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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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United Arab Emirates

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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
Capital markets - ranked: tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP's Philip Dowsett and 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.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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. Philip Dowsett, who is 'fast, bright, knowledgeable of commercial matters and makes things happen', 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.

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Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation
Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation - ranked: tier 5

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP's Rebecca Kelly advises on fraud cases and internal investigations. Clients come from sectors including fast-moving consumer goods, construction and energy.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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. Philip Dowsett 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.

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Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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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