Financial Institutions

We are one of the leading law firms advising financial institutions in the Middle East. Our team handles complex, high-value financings for clients and are at the forefront of new technologies and regulatory changes impacting the industry.

Our bankruptcy and insolvency lawyers advise on some of the largest cases in the region. Acting on behalf of both debtors and creditors, we find our clients solutions to their NPLs, underfunded liabilities, and other areas of financial distress, by considering all options available under the new bankruptcy law in relation to insolvency, preventative composition, bankruptcy and liquidation.

We provide services across the full spectrum of financial technology and we benefit from the ability to draw upon our extensive wider corporate, insurance, regulatory and financial experience to address the various micro-industries that form the FinTech ecosystem. We advise financial institutions, venture capitalists and start-ups on maximising technological innovation, enhancing and safeguarding their trade secrets and tech, and ensuring compliance with all local and international laws.

Working within an ever-changing regulatory ecosystem, both from a regulatory and technological perspective, requires us to be in touch with various stakeholders. We regularly interact with financial regulators in various capacities: (1) when providing comments on draft legislation when and if we are brought on board in a consultatory capacity, (2) when approaching regulators on behalf of clients to enquire on the applicability and malleability of the current regulatory framework, and (3) when attempting to match new products and services to existing legislation.


  • FinTech
  • Payments & digital currencies
  • Investment Funds
  • Financial regulatory and compliance
  • Financial restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency
  • Project financings
  • Corporate financings
  • Asset and trade finance
  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • Licensing
  • Corporate governance
  • Private equity and venture capital
  • High Net Worth Individuals and private financing
  • Wealth management
  • Cybersecurity & data protection
  • Financial litigation
  • Commercial fraud
"BSA are very good; commercially minded, and have good knowledge of the market. They are sound in their advice and easy to use."

Chambers FinTech Legal 2022

Key Contacts

Jimmy Haoula

Nadim Bardawil

Abdullah Ishnaneh

Michael Kortbawi

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