Clyde & Co advises Cenomi Retail on SAR 120 million sale of franchise rights to Abdullah Al-Othaim

  • Press Releases 08 December 2023 08 December 2023
  • Middle East

  • Corporate

Global law firm Clyde & Co has advised Cenomi Retail, a Saudi listed company and pioneering retail brand partner, on the SAR 120 million sale of its franchise rights (and related assets) for 18 brands to Abdullah Al-Othaim Fashion Company. The brands include household names such as Flormar, OXXO, and Monsoon. The transaction is expected to complete in Q1 2024.

Clyde & Co advises Cenomi Retail on SAR 120 million sale of franchise rights to Abdullah Al-Othaim

The divestment forms part of Cenomi Retail’s ongoing transformation strategy to focus on champion brands within the fashion, electronics and food and beverage sectors.

Cenomi Retail is the largest franchise retailer in the Kingdom and the only listed business of its type in the Middle East. Founded by renowned businessman and property developer Fawaz A. AlHokair in partnership with brothers Salman and Abdulmajeed, Cenomi Retail has grown considerably since opening its first store in 1991 and is now active in over 1,300 stores across 100 shopping malls in 11 countries across the MENA and CIS regions. Abdullah Al-Othaim Fashion Company, is a subsidiary of Abdullah Al Othaim Investment Company, the operator of malls and entertainment centres in the Kingdom, the GCC, and Egypt.

Clyde & Co acted as lead counsel to Cenomi Retail. Clyde & Co’s cross-practice and cross-jurisdictional team was led by partner Chadi Salloum (corporate), legal director Amun Bashir (corporate), and trainee Urmika Mani (corporate). They were further supported by partner Sara Khoja (employment), legal director Krishen Patel (corporate), and associates Elodie Chalhoub (employment), Jassar Aljohani (employment), and Abdulaziz Alharthy (corporate).

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