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At Baker & McKenzie Limited, Islamic finance experts Ian Siddell and Julie Alexander handle a range of transactions, from sukuk issuances to corporate and commercial deals and projects-related matters in Bahrain. Highlights included acting for Nogaholding subsidiary Bahrain National Gas Expansion Company on conventional and Islamic financing for the development, construction, and operation of a gas plant in Sakhir, Bahrain.

Islamic finance is a core focus of Trowers & Hamlins LLP’s Bahrain office, which has a diverse team of specialist lawyers with expertise in Islamic capital markets transactions, regulatory compliance, Islamic real estate finance deals, social housing projects, and restructurings. The firm recently advised Residential South Real Estate Development Company in its capacity as musharaka partner on the restructuring of the landmark sukuk issued by Villamar Sukuk Company in 2008. Practice head Salman Ahmed is the partner to note.

Dubai-based Mohammed Paracha leads Norton Rose Fulbright’s Islamic finance practice, which is regarded for its expertise in cross-border financings and for its experience in real estate, export credit, aviation, and trade finance. Recent highlights include Gregory Man’s advice to the Kingdom of Bahrain on a $1bn Eurobond and sukuk issuance.

Qays H Zu’bi leads the team at Zu'bi & Partners, Attorneys & Legal Consultants, which has recently been invovled in a range of Islamic finance transactions; in one highlight, Naveen Thakur and senior associate Hamza Saleem acted as Bahrain counsel to Al Baraka Banking Group on a $400m Tier 1 shari’ah-compliant capital certificates transaction. Other clients have included Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company, Citi Islamic Investment Bank, and the European Islamic Investment Bank.

The Islamic finance team at ASAR – Al Ruwayeh & Partners is well versed in the principles and requirements of shari’ah law, and has a strong reputation in structuring investments and financings, including ijara, istisna’a, mudaraba, murabaha and musharaka instruments. Sam Habbas and Ahmed Zakaria are both active in this area.

The team at Hassan Radhi & Associates handles the full range of shari’ah-compliant financings and regularly acts as local counsel in Islamic financing transactions. Hassan Ali Radhi is the key contact.

Ronald Langat at Haya Rashed Al Khalifa Attorneys at Law & Legal Consultants has strong experience in providing local law advice on a variety of Islamic finance structures.

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