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Ayman A Khaleq

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Finance / Structured Transactions / Investment Funds / Capital Markets


Ayman, managing partner of the firm's Dubai office, advises clients on cross-border structured finance, debt capital markets, and private placement transactions, and on the structuring and formation of private investment funds. In particular, he helps regional and international clients address the structural and documentation requirements associated with Islamic finance and investment products having advised, for example, on the first corporate Sukuk offerings out of the United States, Germany, Luxembourg, and Oman. Ayman also acts for a wide range of international clients on matters relating to doing business in the broader Middle East region. His clients range from energy, infrastructure, and healthcare companies, to those in the education, telecommunications, media, and technology. For more information, view Ayman's biography at


Arabic and English.


George Washington University Law School, 1994, LL.M., Cum Laude; University of Jordan Faculty of Law, 1993, LL.B., Highest Honors.

United Arab Emirates

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

At Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Victoria Mesquita Wlazlo advised Al Ahli Holding Group on an AED 1.25bn shari'ah-compliant project finance deal, structured as a wakala and an instisna, for the expansion of the Dubai Outlet Mall among other purposes. She also also assisted Abour Energy Company with the Islamic financing of a 50MW wind farm in Jordan's Tafilah Governorate. Bank-side work includes advising Dubai Islamic Bank on an AED378m fleet of Islamic facilities to Reem Integrated Healthcare Holdings. Ayman Khaleq is also a key contact; his varied practice includes restructuring work.

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Capital markets

Within: Capital markets

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP's Ayman Khaleq advised TVM on a tender offer for the purchase of an Egyptian-listed company. Other highlights concern the private placement of notes, and shares, as well as sukuks, many of them involving Channel Island structures. Philip Dowsett is now with Dechert LLP.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is 'impressive - clients have a genuine trust-based relationship and partnership with the firm'. Ayman Khaleq is 'the go-to guy: he is very business minded and provides great legal advice'; he advised the founders of VPS Healthcare on purchasing a controlling interest in Amanat Holdings. The team assisted Hedi Mlouka, the owner of Frontier Investment Management, with the sale of 50% of the business to EFG Hermes. Wamda MENA Ventures is a repeat client for venture capital investments. Other clients include FWU, which the firm advised on purchasing a Pakistani business. Philip Dowsett is now with Dechert LLP.

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Investment funds

Within: Investment funds

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP 'knows its stuff and works well as a team'. 'Great relationship builder' Ayman Khaleq 'possesses great knowledge of fund structuring that makes matters efficient'; he advised NBK Capital Partners on forming a shari'ah-compliant real estate fund. Separately, he assisted Greenstone Equity Partners with securing a new licence to act as a placement agent. The group advised Sico Trucial on creating a new fund investing in American real estate assets. Other areas of work include advice to sovereign wealth funds on their LP commitments. Philip Dowsett joined Dechert LLP.

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Islamic finance

Within: Islamic finance

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP's Victoria Mesquita Wlazlo advised Al Ahli Holding Group on the project financing of an expansion of Dubai Outlet Mall. Ayman Khaleq has, among other matters, expertise in shari'ah-compliant aviation and project finance as well as investment funds.

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