SHUAA Capital PSC (SHUAA), a market leader in regional investment banking and capital markets services, today announced that it had concluded its shareholders’ General Meeting to approve the proposed transaction with Abu Dhabi Financial Group L.L.C. (ADFG), a leading investment group in the region. Shareholders voted strongly in favour of the proposed combination, with 100% of shareholders in attendance approving the transaction.
The transaction is now subject to final regulatory approvals and satisfaction of conditions precedent and is expected to be completed soon.
Jassim Alseddiqi, CEO of ADFG, said, “We are delighted to have received shareholder approval for this deal and the strong voting in favour of the combination recognizes the compelling strategic rationale behind this deal. We are bringing together two market leaders, ADFG and SHUAA, to create the leading Asset Management and Investment Banking platform in the region. We believe there is an exciting opportunity to create significant value for all shareholders and I look forward to working with the enlarged team to deliver continued growth.”
Under the terms of the Transaction, SHUAA will issue 1,470,720,000 new SHUAA shares to ADFG’s parent company Abu Dhabi Capital Management (the Strategic Investor) in return for the entire issued share capital of ADFG. This implies the Strategic Investor will own 58% of the enlarged entity.
As a demonstration of the Strategic Investor’s commitment to the Transaction, the new SHUAA shares will be subject to a 12-month lock-up from the date of admission. The agreed valuation represents a 60% premium to the undisturbed SHUAA share price.
Following the admission of the new SHUAA shares, the issued share capital of SHUAA will increase from 1,065,000,000 SHUAA shares to 2,535,720,000 SHUAA shares. The combined entity will remain listed on Dubai Financial Market and is expected to be rebranded as “ADFG” with work on a full integration plan underway.
About ADFG (www.adfg.ae)
ADFG is a leading global investment group that provides, through its regulated subsidiaries, a wide range of investment opportunities and financial services. The Group’s diversified investor base includes corporations, financial institutions, sovereign wealth funds and family offices. The company pursues a strategy of opportunistic investments across a variety of sectors and geographies.
ADFG was established in 2011 and has since evolved to become a major player in the region, delivering attractive returns to its clients. Today, ADFG has assets under management of US$11.5 billion. The Group has received widespread acclaim for its strong track record and pioneering approach to investing.
About SHUAA (www.shuaa.com)
Established in 1979, and often considered to be the most recognized financial advisory and investment firm in the Middle East, SHUAA is an integrated financial services firm headquartered in the United Arab Emirates. The firm services corporate and institutional clients, governments, family businesses and high-net-worth-individuals with expertise in the areas of Asset Management, Investment Banking, Capital Markets and Credit. SHUAA is a public shareholding company with its shares listed on the Dubai Financial Market. The firm is regulated as a financial investment company by the UAE Central Bank and the Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority.
ADFG – SHUAA
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