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Allen & Overy LLP

Bilal Ahmad

Dubai, United Arab Emirates Global Guide 2022 Ranked in 4 departments

Lawyer profile for Global 2022

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Capital Markets: Debt - United Arab Emirates

Band 1

Bilal Ahmad is an accomplished lawyer based in Dubai 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.
"Bilal is approachable, he takes the time to have a discussion. His overall knowledge of DCM and Islamic finance is helpful."
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Banking & Finance: Islamic Finance - United Arab Emirates

Band 2

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

Band 1

Bilal Ahmad is based in Dubai and is an eminent sukuk lawyer. 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.
"He is commercial and user-friendly."
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Islamic Finance - Middle East-wide

Band 2

Bilal Ahmad is based in Dubai and is praised by sources as a leading lawyer 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

Bilal Ahmad is an accomplished lawyer based in Dubai 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.
"Bilal is approachable, he takes the time to have a discussion. His overall knowledge of DCM and Islamic finance is helpful."
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Rankings for Expertise Based Abroad
Capital Markets - Saudi Arabia

Expertise Based Abroad in Saudi Arabia

Bilal Ahmad has extensive experience handling debt capital markets and sukuk transactions for clients based in the Kingdom, as well as underwriting banks. He is based in Dubai.
"He is very good and very sensible." "He is a great lawyer."
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