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The ‘extremely polished’ practice at Baker & McKenzie Limited provides ‘a very high-level service’; for some, it stands ‘head and shoulders above other firms in Bahrain’. The ‘dedicated and organisedJulie Alexander is highly recommended for her ‘unbelievable connection to the market’; she advised Ahli United Bank on facilities provided to Joannou & Paraskevaides for the development of two government infrastructure projects in Saudi Arabia. Ian Siddell and Bilal Kahlon have a track record acting for government entities and major banks.

Project finance specialist Joanne Emerson Taqi leads Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice in Bahrain, which regularly advises major domestic and international banking groups and has particular experience in real estate and Islamic finance transactions. Recent highlights include acting as lead counsel to HSBC Middle East, Bank ABC and Mashreqbank on $400m term and revolving facilities provided to Bahrain Steel.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP is well versed in handling the full range of banking and finance matters for a number of Bahrain’s most prominent financial institutions. The firm recently advised the Arab Banking Corporation on a $125m dual tranche syndicated loan facility, extended to Bahrain Commercial Facilities Company, to repay an existing syndicated loan facility to support the continual expansion of their lending portfolio; Jeremy Ingham led on this matter and heads the banking and finance practice. Other key figures include Salman Ahmed.

Qays H Zu’bi leads the ‘very strong’ team at Zu'bi & Partners, Attorneys & Legal Consultants, which regularly works alongside leading international law firms on high-value financings. The firm frequently advises government entities and leading banking groups; recent highlights include advising the Ministry of Finance on a $1bn bond issuance.

ASAR – Al Ruwayeh & Partners regularly advises lenders and borrowers on the full range of both conventional and Islamic finance transactions, covering bilateral loans, asset finance, and club deals, among others. Senior Associates Steven Brown and Simone Del Nevo are particularly active in this area.

The ‘very good’ team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP regularly acts for government ministries, financial institutions and corporate borrowers on a wide range of financings, including project finance transactions, cross-border facilities, and property finance. Practice head Rupert Copeman-Hill recently advised the Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait on a $50m revolving credit facility provided to a bank based in Oman.

Elham Ali Hassan heads the practice at Elham Ali Hassan & Associates (EAH Law), which counts Addax Bank, and Kuwait Finance House as clients.

Hassan Ali Radhi leads the team at Hassan Radhi & Associates, which regularly advises banks in their capacity as joint lead managers on bond issuances in Bahrain.

At Haya Rashed Al Khalifa Attorneys at Law & Legal Consultants, the banking and finance team regularly acts for some of the leading local and international banks, as well as corporate and government entities. Ronald Langat is the name to note.

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