The Banking & Finance industry has seen major developments in the Middle East over the past few years, vastly influenced by the growing demand for Islamic compliant financial products. Bankers, financial advisors and investors are constantly looking for innovative financing instruments and structures. In relation to bonds and securities, the use of Islamic securities has become increasingly popular, both as a means of raising government finance through sovereign issues and as a way of companies obtaining funding through the offer of corporate sukuk.
Our Banking & Finance team has a solid understanding of regional and international banking and finance laws, demonstrated in the firm’s experience in representing major international and domestic banks, financial institutions and corporate clients in various significant transactions within the industry.
Our lawyers have specialist experience in drafting syndicated loans and security documentation as well as structuring and advising on investment funds. We have previously led on the incorporation and licensing of a number of financial institutions in the UAE and in the DIFC, and our team has extensive experience in DFSA rules and regulations which extends to advising on compliance and anti-money laundering matters. Our Islamic Finance specialists possess extensive experience in structuring Shari’ah compliant products.
- Advising an investment fund on the creation and set up of the first Shari’a compliant fund out of Malta.
- Advising as amicus curiae on the winding up of a major US law firm, including advising the liquidator on employment and insolvency issues.
- Advising private equity fund sponsors and owners of various high-end fashion brands on the structuring of a fund and subsequent fund raising activity.
- Advising an energy corporation on the lending and registration of securities for an international fund.