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Baker & McKenzie Limited

AL FARDAN OFFICE TOWER, 8TH FLOOR, AL FUNDUQ 61, PO BOX 31316, DOHA, QATAR
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Work +974 4410 1817
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Fax +974 4410 1500
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Ian Siddell

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Work +974 4410 1517 or +973 1710 2000
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Bahrain

Banking and finance

Within: Leading individuals

Ian Siddell - Baker & McKenzie Limited

Within: Banking and finance

Baker & McKenzie Limited is regularly involved in project finance mandates, debt restructuring and refinancing, and debt capital markets transactions. The practice is headed by Ian Siddell, who is acting for Al Rajhi Banking and Investment Corporation, as majority sukuk certificate holder, in relation to the development of Villamar @ The Harbour, a luxury residential complex at the Bahrain Financial Harbour. Julie Alexander provides ongoing advice to Arab Banking Corporation in relation to the structuring and documentation of a range of Islamic and conventional loan arrangements for its customers in Bahrain and abroad. On the borrower side, Bilal Kahlon advised Sulb Company on a $50m working capital facility provided by Arab Banking Corporation.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Baker & McKenzie Limited has experience of capital markets and M&A transactions, joint venture agreements and corporate reorganisations. Key figures in the team include practice head George Sayen and Ian Siddell, the latter of whom assisted Aergen Management Services with the purchase of two aircraft. Also recommended are Gavin Witcombe, who is particularly active in the energy and infrastructure space, and David A. Monnier, who advised a multinational transportation company on various licensing and operational requirements for foreign companies doing business in Bahrain.

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Islamic finance

Within: Leading individuals

Ian Siddell - Baker & McKenzie Limited

Within: Islamic finance

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.

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Projects and energy

Within: Leading individuals

Ian Siddell - Baker & McKenzie Limited

Within: Projects and energy

Baker & McKenzie Limited advises on project finance, commercial and development contracts and operational issues in relation to a range of energy and infrastructure projects. Nick Church and Julie Alexander advised Arab Bank on the provision of financing for various wind and solar projects, and practice head Ian Siddell is acting for Arab Banking Corporation in relation to the financing for the development of a copper tubing manufacturing facility.

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Qatar

Foreign firms

Within: Foreign firms

Baker & McKenzie Limited has considerable experience of real estate transactions and construction development mandates, and also advises on a wide range of conventional and Islamic financing transactions including project finance, aircraft finance and acquisition finance. Basel Barakat is acting for Saudi Binladin Group, a joint venture partner in the QD-SBG JV, in relation to the development of the Khalifa Avenue master plan. Similarly, Gavin Witcombe advised a consortium comprising Saudi Binladin Group, Porr Bau and Hamad bin Khalid Contracting on certain commercial and construction aspects of the $2.4bn Doha underground project. Also recommended is practice head Ian Siddell, who advises on the development of energy projects, and Mohsin Iqbal, who joined from Latham & Watkins LLP in October 2017.

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Saudi Arabia

Banking and finance

Within: Leading individuals

Ian Siddell - Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited

Within: Banking and finance

Leveraging its ‘finely tuned organisational skills and superior knowledge of Saudi law’, Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited has expertise across a range of project finance, Islamic finance, securitisation and receivables financing and debt capital markets transactions. One client noted the team's ‘ability to see the big picture while still not losing sight of detail’, while others rate the firm for its ‘cohesion', its 'flair and persuasiveness' and its 'commercial sense’. Practice head Ian Siddell advised Ma’aden Aluminium Company and Saudi Arabian Mining Company, as borrower, on the $1.8bn amortising syndicated facilities made available to refinance its existing commercial and project finance debts through Islamic and conventional banking methods. Also recommended are Julie Alexander and Bilal Kahlon, the latter of whom is acting for HSBC Saudi Arabia and Banque Saudi Fransi in relation to the provision of a $199m murabahah-based syndicated facility to Hafil Transport Company.

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Capital markets

Within: Capital markets

Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited is especially active in the equity capital markets space, where it advises issuers and underwriters and is regularly instructed in major regional IPOs. Karim Nassar and Robert Eastwood are acting for Samba Capital, as underwriter, in relation to Leejam Sports Company's IPO of 30% share capital. On the issuer side, Bilal Kahlon assisted Saudi Investment Bank with the establishment of its capital sukuk programme and subsequently advised the client on a SAR1bn sukuk issuance. Ian Siddell is another key figure in the team.

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Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited is especially active in the project finance space where it advises bank lenders, and corporates in mining, infrastructure, energy and petrochemicals projects. The firm acted as a legal counsel for Ma’aden in relation to the SAR4.2bn amortizing syndicated unsecured facilities made available to refinance its existing project finance debt. Additionally, Basel Barakat is advising Saudi Binladin Group on the SAR7bn multi-open Islamic facilities provided by a syndicate of banks to finance the construction of an infrastructure project. Ian Siddell and George Sayen are also recommended.

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    For decades, the primary Turkish laws governing leases of residential and business premises have been the Law on Leasing Real Property dated May 27, 1955 (the “Lease Law”) and the Turkish Code of Obligations No. 818 dated April 22, 1926 (the “Obligations Code”). Both of these laws, however, will be repealed and replaced with the new Turkish Code of Obligations No. 6098 dated January 11, 2011 (the “New Obligations Code”), which will enter into force on July 7, 2012.
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