Designation: Partner
Location: United Arab Emirates

Zainab Aziz

Zainab Aziz is a partner in the Abu Dhabi offices of Meysan Partners, where she specializes in advising clients on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters. Zainab has over a decade of experience in advising clients in the Middle East and Pakistan on public and private M&A, joint ventures, and private equity transactions.

Zainab advises government entities, investment funds, multinational corporations, high net worth individuals and family owned businesses on the merger, acquisition, disposal and restructuring of assets, which includes some of the largest mergers in the region by value. Her areas of expertise include defence, financial services, education, healthcare, sustainability and food security, and hospitality sectors. She has also advised start-ups on a wide range of matters, including structuring, ESOPs, SAFE notes and later stage funding.

Zainab also regularly advises clients on banking and finance matters, including Islamic finance matters.


Corporate and Banking and Finance


New York


New York University B.A., cum laude. Politics. 2004
New York Law School J.D., cum laude. 2008

Selected Corporate experience includes representation of the:

  • Advised a UAE based sovereign investment fund in respect of a USD 125,000,000,000 merger between the fund and another sovereign investment fund.
  • Advised a UAE conglomerate in respect of the divestment of its majority stake in a group of construction companies amounting to AED 1,000,000,000.
  • Advised a Saudi PIF company in respect of a US$ 200,000,000 joint venture with a US based automotive manufacturer in respect of a establishing a manufacturing facility to manufacture military and commercial vehicles in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Advised a client in respect of a sale of a school in Abu Dhabi with a sale value of AED 180,000,000.
  • Advised a UAE-based development bank in respect of structuring a credit guarantee scheme to support innovation in the UAE
  • Advised an Omani investment fund in respect of its acquisition of a stake in a Singaporean private equity fund.
  • Advised a UAE-based B2B seafood delivery start-up in respect of all the documentation required to undertake the business, as well as in respect of SAFE financing rounds.
  • Advised in respect of the amalgamation and reconstruction of two of Pakistan’s largest networks of cash and carry outlets, each owned by major European multinationals, and having cumulative value of US$ 120,000,000. The reconstruction resulted in a “Property Co /Operations Co” split of the combined, the transaction being the first of its kind in Pakistan
  • Advised an American insurance company in respect of an acquisition of minority stake and subsequent divestment of its majority stake of a listed insurance company in Pakistan.

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