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The Gulf Region as an attractive proposition for businesses looking to expand

Joint venture activities have been increasing in the Gulf Region over the past few years, and there is every sign that this will continue as businesses seek to minimize the inherent risks associated with entering new markets. Furthermore, the Saudi Stock Market (Tadawul) with a market capitalization of around US$550 bn, has opened to direct foreign institutional investments. This will lead to a major transformation for the region as Saudi companies will be able to profit from the scrutiny and strategy of sophisticated international partners and overseas investment will help push forward the country’s economic reforms. In addition, after years of economic growth, the governments of the GCC member states are showing high effort to build economies diversified from oil, with the result that the Gulf Region is an attractive proposition for businesses looking to expand, and joint venturing is a potential means of so doing.

As a result the Middle East is emerging as a Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) destination. The UAE has registered US$ 11.2 bn of M&A deals in 2014, the highest total deal value in the region. Overall the region accounts for 6.8 % of global FDI activity (in terms of number of projects), but this share is gradually increasing. It has attracted 6.740 projects worth US$ 809.6 bn, contributing to the creation of more than 1.1 mio jobs between 2003 and 2014.

Camelot provides a broad range of M&A advisory services across all industry sectors, from acquisitions through to raising growth and performance. By doing so, Camelot uses its broad international network and access to Camelot’s Center of Excellence to offer the best solutions for the customer. Wherever you are located, Camelot is able to deploy a local team that combines extensive industry expertise with local knowledge to focus on the project, and offer the following services including but not limited to:

  • EU – Middle East Joint Ventures, M&As & Strategic Alliances
  • Market entry strategy
  • In-organic growth
  • Pre-merger preparation & post-merger integration
  • Due Diligence
  • PPP & Privatization and Buyouts

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