Ruth is Head Middle East and North Africa for Mergermarket. Based in Dubai for eleven years she is an experienced financial journalist with an extensive network of contacts in the region. She has worked as a deputy editor for CPI Financial, publisher of Banker Middle East, and prior to moving to Dubai she spent a year reporting and editing at Bucharest Business Week in Romania. Ruth had earlier stints in local and regional newspapers in Northern Ireland and worked as broadcast assistant at BBC Three Counties Radio in Bedfordshire.
Ruth has also worked as a consultant for Dubai-based ValuStrat Consulting, sourcing potential acquisition targets for PE/VC firms, corporates and family offices, and as a consultant partner with market research firm Insight Discovery.
She holds a BA (Hons) Media Performance from the University of Bedfordshire and is a qualified journalist from the Belfast Metropolitan College.
Fares is a corporate partner in our global transactions group and head of our Riyadh office. His areas of practice are M&A, corporate and regulatory, with an emphasis on IPOs and securities issues, corporate restructuring, and licensing and capital markets regulations. He also has experience in dispute resolution in Saudi Arabia.
One of the few dual Saudi- and UK-qualified lawyers in Riyadh, Fares’ knowledge of the Saudi business community, society, and political and regulatory landscape gives him an in-depth understanding about what it means for both domestic and international clients doing business in the country.
Fares has particularly good relationships with some of Saudi Arabia’s most powerful regulatory authorities and decision-makers that influence and impact corporate activity in the Kingdom, including the Capital Market Authority, where he was seconded for 18 months. He also has close relationships with other regulators including the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority and Ministry of Commerce and Industry.