Associate – Banking & Finance

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Job Description

Our dedicated MENA banking and finance practice represents banks,
investment banks, financial institutions and corporate clients in a
wide range of financing transactions, drawing on expertise from our
corporate, real estate, construction and insurance practice groups.
The practice is particularly well regarded for its market leading
Islamic Finance expertise and its ability to advise on complex
cross-border finance transactions.
We have a unique practice that covers conventional, Islamic and asset
finance capabilities together with treasury and investment product
expertise. Our finance offering is complimented by a team of
specialist debt capital markets experts and we regularly advise on
bonds and sukuk. Our experts dovetail seamlessly as a practice group
to provide full service capabilities to clients within this space.
We have resource, based on the ground, who specialise in finance
matters across our offices in the UAE, Qatar, KSA and United Kingdom.
We advise on local law issues within the region without appointing
external counsel. As such we are very familiar with local and
international nuances when completing high value and complex transactions.
Key clients include regional and international financial
institutions, corporates, asset managers and regional conglomerates.
What the directories say
Adil Hussain. Leads the firm’s global Islamic finance
team. He is well respected for his experience in Shari’a-compliant
facilities and sukuk and has a significant track record handling
matters both in Saudi Arabia and the UAE. He is lauded by clients for his
“in-depth knowledge of local law issues and very practical
legal advice.” Chambers and Partners
Clients in this year’s Legal 500, referred to the Team as
“Understand client needs, always available, very
knowledgeable” and
“Adil Hussain is our go-to guy for Islamic finance”.
Adil Hussain “He has excellent knowledge and
experience in Islamic finance transactions. He is able to provide
Shari’a-compliant solutions and is respected by opposing counsel
as well as Shari’a scholars” Chambers Global 2018
Sources praise the firm for being
“very client-friendly” as well as “very
clear and precise in its advice.” Chambers and Partners
The Role
Our busy Banking and Finance practice that has a market leading
reputation in Islamic Finance are recruiting for lawyers at NQ – 4
year PQE levels to join the team, working alongside two partners to
manage a caseload of Islamic Finance and conventional finance matters.
This is an exciting opportunity with scope for personal and
professional development, which is suited to ambitious and motivated
candidates who have a particular interest in Islamic Finance. The
roles are open in the UAE, Saudi Arabia
(” KSA “) and the UK.
Key Responsibilities
The main responsibilities are as follows:
• Assisting regional and international banks, financial
institutions, customers and borrowers with a wide range of finance
• Having a good grasp of UAE, KSA and English law matters as applicable
• Advising clients on options for structuring Shariah compliant
transactions and products
• Participating in finance transactions from start to finish
• Assisting with the drafting of Islamic Finance agreements, loan
agreements, security documents and other related agreements
• Coordinating business development activities and strategies for
key clients and target clients to grow the practice further
Essential Skills & Experience
The ideal candidates will have:
• Qualified England & Wales lawyer
• A strong academic background, including a minimum of a 2:1 from a
reputable university
• A training contract and private practice experience gained at a
reputable international law firm
• Regional experience would be an advantage.In the absence of
regional experience, the candidates must demonstrate a genuine
desire and commitment to working on a variety of matters and across
different jurisdictions
• Experience in carrying out detailed and methodical legal research
using available resources
• Demonstrates an ability to interact confidently with clients and
develop business pro-actively
• Have a mature and flexible personality and is able to work well
within a team
• Be self-motivated and possesses a very pro-active attitude towards
completing jobs and developing business
Clyde & Co
Clyde & Co is a dynamic, rapidly expanding global law firm,
focused on providing legal services to clients across our core sectors
of insurance, transport, energy infrastructure, and trade.
Since 1933, the firm has come to reflect the increasingly diverse and
global face of business. Through our international network, we advise
businesses that are at the heart of worldwide commerce and trade, as
well as helping organisations who wish to enter and grow in new and
emerging markets. With over 2,500 legal professionals operating from
more than 50 offices and associated offices on six continents, we
advise corporations, financial institutions, private individuals, and
governments across a wide range of contentious and transactional matters.
We are proud that our firm has been recognised around the world for
its innovative approach to law, client-focused approach, and broad
expertise. We have been named Insurance Firm of the Year in multiple
regions over the past several years. For a full list of our most
recent awards, please see our website:
Clyde & Co, MEA and UK
Clyde & Co is a global law firm with 400 Partners, 2000 legal
professionals and 3600 staff in over 40 offices across six continents.
Its core global sectors position it at the heart of global trade and
commerce: insurance; marine, natural resources and energy; projects
and construction; aviation. Our vision is to be our clients first
choice for complex, multi-jurisdictional matters in our chosen sectors
by investing in our core practice areas in chosen locations, serving
an international client base and build a network of offices in key
trading zones. Our key focus is also to become the “go to”
firm in emerging markets, running ourselves professionally by
attracting and developing the best people.
With over 30 years’ experience in the region and the largest presence
of any international law firm, we pride ourselves on being able to
help clients recognise and overcome the challenges of doing business