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Clifford Chance advises Actis on Emicool stake purchase deal

April 15, 2022

Leading international law firm Clifford Chance has advised Actis, a global investor in sustainable infrastructure, on its entry into a share purchase agreement to acquire a 50% stake in Emirates District Cooling Company (Emicool) from Dubai Investments at an enterprise value of $1 billion, forming a joint venture for district cooling in the region.

The transaction will be one of the largest deals in the district cooling industry in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region and underpins the growing demand for district cooling.

With an extensive network in multiple geographies, the JV will aim to make Emicool one of the leading providers of sustainable and efficient district cooling services in the wider Mena region.

Launched in 2003 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Dubai Investments, Emicool currently serves more than 2,000 buildings across the UAE.

District cooling companies, growing at a rapid pace in the Middle East, deliver chilled water through insulated pipes to run air conditioning systems. They offer increased energy efficiency and higher reliability, saving up to 50% of energy compared to traditional air conditioning systems.

The Clifford Chance team was led by UAE Corporate/M&A partner Jason Mendens and supported by senior associate Rizwan Butt, associate Abhinav Yarrapotu and trainee Sam Robinson.

Additional support was provided by Finance: Nicola Reader (Partner, Abu Dhabi), Fayo Arowojolu (Associate, Dubai), Danny Wang (Associate, Abu Dhabi) and Mahmoud ElBanhawi (Associate, Dubai)

For Antitrust, the team comprising Jennifer Storey (Partner, London), and Sam Parry (Senior Associate, London) did a fine job as well as projects teaam of Richard Parris (Partner, Dubai) and Aditya Gaur (Senior Associate, Dubai)


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