VimpelCom and Dhabi Group Announce Completion of Mobilink and Warid Deal
VimpelCom, Global Telecom Holding (GTH), together with Warid Telecom Pakistan and Bank Alfalah (Dhabi Group shareholders), received the approvals from Islamabad High Court to merge Pakistan Mobile Communications Limited (Mobilink) and Warid Telecom (Warid). Earlier this year Mobilink and Warid had received approvals from Pakistan Telecom Authority, Competition Commission of Pakistan, Securities and Exchange Commission Pakistan, local and international creditors and State Bank of Pakistan.
Jean-Yves Charlier, Chief Executive Officer of VimpelCom, said: “The High Court’s approval of the merger between Mobilink and Warid, confirms the creation of a world-class champion in Pakistan, and it marks another major step in VimpelCom’s transformation into a leading global technology group with the ambition to bring digital opportunities and experiences to a tenth of the world’s population.”
Chairman of Dhabi Group, His Highness Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, said: “I am pleased to know that courts of Pakistan have approved the merger of Mobilink & Warid along with all pertinent regulatory approvals for consolidating the two businesses. This merger of is yet another landmark achieved, which will further accelerate advancements in telecommunication sector in Pakistan. I am confident that the merged company will continue to contribute significantly to Pakistan’s economy while providing its customers with the highest quality of telecom services.”