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Allen & Overy LLP

Bilal Ahmad

Dubai, United Arab Emirates Global Guide 2021 Ranked in 4 departments

Lawyer profile for Global 2021

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Capital Markets: Debt - United Arab Emirates

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Bilal Ahmad is a "highly regarded and technically strong" practitioner who is widely recognised as a market leader in sukuk, both within the UAE and in Saudi Arabia. He is equally skilled at acting for issuers and arrangers, and his clientele includes real estate companies and domestic and international financial institutions. He is particularly experienced in acting on debut sukuk issuances.
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Banking & Finance: Islamic Finance - United Arab Emirates

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Bilal Ahmad is highly regarded for his capabilities in sukuk, often acting on Tier 1 issuances containing dual Islamic and conventional structures. He is equally experienced in acting for issuers and underwriters. Furthermore, he is also particularly adept at advising major regional financial institutions on debut issuances.
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Capital Markets: Debt - Middle East-wide

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Dubai-based Bilal Ahmad is an eminent sukuk practitioner. He is accomplished in acting for financial institutions, most regularly in their capacity as arrangers and dealers, on both domestic and international transactions. He is also experienced in conventional debt capital markets. Sources agree that he is "a highly regarded and technically strong practitioner in the MENA region."
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Islamic Finance - Middle East-wide

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Dubai-based Bilal Ahmad is praised by sources as a leading figure in Islamic finance, with particular prominence in the field of sukuk. He is especially proficient in acting for arrangers and dealers on Shari'a-compliant issuances relating to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Kuwait. He also regularly acts for issuer clients in the real estate sector.
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Rankings for Foreign Expertise
Capital Markets: Debt - United Arab Emirates

Foreign Expertise in Saudi Arabia

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Bilal Ahmad is a "highly regarded and technically strong" practitioner who is widely recognised as a market leader in sukuk, both within the UAE and in Saudi Arabia. He is equally skilled at acting for issuers and arrangers, and his clientele includes real estate companies and domestic and international financial institutions. He is particularly experienced in acting on debut sukuk issuances.
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Rankings for Expertise Based Abroad
Capital Markets - Saudi Arabia

Expertise Based Abroad in Saudi Arabia

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Allen & Overy's Bilal Ahmad has extensive experience handling debt capital markets and sukuk transactions for clients based in the Kingdom, as well as underwriting banks. Peers enthuse that he is "consistently front and centre" when it comes to Saudi-related work and is "well thought of" within the legal community. He is based in Dubai.
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