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United Arab Emirates

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP

At Latham & Watkins LLP, counsel Aly Kassam, a new hire from Gibson Dunn, advised The First Group on borrowing AED300m in a shari'ah-compliant refinancing transaction provided by Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank; he also assisted Emirates Hospitals Group with borrowing $300m from, inter alia, Credit Suisse. Harj Rai worked with the firm's London office in advising Citibank on a $2.6bn syndicated, unsecured one-year loan to Saudi Electricity Company, and also acted for Standard Chartered on amending a term loan provided to Emaar. Nomaan Raja has restructuring expertise, and advises Adeem Investment Solutions in this arena.

Next Generation Partners

Aly Kassam - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

At Latham & Watkins LLP, Nomaan Raja advised Nogaholding on creating a $3bn GMTN programme, and the subsequent issue of $2bn of notes due in 2027. He also assisted JP Morgan with Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank's issuance of Formosa bonds due in 2047. Islamic financing highlights include advice to Standard Chartered on Noor Bank issuing a five-year sukuk totalling $500m, for which there were orders of $1.07bn. Also in the sukuk space, Harj Rai assisted NCB Capital Company with Maaden Phosphate Company's issuance of a SAR3.5bn sukuk. Craig Nethercott, who divides his time between London and Dubai, is another notable name, as is Basil Al-Jafari, who was recently promoted to counsel. Nethercott worked with Raja on several issuances of Saudi Arabian sovereign notes. One notable restructuring highlight is that of the Dana Gas sukuk, replacing the existing one, which is subject to high-profile litigation, with a new one using a more Islamically-conservative wakala structure.

Leading individuals

Nomaan Raja - Latham & Watkins LLP

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 4

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At Latham & Watkins LLP, Christopher Lester handles work for key institutional investors from the region, including deals crossing over into Saudi Arabia. Villiers Terblanche also has a track record of handling medical-related deals, frequently with infrastructure elements. Eyad Latif is a key associate. Sami Al-Louzi is now at White & Case LLP.

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Energy and infrastructure
Energy and infrastructure - ranked: tier 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP' Villiers Terblanche advises Harbin Electric as a member of a consortium that has preferred bidder status for the Hassayan coal-fired power station project. Counsel Derek McKinley is assisting a consortium of sponsors with creating a waste-to-energy plant in Kuwait, the first in the country to be created via a public-private partnership.

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Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 1

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At Latham & Watkins LLP, Nomaan Raja advises Dana Gas on restructuring its sukuk programme, creating one with a wakala structure to replace a previous one that spawned litigation in several jurisdictions over its validity. He also advised Standard Chartered among other investment banks on Noor Bank's $500m sukuk issuance. On the lending side, Harj Rai and Craig Nethercott advised a syndicate of banks including Al Rajhi Bank on a loan to Zain Saudi Arabia.

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TMT - ranked: tier 3

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The technology transactions group at Latham & Watkins LLP¬†is ‚Äėvery strong in fintech‚Äô ‚ÄĒ it also shines in the government, start-up, healthcare and retail sectors. Brian Meenagh¬†(‚Äėwell respected in the market‚Äô) counts¬†Emirates Digital Wallet,¬† and¬†VentureSouq as clients.

Leading individuals

Brian Meenagh - Latham & Watkins LLP

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