Our broad corporate transactional practice in M&A, corporate finance and banking enables us to provide strategic, tailored legal services for a wide range of sovereign wealth funds, state-owned enterprises and other large pools of capital in the Middle East region seeking to acquire or invest in Canadian businesses or assets. Reflecting Canada's position as an increasingly attractive target for investment by these entities, the firm, through its Canadian and London offices, regularly provides advice on a large number of significant transactions into Canada from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and other nations.
Our expertise extends to a variety of Canadian industry sectors of particular interest to Middle East investors including energy, oil and gas, renewable energy (including solar, wind, hydro and biomass), infrastructure, manufacturing, technology and hospitality. The firm has earned particular respect for expertise in acting for acquirers and target companies in both negotiated (friendly) and hostile take-over situations. Also of note is our expertise in the area of emissions trading and renewable energy, where we have advised a variety of domestic and international businesses on the cutting-edge in the transition to a carbon-constrained economy.
Over the years, we have been involved in a significant number of transactions concerning non-Canadian acquirers of Canadian businesses and have been at the forefront of evolving practices in M&A transactions. Our corporate teams work in tandem with lawyers in our related practice areas such as competition/antitrust (including foreign investment review), tax, labour and employment, real estate, government relations, environmental and intellectual property to ensure that challenges are strategically addressed and transactions proceed efficiently and successfully.
We are also one of the few Canadian firms with experience acting for governments and domestic corporations in the Middle East in relation to infrastructure development and financing.