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Kuwait's Asar plays key role in Americana stake deal

KUWAIT, October 29, 2016

Al Ruwayeh & Partners (ASAR), a leading corporate law firm in Kuwait, said it played a major role in helping Adeptio AD Investments (Adeptio) acquire 67 per cent of the share capital of Kuwait Food Company (Americana) from Al Khair National for Stocks and Real Estate.

With a network of more than 1,200 outlets, Americana is the largest operator of restaurant chains in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region, and has brands such as KFC, Pizza Hut, Hardees, TGI Friday's, Costa Coffee and Krispy Kreme in the Americana stable.

Americana is also one of the region’s leading food manufacturing businesses, which includes brands such as California Garden.

This is Kuwait’s largest ever merger and acquisition (M&A) transaction under the Capital Markets Law, said a statement from Asar, which was the Kuwait law counsel to Adeptio in relation to its mandatory takeover offering (MTO).

Its team comprised Sam Habbas and Ezekiel Tuma, both senior partners at Asar besides Rob Little and John Cunha.  

The successful Adeptio acquisition of Americana stake will trigger the initiation of a mandatory takeover offering (MTO) which will allow shareholders holding the remaining 33 per cent of the share capital in Americana to tender their shares for sale to Adeptio, said a statement from ASAR.

This M&A transaction is a landmark and precedent setting transaction in Kuwait given the nature and size of the deal which was more than two years in the making and involved major stakeholders including some of the world’s leading banks and investment advisors, it added.

Habbas said: "We are delighted to have been able to successfully close this first phase of the transaction. It certainly is a landmark transaction, and one which will serve as the blueprint for future M&A deals of this magnitude. Given the various issues that needed to be attended to during the course of this transaction, we are also particularly proud of the manner in which various Kuwaiti laws (including the Kuwait Capital Markets Law), rules and regulations held up, and passed with flying colors, as they were being stress tested under the weight of this transaction."

"As was previously mentioned when our firm was last week awarded the IFLR National Law Firm of the Year Award for 2016, this M&A transaction is an example of our consistent diligence and commitment in providing quality legal services of the highest caliber. Our clients always come first, their success is our success, and we intend to keep it that way," he added.

Tuma pointed out that large public acquisition deals have been quite rare in the Kuwait market.

"However, we have always been confident that over time the Kuwaiti market for public acquisitions would pick up and that we would incrementally see more deals in this area. Our firm is extremely proud to have assisted Adeptio in undertaking this successful acquisition of Americana, which we strongly believe will be the first of countless public acquisitions to come," he stated.

"The success of this acquisition emphasizes the immense confidence investors have in Kuwait. We will continue to expertly assist our clients to take advantage of the attractive opportunities arising in the area of public acquisitions," added Tuma.

With dedicated offices in Kuwait and Bahrain coupled with its associated offices and relationships, Asar provides clients across an extensive range of industry sectors with comprehensive legal advice and support for their business activities across the GCC and beyond.-TradeArabia News Service




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