Bill Nash, the managing partner of the Abu Dhabi office and member of the firm’s International Leadership Team, has been resident in Abu Dhabi since 2008 and previously lived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He advises regional and global clients on a variety of corporate and business law matters, focusing on private investment funds, international transactions and joint ventures, and general corporate counseling. He also advises Middle East financial institutions on the application of US anti-money, laundering sanctions, and know-your-customer laws and regulations. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and New York.
Bill represents institutional investors, including sovereign wealth funds, corporate groups, and family offices, in connection with their global investment activities, including establishing and maintaining customized investment platforms, reviewing and negotiating investments in private investment funds, and drafting and negotiating investment management and other commercial agreements. He works with clients throughout the Middle East, including banks, other financial institutions, and private companies on a variety of company formation, compliance, and regulatory matters.
Bill teaches international investment law and acts as a thesis advisor as part of the International Business Law Master’s Degree Program at the Paris-Sorbonne University in Abu Dhabi and is a regular speaker on investing in the Middle East and in the United States. He is a founding member of UNHCR’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Sustainability Board and an active member of the US-UAE Business Council and the American Chamber of Commerce in Abu Dhabi.
Before joining Morgan Lewis, Bill was the coordinator of the MENA practice and the managing partner of the Abu Dhabi office of another global law firm. He previously practiced law in the asset management group of another global law firm, focusing on advising private investment fund sponsors on the structuring and offering of US and offshore investment funds and fund regulatory, trading, and operational matters.
Before practicing law, Bill served as an emergency management specialist with a US consulting firm, where he was responsible for designing and facilitating training exercises to prepare federal and state emergency responders for natural disasters and other crisis situations.
The George Washington University Law School, 2000, J.D., with high honors, Order of the Coif
The George Washington University, 2000, M.A., National Security Studies
Vanderbilt University, 1994, B.A., Political Science
District of Columbia
Awards and Affiliations
Ranked, Investment Funds, Middle East-wide, Chambers Global (2021)
Recommended, Investment Fund Formation and Management, United Arab Emirates, The Legal 500 EMEA (2020)
Founding member, UNHCR’s MENA Sustainability Board