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Hogan Lovells

Islamic Finance

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What the team is known for

Well established in the Middle East, this firm is known for the deep experience of its bench. Its broad practice encompasses sukuk transactions as well as Shari'a-compliant syndicated facilities, and the firm also operates a prolific Islamic project finance practice. Highly regarded in the market and regularly acts as counsel to a number of international banks and multilaterals. The Dubai-based team advises on matters throughout the Middle East, Asia and North Africa.

Strengths

Clients describe Hogan Lovells as a "solid firm that works well across offices. It's a very collegial team."

Notable practitioners

Rahail Ali is often cited by sources as "a godfather of the Islamic finance industry." As managing partner of the firm's Dubai office, he possesses a long track record in Shari'a-compliant facilities, acting for prominent financial institutions as well as clients in the power sector.

Rustum Shah is a seasoned Dubai-based practitioner who acts for major financial institutions on a variety of matters, including novel sukuk restructurings. He is also adept at acting for clients in the real estate sector and has notable skills in syndicated finance.

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Overview

Our Middle East Islamic finance practice has been at the forefront of virtually every major development in the Islamic finance sector, having worked on some of the most complex, innovative and high profile transactions in the market place. We’ve led developments in the industry and have set market standards, acting on many market firsts.

From our hub in Dubai, we’ve developed a strong track record in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar.

We have the ability to structure complex Sharia compliant transactions and to advise on the full range of Islamic finance products in language that our clients understand and appreciate.

We have a robust team of lawyers, led by Rahail Ali who is widely acknowledged to be a leading authority in this sector. Our finance partners have over ten years' experience in the region and as such provide difficult to rival expertise through long-standing experience and insight into regional market imperatives.

Clients

Al Bayan Holding Group

Anfaal Capital

Arab Banking Corporation

Deutsche Bank

Dubai Islamic Bank

Government of Dubai

Investment Corporation of Dubai

Islamic Corp. for the Development of the Private Sector

Standard Chartered Bank

Tufton Oceanic

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Education

Energy

Financial Services

Government

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Retail

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Islamic Finance Department

Hogan Lovells

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Department location

19th Floor, Al Fattan Currency Tower

Dubai International Financial Centre

PO Box 506602

Dubai

Dubai

United Arab Emirates

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Middle East-wide

Islamic Finance


Rahail Ali
Eminent Practitioners
Rustum Shah
Band 4