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Banking & Finance

Asset Financing • Banking Litigation & Enforcement • Banking Regulation • Derivatives • Investment Funds • Incorporation and Licensing • Islamic Finance • Project Finance • Real Estate Financing • Trade Financing

Key Contacts

  • Husam Hourani, Managing Partner, Regional Head of Banking & Finance view profile
  • Lynette Brown, Partner & Head of Banking & Finance, UAE
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  • Jody Glenn Waugh, Partner view profile

Overview

We are renowned for our leading position in the Middle East’s banking and finance sector. The extensive and region-specific experience harnessed in this Practice offers our clients comprehensive advice on all aspects of structuring, negotiating and documenting financial transactions. We represent local and international banks and financial institutions advising on both their conventional and Islamic arrangements.

Our team of lawyers is well positioned to provide advice across a complete set of banking and finance legal services.

Our Expertise

The Banking and Finance Practice is experienced and leads regional activity in a wide-ranging suite of services, including:

  • Islamic Finance

    Acting for a majority of the Islamic finance institutions operating in the Middle East, we advise on requirements ranging from establishment and licensing through to structuring and documentation.

  • Banking Litigation and Enforcement

    Al Tamimi & Company’s expertise is at the forefront of banking litigation and enforcement in the region; a reputation we secure through obtaining regular judgments for the enforcement of corporate and retail finance documents and related securities.

  • Derivatives

    Our lawyers offer specialist advice relating to ISDA documentation and its enforceability. Our activity in this area also extends to assisting banks in the development of Shariah compliant hedging products.

  • Investment Funds and Structures

    We provide counsel to various regional investment funds and our experience includes establishing the first Real Estate Investment Trust in the DIFC.

  • Ship, Aircraft and Asset Financing

    Guidance on vessel, aircraft and other large equipment and plant acquisition financing is a well established area within the Practice.

  • Real Estate Financing

    Our work in the regional real estate development finance space is varied and we have facilitated milestone deals involving many of the most high profile hotels, shopping and leisure centres here.

  • Trade and Export Financing

    The team offer support on an extensive range of trade finance credit facilities and structures.

  • Project Finance

    We regularly play a key role in the financing of flagship projects and infrastructure within the Middle East.

  • Incorporation and Licensing of Financial Institutions

    Experience in this important area of the Practice’s proficiency includes assistance in the conversion of conventional to Islamic banking structures and the establishment and licensing of a number of financial institutions, both in the UAE and the DIFC. We also a have strong practice advising financial centres on developing Islamic finance hubs.

  • Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Compliance training
    We offer practical, electronic AML training solutions that meet both the requirements of the Federal and DFSA’s laws. Our compliance training is unique as it is exceptionally clear, concise and designed to be of practical use. We aim to make compliance and regulation easy and accessible so that you fully understand what tasks you are required to do on which dates and how to do those tasks.

  • Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Compliance Consultancy 

    We are the only regional law firm offering dedicated AML and compliance consultancy services. There is a considerable amount of specific AML and compliance related questions, projects and considerations that arise post-authorisation which firms ask for assistance with. We frequently advise on DFSA regulatory inspections, how to satisfy compliance with DFSA laws and provide updates on policies and procedures to reflect changing legal and business requirements. We advise on both DIFC and onshore compliance and AML matters.

    Our Regulatory Updates provide guidance on how to tackle core areas of compliance.
    Click here for our first Regulatory Update on Conduct Risk.
    Click here for our 2nd Regulatory Update on how to prepare for a DFSA Risk Assessment.