Alexandre Akoum

Alexandre Akoum

Senior Associate

Alexandre has extensive experience in corporate/M&A, commercial and real estate transactions.

 He gained versatile technical skills in prestigious international law firms and leading industrial companies in Europe, and has been regularly involved in strategic deals in the Africa/MENA market since late 2017. 
He primarily advises and acts for national and international high-profile clients, such as industrial operators, private equity funds, sovereign investment funds, financial institutions and public entities, in major domestic and cross-border M&A transactions across various sectors, including life sciences and healthcare, retail and distribution, banking, insurance, education and agribusiness. 
He also has significant experience in structuring large-scale industrial partnerships, especially in the automotive and food manufacturing industries, and has a solid expertise in handling real estate projects, ranging from hotel, residential and mall developments, to acquisitions, disposals and leasing arrangements. Over the years, he has developed in parallel a keen interest and good knowledge of the legaltech and AI tools, which he leverages to benefit his clients.


Representative matters

Holmarcom on the MAD450m (approx. USD50m) investment by IFC in Holmarcom Insurance Activities

Helios Investment Partners in relation to its acquisition of a 35% stake in B?M Stores from B?M B?RLE??K MA?AZALAR

Kelix Bio on its acquisition of 100% of Pharmaceutical Institute SA from its founding shareholders

Mitsui & Co Europe PLC, on its acquisition of an additional stake of 21.5% in Zalar Holding

Published Work

Alexandre Akoum, “The legal protection of foreign direct investments in Arab Gulf countries: United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia”, 2013, La Sorbonne, Paris, France.

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Sorbonne Alumni Association
  • Member, Association of the Post Graduate Degree in International Business Law of the University Paris-Sud XI- Paris-Saclay
  • Member, Association of the LLM Business Law, Arab World and Middle East of the Sorbonne Law School - Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University



Post Graduate Degree (Master 2), International Business Law, Paris-Saclay University/ESCP Europe Business School, 2015

Post Graduate Degree (Master 2), Business Law (mena), Sorbonne Law School – Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, 2013

Graduate degree (Master 1), Business Law, Sorbonne Law School – Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, 2012

Bachelor’s degree (Licence), Private Law, Sorbonne Law School – Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, 2011

A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.