Ranking tables

Capital Markets: Debt | Global

United Arab Emirates

The Capital Markets: Debt rankings table below has been designed to provide the most in-depth insights and reviews of the top ranked lawyers and law firms. The firms included in our rankings have been recommended by in-house counsel, other third-party experts and private practice lawyers. Our comprehensive research ensures you have all the information needed when looking to purchase legal services across United Arab Emirates.

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Band 1
  1. Anzal Mohammed
    Anzal Mohammed
    A&O Shearman
    A&O Shearman | Capital Markets: Debt
    2024 | Band 1 | 17 Years Ranked
    Anzal Mohammed demonstrates a broad range of expertise in Islamic and conventional debt capital markets. A highly acclaimed lawyer in Dubai, he often acts on Tier 1 issuances and sukuk programmes; on such matters he regularly advises lead managers and arrangers, as well as issuers.
  2. Bilal Ahmad
    Bilal Ahmad
    A&O Shearman
    A&O Shearman | Capital Markets: Debt
    2024 | Band 1 | 12 Years Ranked
    Bilal Ahmad 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 as well as domestic and international financial institutions. He is particularly experienced in acting on debut sukuk issuances.
  3. Jonathan A Fried
    Jonathan A Fried
    Linklaters | Capital Markets: Debt
    2024 | Band 1 | 9 Years Ranked
    Jonathan Fried is a prominent lawyer with considerable expertise in Tier 1 capital securities and sovereign debt issuances. He is also adept at sukuk and debt/equity hybrid issuances, and is notable for his extensive experience advising a variety of high-profile issuers and underwriters.
  4. 1
    Stuart Ure
    Clifford Chance LLP
    Clifford Chance LLP | Capital Markets: Debt
    2024 | Band 1 | 12 Years Ranked
    Stuart Ure is accomplished at advising on conventional and Islamic debt capital markets. He often advises on sukuk, acting for high-profile regional issuers and government entities, and has notable expertise in Rule 144A issuances. He is also acclaimed for structured finance and securitisation work, as well as for his regular handling of Saudi-related matters.
Band 2
  1. 2
    Alex Roussos
    Dentons | Capital Markets: Debt
    2024 | Band 2 | 10 Years Ranked
    Alex Roussos is a highly accomplished lawyer in the sukuk arena, where he often advises joint lead managers and issuers. He is also experienced representing major regional banks in conventional debt issuances. He is Dentons' Dubai managing partner and also co-heads its Middle East banking and finance practice.
  2. Debashis Dey
    Debashis Dey
    White & Case LLP
    White & Case LLP | Capital Markets: Debt
    2024 | Band 2 | 17 Years Ranked
    Debashis Dey has extensive experience in debt issuances and is most notably active on matters within the UAE and Saudi Arabia. He is highly esteemed in the sukuk sphere and has experience representing managers, arrangers and issuers. He divides his time between Dubai and London.
  3. Nomaan Raja
    Nomaan Raja
    Latham & Watkins LLP
    Latham & Watkins LLP | Capital Markets: Debt
    2024 | Band 2 | 9 Years Ranked
    Nomaan Raja is Latham & Watkins' managing partner for the UAE. He is highly skilled in conventional as well as Shari'a-compliant debt issuances, and has experience advising on matters across the region. He regularly acts for clients in the real estate and oil and gas sectors, in addition to advising government entities. A substantial part of his work relates to Saudi Arabia.
  4. Rizwan H Kanji
    Rizwan H Kanji
    Akin | Capital Markets: Debt
    2024 | Band 2 | 16 Years Ranked
    Rizwan Kanji is a highly skilled lawyer who is active on conventional and Shari'a-compliant debt work. He is especially well respected for his sukuk practice, which sees him advise several major regional financial institutions.
  5. Lee Irvine
    Simmons & Simmons | Capital Markets: Debt
    2024 | Band 2
Band 3
  1. Basil Al-Jafari
    Basil Al-Jafari
    Latham & Watkins LLP
    Latham & Watkins LLP | Capital Markets: Debt
    2024 | Band 3 | 3 Years Ranked
    Basil Al-Jafari is widely acknowledged for his in-depth understanding of debt matters. He is well versed in representing arrangers and dealers, and also has a wealth of experience concerning sovereign issuances. In addition to his debt work he is increasingly involved in equity issuances.
  2. 3
    Gregory Man
    Bird & Bird (MEA) LLP
    Bird & Bird (MEA) LLP | Capital Markets: Debt
    2024 | Band 3 | 8 Years Ranked
    Gregory Man of Bird & Bird possesses strong expertise in sukuk and conventional debt transactions, and is also widely respected for his strengths in securitisations and structured products. He regularly acts for Middle Eastern clients on their transactions outside the region.
  3. 3
    Rafiq Jaffer
    Al Tamimi & Company | Capital Markets: Debt
    2024 | Band 3 | 4 Years Ranked
    Rafiq Jaffer is an accomplished banking and debt capital markets lawyer who divides his time between the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. He has significant experience advising on sukuk issuances, acting for issuers from across the Middle East.
Up and Coming
  1. Dalia Nammari
    Dalia Nammari
    Linklaters | Capital Markets: Debt
    2024 | Up and Coming | 1 Years Ranked
    Dalia Nammari was promoted to partner at Linklaters in May 2023 and is widely considered to be a rising star within this practice area. She has advised on a number of sovereign sukuk issuances, with experience acting for issuers as well as lead managers.
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    Hamed Afzal
    Norton Rose Fulbright
    Norton Rose Fulbright | Capital Markets: Debt
    2024 | Up and Coming | 1 Years Ranked
    Hamed Afzal is an accomplished debt capital markets lawyer based at Norton Rose Fulbright. He is a frequent adviser on sukuk issuances, typically acting for high-profile Emirati and Saudi clients, and has further experience assisting with equity matters.