Gamal M. Abouali is a partner based in the Abu Dhabi office.
Mr. Abouali’s practice focuses on capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, privatization and project financing. He has extensive experience in cross-border transactions.
Mr. Abouali has been recognized as a leading corporate/commercial lawyer in the Middle East and Africa by Chambers Global
. He is also recognized as a Foreign Expert for Capital Markets (Middle East-wide).
Mr. Abouali’s significant assignments include, representing Wind Telecom S.p.A. (formerly Weather Investments S.p.A.), the mobile telecommunications company led by Egyptian businessman Naguib Sawiris, in its combination with VimpelCom, in a deal valued at $21 billion, creating one of the world’s largest mobile telecommunications carriers; the Ministry of Oil of the Republic of Iraq in connection with the Basrah Gas Project, a joint venture between South Gas Company, Shell and Mitsubishi to process associated natural gas produced at certain oil fields in the Basrah region, and for the domestic and export sale of the related liquids and dry gas; and Lafarge in its $15 billion acquisition (including the assumption of debt) of the cement business of Orascom Construction Industries and in the entry of the Sawiris family, OCI’s reference shareholders, in Lafarge’s share capital.
Mr. Abouali joined the firm in 1997 and became partner in 2006. From 1997 to 1999 and from 2004 to 2006, Mr. Abouali was resident in the New York office. From 1999 to 2004 and from 2006 to 2012, he was resident in the Paris office. He received a J.D. degree from the Yale University Law School in 1996, an M.S. degree with distinction in Operations Research from Stanford University in 1991, and a B.A. degree, magna cum laude
, from Dartmouth College in 1990. During a sabbatical year in 1999 and 2000, Mr. Abouali served as legal adviser to the Palestine Liberation Organization during the Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations (including the Camp David summit of July 2000).
Mr. Abouali is a member of the New York bar. He is fluent in English, French and Arabic.