DUBAI, December 7, 2015: The Oath has named Morgan Lewis’s Dubai Banking and Finance team the ‘Team of the Year’ in the regional legal publication’s inaugural Middle East Legal Awards. The 2015 awards, presented November 25, recognized game changers and innovators in the Middle East legal landscape.
Commenting on the award, Ayman A. Khaleq, Dubai managing partner and head of the firm’s regional banking and finance practice, said “We are delighted to see Morgan Lewis’ Middle East banking and finance team recognized. Our commitment to our clients and the region – and developing the industry, especially the Islamic finance and structured transactions industry – shows in our innovative and “first-of-their-kind” work. We are very keen to continue to contribute to the continued success of the regional financial market and debt capital markets transactions.”
The leading team advises clients on debt capital markets; banking and finance; structured transactions; restructurings and workouts; project finance; and structured notes and fund solutions. In particular, it focuses on structuring cross-border Islamic finance transactions particularly where foreign issuers and fund managers are seeking to raise debt or equity from Islamic investors and qualified Middle Eastern investors and has advised clients on complex and innovative transactions across more than 30 jurisdictions. Notable experience includes the first corporate Sukuk issuances out of the US, Luxembourg, Germany, and Oman; regional trade receivables financing and securitization transactions; the first Islamic capital protected fund; multiple asset-backed structured notes and transactions; as well as a wide range of Shari’a-compliant feeder and parallel fund structures for some of the largest global buyout and real estate fund managers.