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Walkers London acts on Argo Real Estate Acquisition

Walkers' London office is pleased to have acted as counsel to The Blackstone Group Inc. (through an affiliate) ("Blackstone") in relation to its acquisition of a significant property portfolio from Argo Real Estate ("Argo").

The Argo property portfolio was acquired by Blackstone for circa £180m and includes seven units in London and one in Manchester, totalling 717,000 sq. ft. of last mile logistics space.

London-based partner, Neil McDonald, led the Walkers team with assistance from senior counsel James Denham, senior associate Thomas Mawson, and associates Tom Esler and Catherine Outerbridge.

Mr. McDonald commented: "We are delighted to have assisted Blackstone in the acquisition of this strategic property portfolio. Changing customer demands, coupled with the ongoing growth in e-commerce, are shaping the way logistics are fulfilled and we expect to see continued investment activity in the logistics and industrial sectors for the foreseeable future."

Walkers worked alongside Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP on the transaction.

Walkers Advises Oaktree Acquisition Corp. II on US$2.25 billion Business Combination with Alvotech

Walkers is pleased to have acted as Cayman Islands counsel to Oaktree Acquisition Corp. II ("Oaktree") on its definitive US$2.25 billion business combination agreement with Alvotech Holdings ("Alvotech").

Alvotech, founded in 2013 in Reykjavik, Iceland, is a leading global biopharmaceutical company focused solely on the development and manufacture of biosimilar medicines for patients worldwide. The Oaktree transaction is expected to deliver gross proceeds in excess of US$450 million to Alvotech to fund its growth trajectory.

Walkers acted alongside US counsel Kirkland & Ellis and was led by Cayman Islands partners Caroline Williams and Andrew Barker with assistance from senior counsel Christine Ballantyne-Drewe and associate Sam Francis.

Walkers Advises Apollo Strategic Growth Capital on US$5.3 billion business combination with AmEx Global Business Travel

Walkers is pleased to announce it has acted as Cayman Islands counsel to Apollo Strategic Growth Capital in its US$5.3 billion business combination with American Express Global Business Travel ("AmEx GBT"). The combination is expected to create the world’s largest publicly traded managed business travel platform, which plans to list on the New York Stock Exchange under the new ticker symbol “GBTG”.

The AmEx GBT and Apollo Strategic Growth Capital transaction will deliver gross proceeds of up to US$1.2 billion, including an US$335 million private investment in public equity, or PIPE.

Walkers acted alongside US counsel Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and was led by Cayman Islands Managing Partner Tim Buckley with assistance from associates James Murrie and Alexandra Chirea.

Walkers Advises on MENA Region's First Fintech Fund

Walkers acted as Cayman Islands counsel to VentureSouq, a GCC-based venture capital firm, on the launch of MENA Fintech Fund I, the first such fund in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to focus on Fintech as a sector.

The US$ 50 million fund will invest in early-stage Fintech and Software as a Service (Saas) companies across the MENA region and Pakistan. Key sub-sectors the fund will focus on include payments infrastructure, alternative credit, digital banking, PropTech, InsureTech and personal financial management. The fund is backed by a range of prominent investors in the region, including sovereign wealth funds.

Walkers, instructed alongside lead counsel Latham & Watkins LLP, advised on the formation and launch aspects of the closed-ended fund which is domiciled in the Cayman Islands.

The Walkers team was led by Dubai Partner Tom Cochrane with support from Associate Reghard Smith.

Walkers Advises KKR and Atlantic Aviation on Establishment of Aviation Infrastructure Platform

Walkers is pleased to have acted as Cayman Islands counsel to KKR and Atlantic Aviation on the combination of Atlantic Aviation and Ross Aviation. The combination will create a leading aviation infrastructure platform with one of the largest networks of fixed base operations in North America.

The Walkers team was led by Cayman Islands partner Bicrom Das, with assistance from associates Sam Francis, Arezou Rezai and Miriam el Ofir. Cayman Islands aviation specialist Sarah Humpleby and partner Nick Dunne advised on aviation and licensing matters respectively. KKR and Atlantic Aviation's US counsel was Kirkland & Ellis.

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