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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
United Arab Emirates

Investment funds Tier 1

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. The group 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. Philip Dowsett joined Dechert LLP.

Islamic finance Tier 2

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.

Banking and finance Tier 4

At Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLPVictoria 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.

Capital markets Tier 4

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP's 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. Philip Dowsett is now with Dechert LLP.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

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. The team 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. Philip Dowsett is now with Dechert LLP. Chadi Salloum was a new arrival from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in 2019.

Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation Tier 5

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.

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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