reuters Practical Law, 2019
- Directors' Duties in DIFC, Afridi & Angell inBrief, 25 April 2019
- Ultimate Beneficial Ownership Regulations, Afridi & Angell inBrief, 21 April 2019
- Merger Clearance Matters, Afridi & Angell inBrief, 14 February 2019
- Merger Control Reform, The Oath, June 2018
- Blockchain: Hype vs Reality, Afridi & Angell inBrief, 23 April 2018
- UAE Excise Tax: What you need to know!, The Oath, November 2017
- Opportunities in Dubai's Healthcare Sector, Afridi & Angell inBrief, October 2017
- New Ministerial Decision brings clarity to Private Joint Stock Companies, Afridi & Angell inBrief, September 2017
- Evolution of the UAE, Legal Business, May 2017
- Co-author of The Private Wealth & Private Client Review (UAE Chapter), 5th edition 2016, Law Business Research
- UAE Legislation Update: New Rules of the Game, The Lawyer, 30 November 2015
- Co-author of the UAE chapter of Protecting Wealth: A Jurisdictional Guide (China Edition), 2015, Global City Media

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