M&As Enable Companies to Substantially Increase Their Equity

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Ahmed Said, President of the Energy Group at Forbes & Manhattan, is well versed in the area of development and exploration in the oil and gas industry. With a track record of raising hundreds of millions of dollars in equity transactions, Ahmed Said has proven his skills in managing capital markets and in facilitating mergers and acquisitions through Forbes & Manhattan.

One of the primary ways a company can expand on its business operations and fund new projects is through mergers and acquisitions, also referred to as M&As. This financing strategy is used by corporate financiers to purchase, sell, separate, or combine companies or entities. By using this approach, a company does not have to form a subsidiary, which can slow a company’s goals toward growth.

Technically, a merger involves a legal transaction whereby two companies consolidate into a single entity. An acquisition happens when a company takes over another firm and becomes the owner. In turn, the acquired company acts as an independent entity.

Mergers are friendlier transactions, as the leaders of each company generally agree to consolidate their interests. An acquisition, however, can be hostile as the target company usually resists the idea of being bought.

Sweet and Sour Forms of Natural Gas

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As a consulting Process/Chemical Engineer in Calgary, Canada, Mr. Ahmed S Said started his career in the oil & gas engineering and construction business by designing, procuring and overseeing the construction of oil & gas well-site facilities, pipeline tie-ins and sweetening and dehydration installations for processing natural gas. Now a senior executive with natural resource financiers Forbes & Manhattan Inc., Mr. Ahmed Said utilizes his technical background while financing the development of large scale natural gas projects utilizing the importance of safe removal of sulfur, and its by products, from natural gas when it is processed.

Unprocessed gas, containing sulfur products, straight from the well is called “sour gas” because of the odor of hydrogen sulfide, the gaseous form of sulfur. Conversely, “sweet gas” results from removing the sulfur, which is both toxic to breathe and corrosive.

Sweetening employs chemicals known as amines to remove hydrogen sulfide. Sweetening plants pump the sour gas through towers containing amines in liquid form. In the United States, 95 percent of sweetening operations use this method.

Reusability is built into the system. Refineries can recover the leftover sulfur into its elemental form, a yellow powder, using a method known as the Claus process, which can extract 97 percent of sulfur from the waste products of sweetening. Amines can also be used repeatedly to sweeten gas.

Ahmed Said, Advisor

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