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Dechert LLP

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Camille Abousleiman

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Dechert LLP

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 Mr. Abousleiman has a 30-year track record of advising on some of the most innovative and complex emerging market transactions. He advises sovereign, quasi-sovereign, corporate and bank issuers, underwriters and other transaction participants on a wide variety of debt and equity offerings, including medium-term note programmes, Eurobonds, Islamic financing, private placements, block trades and initial public offerings. 

In addition, Mr. Abousleiman advises corporate, banking and hedge fund clients on a range of M&A transactions, including divestitures, auctions, tender offers, defensive strategies, going-private transactions and leveraged buy-outs. 

Mr. Abousleiman’s experience also includes advising clients on complex sovereign and corporate international debt restructurings, consent solicitations and exchange offers across the emerging markets. 


Partner 2012.


Arabic; English; French.


Saint Joseph University Faculty of Law and Political Science (1980 JD); Havard Law School (1981 LLM); The Fletcher School, Tufts University (1982 MA).

London: Corporate and commercial

Equity capital markets

Within: Equity capital markets

The team at Dechert LLP has excellent cross-border capabilities, and acts on a range of equity capital markets matters. Patrick Lyons, who speaks French and Arabic, is the practice's US-qualified expert; he acted for Raya Contact Centre on a share offering on the Egyptian Exchange, and assisted Ferrexpo with a £150m share-sale via accelerated book-build. He also advised one French biotech company on a US private placement. Allenby Capital and Investec Bank are additional clients. Noted for his experience in the Middle East and North Africa, Camille Abousleiman heads the department jointly with Douglas Getter; Sean Geraghty is also recommended.

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London: Finance

Corporate restructuring and insolvency

Within: Corporate restructuring and insolvency

Headed by Paul Fleming, Dechert LLP's four-partner multi-disciplinary team has a particular focus advising bondholders (where the team is able to tap into the firm's vast fund client base) on 'complex international insolvency matters involving litigation in numerous jurisdictions'. 'A masterful strategist on complex litigation', Adam Silver 'grasps both the detail and bigger picture'; he continues to act for emerging markets hedge fund, Argentum Creek Partners, on challenging the restructuring of notes issued by the Berau Coal group. Leveraging their significant debt capital markets knowledge, in particular, Camille Abousleiman and the 'excellent' Giles Belsey are also regularly engaged in restructuring mandates.

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Debt capital markets

Within: Leading individuals

Camille Abousleiman - Dechert LLP

Within: Debt capital markets

Dechert LLP handles the full range of international debt and equity transactions from its London office, which also handles liability management exercises. Its client roster is diverse and includes global investment banks, financial institutions and a wide range of issuers including sovereigns, quasi-sovereigns, corporates and investment funds. The practice is best known for its work in emerging markets, which has extensive experience in the Middle East and North Africa, the Mediterranean basin, Central and Eastern Europe, the CIS and Caucasus regions, and Central Asia. This focus on developing markets sees the practice handle highly innovative and first-of-kind transactions. 2017 highlights included acting for lead managers Barclays, Byblos Bank, JPMorgan and Société Générale de Banque au Liban on the Lebanese Republic's $3bn triple-tranche bond issuance under its $28bn GMTN programme, which represented the country's largest-ever sovereign bond issue. Camille Abousleiman, who has more than 25 years' experience in the market, led that deal with the support of US-qualified partner Patrick Lyons. They also advised the Kingdom of Bahrain on its $3bn combined issuance. Associate Jennifer Rees is a rising star and played a key role in both deals. Sarah Smith, who specialises in public and privately-placed structured finance transactions, joined from Akin Gump LLP in April 2019.

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Emerging markets

Within: Leading individuals

Camille Abousleiman - Dechert LLP

Within: Emerging markets

Dechert LLP 'gets top marks for its response times, the engagement of the specialists and its industry knowledge'.The firm has a strong reputation in capital markets deals in emerging markets across the Middle East, North Africa, the Mediterranean basin, Central and Eastern Europe, the CIS and Central Asia. It handles the full range debt and equity transactions and has both English and US law capability in London, which sees it play a key role in public and private Rule 144a/Regulation S issuances. including high yield bonds. Camille Abousleiman, who is co-head of the corporate and securities group, is recognised as a leading light in emerging markets sovereign and quasi-sovereign debt deals. He recently advised Barclays , Byblos Bank, JPMorgan and Société Générale de Banque au Liban as joint lead managers and bookrunners on a $3bn triple-tranche bond offering by the Lebanese Republic. US securities partner Patrick Lyons 'can always find the most suitable and loss-saving option' and played a key role in that deal. The practice also acted for the Kingdom of Bahrain in its $3bn combined issuance of bonds and trust certificates, which is the country's largest-ever syndicated debt deal. In another $3bn offering, the practice acted for the Arab Republic of Egypt in a multi-tranche bond issue under its GMTN programme.

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