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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
United Arab Emirates

Investment fund formation and management Tier 1

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP's expertise spans the full life cycle of all types of regional and international funds, including private equity, leveraged buyout, venture capital, mezzanine, real estate, hedge, distressed debt and sovereign wealth funds. However, the team strengthened its investment funds and management practice through the hire of a significant team in Abu Dhabi and Washington DC in February 2019 from Squire Patton Boggs. William Nash is now the managing partner of the Abu Dhabi office, where Alishia Sullivan is also based. Ayman Khaleq is the name to note in Dubai. Philip Dowsett joined Dechert LLP in 2019.

Key clients

NBK Capital Partners

VPS Healthcare

SICO Trucial US Real Estate Fund GP

Goldilocks Investment Co. Ltd.

TVM Capital Healthcare Partners Limited

Yield Investments

Greenstone Equity Partners

Wamda Capital

StonePine Capital Partners Limited

Wafra Capital

American Infrastructure MLP

KAMCO Investments (DIFC) Limited

Liwa Capital Advisors Ltd.

Dispute resolution: compliance and investigations Tier 2

At Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Australian-qualified Rebecca Kelly works with the firm's UK and US teams for clients in sectors such as construction and energy on investigations by bodies such as the Serious Fraud Office, Department of Justice, and Securities and Exchange Commission.

Banking and finance: Corporate finance (including Islamic lending) Tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP maintains a varied finance practice; areas of strength include multi-sourced financings and cross-border Islamic finance transactions. In a cross-border deal involving Egypt, the Netherlands, Bahrain and the UAE, the team advised Alameda International Financial Business on a secured shari’ah-compliant acquisition financing, with financing provided by First Energy Bank. Project finance also features in the team's workload. Victoria Mesquita Wlazlo and Ayman Khaleq are the key partners; associate Amanjit Fagura has experience in finance and debt capital markets transactions.

Key clients

Al Futtaim Investment Management Limited

Al Ahli Holding Group

Dubai Islamic Bank

Emirates Islamic Bank PJSC (UAE) and Khaleeji Commercial Bank (Bahrain)


Fly Dubai

Gulf Capital

A major aircraft leasing company

Islamic Corporation for the Development in the Private Sector (ICD)

Mashreqbank PSC

NBK Capital Partners

Noor Bank

Warba Bank

Arden Group

Capital markets Tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP's Ayman Khaleq specialises in structured finance and debt capital markets transactions, with a particular focus on Islamic finance and sukuk offerings. Victoria Mesquita Wlazlo is another key member of the team.

Key clients

American Infrastructure MLP


Abu Dhabi Financial Group (ADFG)

TVM Capital Healthcare Partners

Greenstone Equity Partners

VPS Healthcare

Arden Group

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP enhanced its corporate and M&A offering with the hire of Chadi Salloum from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, and Mark Gilligan and Jay Gladis from Squire Patton Boggs in 2019. The team advises buyers, sellers, investors, investment and commercial banks, private equity firms and venture capital firms, with particular strengths in the healthcare, automotive and defence sectors.


I have found ML to have a broad array of lawyers who can help us as clients across a spectrum of legal issues.

‘I would have to commend Mark Gilligan for his tremendous interpersonal skills. He takes the time to really understand our requirements.

Mark Gilligan is a straight talker and will give his professional opinion which is what you want from your lawyer.

Key clients

Frontier Investment Management Partners

Global Petro Storage GPS Singapore Pte Limited

Choueiri Group

StonePine Capital Partners

Wamda Capital/Wamda MENA Ventures

STC Ventures

Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation Tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP's Rebecca Kelly handles a range of commercial disputes, many of which involving fraud allegations or issues of asset tracing.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and business transactions Ayman Khaleq
Banking and finance Ayman Khaleq
Banking and finance Victoria Mesquita Wlazlo
Arbitration and litigation Rebecca Kelly
Corporate and regulatory compliance Rebecca Kelly
Labour and employment Rebecca Kelly
Islamic finance Ayman Khaleq
Private investment funds Ayman Khaleq
Private equity Ayman Khaleq
Technology, media and telecommunications Ayman Khaleq
White-collar crime and investigations Rebecca Kelly
Energy transactions Ayman Khaleq
Occupational safety and health Rebecca Kelly
Islamic finance Victoria Mesquita Wlazlo
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Amanjit K Fagura  photo Ms Amanjit K Fagura
Ms Rebecca Kelly  photo Ms Rebecca Kelly
Mr Ayman A Khaleq  photo Mr Ayman A Khaleq
Ms Victoria Mesquita Wlazlo  photo Ms Victoria Mesquita Wlazlo
Number of lawyers : 1,960
at this office : 12
Contact : Ayman Khaleq (managing partner)
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