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Ayaz Shaikh

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Ayaz Shaikh is an internationally recognized project finance lawyer with a broad U.S. and global practice. He represents sponsors, banks, MLAs, ministries, public authorities, funds and investors in the development, construction, financing or acquisition of major projects. Ayaz brings 25 years of experience in over 30 countries throughout the Americas, Asia, Middle East, Europe and Africa.

Ayaz’s projects have typically involved governments, MLAs and ECAs, and have been pursued as PPPs or on a BOT, BOOT or BOO basis. Several of his projects have established the framework, concession structure or model agreements for the pursuit of major energy or infrastructure projects in a country.

Professional Memberships

Board of Directors & Executive Committee, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF);

Business Advisory Committee, American Council on Germany (ACG);

Advisory Board and Governing Council, South Asian Bar Association (SABA);

Member of India Committee, American Bar Association (ABA)


Georgetown Law Center (J.D., 1992, magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Law Review: Georgetown Law Journal); Yale University (B.A., 1986, cum laude, with Distinction)