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Baker & McKenzie Limited acts for banks, corporate borrowers and government bodies in a broad range of Islamic finance transactions. Julie Alexander and Nick Church advised Bahrain Islamic Bank and Arab Bank on the provision of an Islamic project finance facility for the development of a housing project. In addition, Bilal Kahlon is assisting Takween Advanced Industries with the restructuring of an existing SAR1.3bn murabaha facility for its acquisition of Savola Packaging Systems. Ian Siddell heads the practice.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP has expertise in real estate and M&A finance and restructuring in the context of Islamic banking, where it regularly advises on murabaha and sukuk structures. Elias Moubarak advised Bank ABC on the provision of a $101m shari'ah-compliant facility to Bahrain Islamic Bank, which involved drafting the principal documentation and liaising with the shari'ah supervisory boards of the syndicate of financiers. Also recommended is Salman Ahmed, who heads the practice group.

Norton Rose Fulbright advises on the transactional and regulatory aspects of shari'ah-compliant financing transactions including trade finance, asset finance and real estate and projects finance. The practice is headed by Mohammed Paracha.

Zu'bi & Partners, Attorneys & Legal Consultants specialises in structuring, documenting and negotiating shari'ah-compliant transactions, including sukuk issuances, project finance and Islamic fund structuring. Qays H Zu’bi and Naveen Thakur acted for Ahli United Bank in relation to the restructuring of a $117m commodity murabaha facility with Ithmaar Bank. The team is also advising Al Baraka Banking Group on the Bahraini marketing and distribution aspects of a $400m issuance of shari'ah-compliant capital certificates.

ASAR – Al Ruwayeh & Partners is headed by Steven Brown, who acted for sukuk certificate holders in relation to a default by the guarantor of a Bahrain-issued sukuk, and also advised Standard Chartered Bank and Mashreqbank on the provision of conventional and Islamic facitilties in connection with the leveraged expansion of Hassan Mohamed Jawad & Sons throughout the GCC.

Hassan Radhi & Associates advises Islamic banks including Al Salam Bank and Dubai Islamic Bank, as well as the Islamic banking arm of Ahli United Bank, on various financial regulatory matters. Key figures include Noora Mohammed Janahi and practice head Noor Hassan Radhi.

Haya Rashed Al Khalifa Attorneys at Law & Legal Consultants has experience of shari'ah-compliant restructurings, sukuk issuances and the establishment of Islamic investment funds. Ronald Langat advised an investment bank on a SAR200m sukuk issuance. Rashid Bo-Ghammar and Elie Yazbeck are also contacts in the finance practice.

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