Eyad F. Latif

  • Dubai International Financial Centre
  • Precinct Building 1, Level 3
  • P.O. Box 506698
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Eyad Latif is counsel in the Dubai office of Latham & Watkins, where he is a member of the Corporate Department and Mergers & Acquisitions Practice. Mr. Latif represents regional and international clients in a wide variety of corporate transactions in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, emerging companies, private equity, and general corporate matters. He has represented numerous public companies and private equity firms in transactions involving Middle East and international companies across a wide range of industries, including energy, healthcare, education, commodities, and manufacturing. He has previously worked in the firm's New York and San Francisco offices.

Mr. Latif received his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where he received the American Jurisprudence Award in Islamic Law and co-founded the Berkeley Journal of Middle Eastern & Islamic Law. Mr. Latif is a native Arabic speaker.

Mr. Latif’s experience includes advising:

  • Careem shareholders in connection with the US$3.1 billion sale of Careem to Uber
  • Saudi Technology Ventures (STV) (i) in the Series A financing for Unifonic, a leading cloud communications startup, the largest Series A financing in the history of the Middle East, (ii) as co-investor with Kingdom Holdings, Al Tayyar Group and Rakuten, in the US$200 million Series F financing for Careem, (iii) in the Series C financing for Vezeeta, the leading MENA healthcare startup, and (iv) as co-investor with VentureSouq in the Series A financing for Telfaz11, a prominent Saudi online media platform
  • Mohamed Alabbar and the Public Investment Fund in connection with their US$1 billion joint venture to establish Noon.com, an e-commerce platform
  • Standard Chartered in (i) the Series A financing for Souq.com, the Middle East’s largest online marketplace and (ii) the sale of Souq.com to Amazon
  • Yahoo! in its acquisition of Maktoob.com, the leading online community in the Arab region, the first startup exit in the history of the Middle East
  • BECO Capital (i) as co-investor with General Atlantic, in the US$120 million Series B Financing for Propertyfinder, a Middle East-based real estate classifieds portal, (ii) in the Series A financing for Wahed Invest, a US-based shariah-compliant online investment platform, and (iii) in the Series A financing for Swvl, an Egyptian app-based mass transit system
  • Actavis plc in numerous matters, including the US$25 billion acquisition of Forest Laboratories and the US$8.5 billion acquisition of Warner Chilcott plc
  • Mubadala Development Company in the US$15 billion merger of DUBAL and EMAL, creating the fifth-largest global aluminum company
  • Watson Pharmaceuticals in its US$5.34 billion acquisition of Actavis, creating the third-largest global generic drug maker
  • Onex Corporation and Baring Private Equity Asia in the US$3.55 billion acquisition of the Intellectual Property & Science business from Thomson Reuters
  • Repsol YPF in its US$1.304 billion sale of 10% of YPF to Groupo Petersen
  • Harbin Electric in its successful bid to act as EPC contractor for the US$1.8 billion Hassyan clean coal 3,000 MW power plant in Dubai
  • LS Power in (A) its acquisitions of (i) four power plants from NextEra Energy for US$1.05 billion and (ii) University Park and Wallingford power plants and interest in the Safe Harbor power plant from PPL Corporation for US$381 million and (B) the sale of its Bridgeport power plant to Capital Power for US$355 million
  • Advanced BioHealing in its US$750 million sale to Shire plc
  • General Exploration Partners in its US$600 million sale of its interest in the Atrush oil block in northern Iraq to Abu Dhabi National Energy Co. (TAQA)
  • P.T. Pertamina (Persero), the national oil company of Indonesia, in its acquisition of 10% a major oil-field development project in southern Iraq, the West Qurna-1 block
  • Summit Midstream Partners in its US$590 million acquisition of Encana’s Piceance basin gas-gathering business
  • Waha Capital, a major UAE-based private equity firm, in its US$575 million monetization of a portion of its stake in AerCap, a major aviation leasing company, through an equity-linked derivative
  • Olive Group, a leading provider of security services, in its sale to Constellis Holdings, the largest security group in the world
  • Hubbell in its US$360 million acquisition of FCI Americas, a leading North American manufacturer of connectors, cable accessories and tooling serving utilities
  • Energy Capital Partners in its US$335 million acquisition of the Odessa power plant from PSEG Power
  • The Carlyle Group in numerous acquisitions and divestitures, including its US$300 million acquisition of Redflex, an Australian-based traffic enforcement products company
  • Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank in its US$200 million acquisition of Barclays’ UAE retail banking business
  • BC Partners in numerous potential acquisitions and divestitures
  • Apollo Global Management in numerous potential acquisitions and divestures
  • TA Associates in numerous potential acquisitions and divestitures
  • Baring Private Equity in numerous potential acquisitions and divestitures
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