DEPARTMENT PROFILE

Latham & Watkins LLP

Islamic Finance

2 ranked lawyersBand 3Middle East-wideGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Often cited for its deep expertise in Saudi Arabia. Also has considerable regional depth, with a well-regarded office in Dubai and experience handling matters across the region. Has further capabilities in all elements of project finance, capital markets and investment funds. Clients include sovereign governments and state-owned entities, as well as major regional companies and Islamic financial institutions.

Strengths

One client noted: "They very comfortably managed our transaction across multiple countries."

Notable practitioners

Craig Nethercott splits his time between Dubai and London and currently acts as co-chair of the firm's global Islamic finance practice. His recent work includes leading on high-value murabaha facilities and finance programmes, acting for several major banks. He has a strong track record in this field and demonstrates particular expertise regarding Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Harj Rai is much esteemed for his involvement in Islamic finance mandates, especially those originating in Saudi Arabia. He is noted for his particular aptitude for Shari'a-compliant project finance, sukuk and restructurings and often acts for sovereign wealth funds. He is also well versed in murabaha facilities, representing several clients in the real estate and technology sectors in this regard. He is based in Dubai.

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Middle East-wide

Islamic Finance


Craig Nethercott
Band 3
Harjaskaran Rai
Band 3