Omar Maayeh advises companies globally across the full business life cycle, from inception to exit, with a focus on emerging technologies.

Mr. Maayeh leverages a sophisticated understanding of market trajectories and extensive experience to advise companies on:

  • Mergers, acquisitions, and dispositions
  • Joint ventures
  • Venture financing
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Initial public offerings
  • Life as a public company

He distills complex concepts into commercial advice that supports clients’ objectives at every stage of their business. Mr. Maayeh unlocks the resources of the firm’s global platform to connect clients with the legal tools for any need that arises.

A recognized leader within the firm, Mr. Maayeh has served on the Mentoring, Recruiting, and Women Enriching Business (WEB). He prioritizes bolstering the emerging companies ecosystem and regularly speaks at events hosted by a number of Middle East-based incubators and accelerators, including Hub71, Area2071, the Abu Dhabi Global Markets Fintech Reglab, Astrolabs, and WOMENTUM.

Mr. Maayeh maintains an active pro bono practice, including on behalf INJAZ UAE, a member of JA Worldwide that empowers youth with skills for work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy.

Mr. Maayeh’s experience includes advising:

Emerging Growth Companies

  • Abhi Finance
  • Aanaab
  • Abwaab
  • Altibbi
  • Ayadi
  • Baraka
  • Bayzat
  • Bosta
  • Gathern
  • Huspy
  • Jawaker
  • Lamsa
  • Lean
  • Lendo
  • Liwwa
  • Lucidya
  • Lyve
  • Missaan
  • Morni
  • Mozn
  • Nana Direct
  • NearPay
  • NorthLadder
  • Palmear
  • POSRocket
  • Quantum
  • Sarwa
  • Sada Pay
  • Salasa
  • Salla
  • Swvl
  • Sary
  • Sifi
  • Spidersilk
  • Syarah
  • Tamara
  • Tap
  • Telfaz11
  • Tenderd
  • Zid

Mergers, Acquisitions, and Dispositions

  • Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), the owner and operator of public hospitals in Abu Dhabi, on launching Union71, a laboratory testing company for UAE healthcare providers and the largest laboratory testing company in the UAE
  • Careem shareholders on Careem’s US$3.1 billion sale to Uber
  • Chimera Investment on:
    • Investing in Airtel Mobile Commerce, Airtel Africa’s mobile money business, through acquiring shares from Airtel Africa
    • Selling its investment in InstaDeep, a leading global technology company in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning, to BioNTech
  • Dubai Holding on acquiring a significant minority stake in Azadea
  • The shareholders of Finance Bank Zambia on its sale to Atlas Mara
  • The Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the privatization of flour milling companies to private investors through a competitive auction process
  • Henkel on acquiring a controlling interest in a manufacturing business in Africa
  • Jawaker, a leading Abu Dhabi-based online gaming company backed by TwoFour54 (owned by ADQ), on its sale to Stillfront Group
  • Mubadala Healthcare and China UAE Fund on acquiring Amana Healthcare
  • Dubai-based Olive Group on its merger with Constellis Holdings to create the global leader in security, risk management, and complex program management service
  • POSRocket, a leading restaurant cloud technology provider in the Middle East, on its sale to Foodics, the leading GCC-based restaurant-tech company
  • SABB on acquiring a controlling stake in SABB Takaful

Joint Ventures

  • SEHA on a joint venture with Mayo Clinic to develop the US$1 billion Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City project and establish the fourth Mayo Clinic campus and first Mayo Clinic campus outside the US
  • A US-based for-profit healthcare operator on a potential joint venture with a UAE-based sovereign wealth fund in connection with the construction and operation of a 300-bed in-patient and outpatient healthcare facility in the UAE
  • Lagardère Travel Retail on its joint venture with Saudi Airline Catering Company and Arabian Ground Handling Logistic Company to create a JV Co to operate duty free and luxury business concessions at the Riyadh, Dammam, and Jeddah airports
  • A sovereign fund on partnering with a US-based leading healthcare provider to develop a medical center and related facilities in Jordan
  • A Middle East sovereign development company on partnering with a leading international healthcare provider to develop, construct, and operate a medical center
  • Mohamed Alabbar and the Public Investment Fund on their US$1 billion joint venture to establish, an e-commerce platform

Venture Capital

  • Algebra Ventures
  • BECO Capital
  • Chimera Capital
  • GMP Capital
  • Sanabil Investments
  • Saudi Technology Ventures
  • Sequoia Capital
  • VentureSouq

Bar Qualification

  • England and Wales (Solicitor)


  • MA, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 2008
  • LL.B., University of Essex, 2007

Languages Spoken

  • Arabic
  • English