Ms Riza Ismail > Al Alawi & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants > Muscat, Oman > Lawyer Profile
Al Alawi & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants Offices
AL ALAWI LAW FIRM BUILDING, BUILDING NO 785, WAY NO2708, QURUM 29
PO BOX 3746, PC 112
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Ms Riza Ismail
Banking and Finance
Riza has spent over 15 years practicing in prestigious law firms in Australia, Malaysia, Kuwait and Sultanate of Oman.
She specializes in banking and finance, with particular emphasis on Islamic finance, capital market (local and international bond and Sukuk issuances), project finance, corporate banking (bilateral and syndicated loans) and investment funds. She was recently involved and responsible for the successful closing of major and landmark transactions in Sultanate of Oman including Islamic financial transactions (among others, the debut Oman sovereign Sukuk issue, the first dual-currency Sukuk issuance under the new Oman Sukuk Regulation and establishment of the first retails Sukuk programme and issuance of its first series Sukuk by Bank Muscat S.A.O.G.) and project finance transactions (among others, Ibri/Sohar 3 independent power project, Salalah II independent power project and Phase 2 Expansion project in Barka).
Riza was named as a “Next Generation Lawyer” and described as “highly recommended” by Legal500 EMEA 2018 and listed in the Chambers & Partners Guide to the Legal Profession (Chambers) in 2018 as an “Associate to Watch” for Islamic finance and capital markets. She has also been consistently cited by Chambers (2016 and 2017), Legal500 EMEA-Oman (consecutively for the years 2014-2017), Legal500 EMEA-Kuwait (2012) in the areas of banking and finance, project finance and Islamic finance.
Riza is a frequent contributor to Islamic finance articles to major finance and law publications such as the Islamic Finance News and International Financial Law Review.
English and Bahasa Melayu (Malay)
Riza received her Bachelor of Accounting Degree with a merit from University of New South Wales (Sydney) in 1995, as well as her Bachelor of Law Degree from New South Wales (Sydney) in 1997 and holds a Diploma in Sharia Law & Practice from International Islamic University (Malaysia) in 2003.
Al Alawi & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants advises on the procurement and construction of large-scale projects, as well as related investment transactions. The team has extensive experience of the real estate and construction arena, with founder and senior partner Ali Khamis Al Alawi having previously held the position of Head of the Land Registry Office. Sahil Taneja leads the team. Riza Ismail is another key contact.
Al Alawi & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants‘ projects and energy practice spans the range of matters in this area, including project finance, procurement and commercial matters, such as energy supply contracts. The team’s clients include a number of Omani state-owned entities, as well as Omani and international banks. Corporate partner Sahil Taneja leads the practice. Riza Ismail advises on both conventional and Islamic financing of projects.
Al Alawi & Co. Advocates & Legal Consultants is noted by clients for its strength in Islamic banking. Its work in this area includes handling shari’ah-compliant financing transactions, as well as advising financial institutions on the development of Islamic banking products. The key figure to note is Riza Ismail, who is praised by clients as ‘exceptional’ and ‘absolutely great’. Ismail leads the banking and finance team, which sits within the broader corporate group led by Sahil Taneja.