Leopold Zentner

Partner

Zentner, Leopold

Middle East & North Africa (MENA) focused corporate lawyer Leopold Zentner has a strong transaction-focused corporate practice, built up over more than a decade in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Libya and Oman.

MENA-Focused Corporate Practice

Mr. Zentner represents sovereign wealth fund portfolio companies, blue chip regional companies, leading international businesses and government institutions in respect of high-value investments, corporate restructurings, complex cross-border joint ventures, private equity, cross-border mergers and acquisitions transactions, regulatory matters and implementation of national economic diversification strategies.

Key industry experience includes: power sector (such as conventional and renewable energy projects, privatisation of power related services), petrochemicals, industrial sector (such as automotive sector and industrial metals), shipping, education and hospitality.

Notable for his regional experience beyond Oman, Mr. Zentner has worked extensively in the Emirates, Libya and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He has considerable insight into the MENA business culture and customs and is perfectly placed to bridge any cultural gaps that may arise in the context of cross-border investments. In addition to his prior experience in leading international law firms, Mr. Zentner acted as senior in-house counsel at the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) in Riyadh focusing on SABIC’s in-Kingdom and out of Kingdom (including India, East Africa, West Africa) investments, joint ventures and M&A activities.

Economic Diversifications Programmes

Mr. Zentner has a profound professional and academic interest in the various economic diversifications programmes undertaken in the GCC and beyond (such as Afghanistan). He is particularly interested in the development of the legal framework of emerging and developing economies designed to unlock investment opportunities to “crowd in” private and foreign investment, promoting non-oil exports and localization of the industrial value chain.

Languages

English

German

Awards

Served as recurrent presenter at trade delegations / associations / conferences (UKTI, MEA, MEED, Advantage Austria, Malta Business Network, Dubai In-House Congress)

Functioned as Libya Legal Expert with legal and business press (including the Financial Times)

Formerly Visiting Lecturer on Corporate M&A transactions at the Zambian Institute of Advanced Legal Education - pro bono

Middle East & North Africa (MENA) focused corporate lawyer Leopold Zentner has a strong transaction-focused corporate practice, built up over more than a decade in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Libya and Oman.

Focus Areas