Abu Dhabi Financial Group and Shuaa Capital complete merger

The Abu Dhabi Financial Group also increased its authorised capital to $692m

Abu Dhabi Financial Group (ADFG) said Sunday it has completed its merger with Shuaa Capital and increased its authorised capital to $692m.

The deal is the latest in the ongoing financial sector consolidation in the United Arab Emirates, which has also seen the completion of two large bank mergers since 2017.

The capital increase follows admission of 1.47 billion new shares on the Dubai Financial Market in favour of ADFG’s parent company, Abu Dhabi Capital Management LLC, a joint statement from the companies said.

The new Shuaa shares will be subject to a 12-month lock-up period from the date of admission, the statement said.

In June, ADFG and Shuaa agreed on terms of their merger that will create an entity with $12.8bn in assets under management.

ADFG’s shareholders will own 58 per cent of the enlarged entity while Shuaa’s existing shareholders will own 42 per cent.

ADFG already owned 48.36 per cent of Dubai-listed Shuaa, according to Refinitiv data.

Shares of Shuaa Capital were flat in early trade.