Administrative court annuls Saudi Omar Effendi acquisition

Ahram Online, Saturday 7 May 2011

An administrative court has canceled the deal that saw Gamil Ben Abdel Rahman Al-Kanbit buy 90 per cent of department store chain Omar ‎Effendi‎

Omar Effendi
Omar Effendi was established in ‎1856‎

The State Council’s Administrative Court has annulled the deal that saw Saudi businessman ‎Gamil Ben Abdel Rahman Al-Kanbit purchase ‎90 per cent of department store chain Omar ‎Effendi, previously a public sector company.‎
The verdict should help restore to public ownership the iconic chain, ‎which was established in 1856.‎

Omar Effendi was losing ground until 2006, when it was sold to Saudi company Anwal ‎Group. The chain has only seen losses since and is still heavily in debt.‎

Al-Kanbit is understood to have laid off a large number of Omar Effendi employees without ‎fulfilling his legal obligations towards them. 

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