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Baker & McKenzie Limited is regularly involved in project finance mandates, debt restructuring and refinancing, and debt capital markets transactions. The practice is headed by Ian Siddell, who is acting for Al Rajhi Banking and Investment Corporation, as majority sukuk certificate holder, in relation to the development of Villamar @ The Harbour, a luxury residential complex at the Bahrain Financial Harbour. Julie Alexander provides ongoing advice to Arab Banking Corporation in relation to the structuring and documentation of a range of Islamic and conventional loan arrangements for its customers in Bahrain and abroad. On the borrower side, Bilal Kahlon advised Sulb Company on a $50m working capital facility provided by Arab Banking Corporation.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's Manama-based banking team has expertise in financial regulatory compliance, acquisition finance and structured finance transactions, where it has experience of swaps and options agreements, inter-creditor agreements and asset finance. Moreover, the team is among the market's key players in the restructuring and insolvency space. Elias Moubarak and Salman Ahmed advise various regional retail and specialty banks on a range of matters including loan restructuring, syndicated loan transactions and debt issuances. Jeremy Ingham heads the practice group, and managing associate Niall McMorrow left the team for an in-house role at a Dubai-based bank.    

Zu'bi & Partners, Attorneys & Legal Consultants is instructed by public sector organisations, bank lenders and private borrowers. Name partner Qays H Zu’bi is assisting the Bahrain Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of Bahrain with one $1.25bn issuance and another $900m issuance of state bonds due 2029 and 2047, respectively. Also in the capital markets space, the team advised an oil and gas Company on the establishment of a $3bn global medium-term note programme. Additionally, Zu'bi and Naveen Thakur acted as Bahraini counsel to the State Bank of India in relation to a $250m facility agreement between HDFC Bank and the client, which acted through its Bahraini branch. Also recommended are Hatim Q. Zu’bi and Dareen Abdul Rahim, who was promoted to junior partner in May 2017.

Al Tamimi & Company has extensive experience of general financing transactions and enforcement matters, and also has complementary expertise in tax and dispute resolution. Highlights included Rafiq Jaffer assisting Mashreq Bank with the review and amendment of a slew of credit documentation. Dubai-based Jody Waugh acts as regional head of the firm's banking and finance practice.

ASAR – Al Ruwayeh & Partners has developed a reputation for advising financial institutions on financial regulatory compliance, and is known in the transactional space for its experience of aviation finance and lease agreements. Headed by Steven Brown, the team has also acted for international banks including Deutsche Bank and Bank Audi in relation to high-value lending and refinance transactions. Senior associate Rahul Sud in another name to note.

The team at Elham Ali Hassan & Associates (EAH Law) has been involved in regulatory, transactional and contentious matters in the banking sector. Sarah Jawahery is instructed by wholesale and retail banks as well as investment firms, and Elham Ali Hassan is a key contact for financial disputes. Essa Jawahery serves as managing partner of the firm, which counts Addax Bank, Kuwait Finance House, Bloomberg and Merrill Lynch among its major clients.

Hassan Radhi & Associates is active in the capital markets space, where it advises debt issuers and bond holders in public and private sector transactions. Further, the banking team has considerable experience of project finance, debt restructuring and financial regulatory compliance. Noor Hassan Radhi heads the practice group, which also includes Noora Mohammed Janahi, Abdul Jali Al Aradi and name partner Hassan Ali Radhi. Ahli United Bank, Al Salam Bank, BNP Paribas and Bank Audi are among the department's clients.

Haya Rashed Al Khalifa Attorneys at Law & Legal Consultants has notable experience of syndicated and leveraged finance deals, acquisition finance, structured finance and securitisation, and real estate and project finance. Names to note include Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, Rashid Bo-Ghammar and Ronald Langat.

Norton Rose Fulbright is headed by Joanne Emerson Taqi, who advises lenders and borrowers on the development and financing of real estate and energy infrastructure projects.

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