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Amjad Hussain

Partner
+974.4424.6119
Fax +974.4.424.6101
Mr. Hussain is a partner in the firm’s Doha office. He focuses his practice on finance, corporate and commercial matters with particular emphasis on banking and Islamic finance.

Since 2002, Mr. Hussain has worked for clients in the Arabian Gulf across a range of sectors including financial services, TMT and infrastructure. He advises government and private sector clients based within and outside the Middle East on matters of English, Qatar and Qatar Financial Centre laws

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Hussain practiced in the UK for a number of years before joining the Dubai office of an international law firm in 2002, where he worked for 3 years before returning to the UK for 2 years.

From 2007 until 2012, he practiced as a partner with an international law firm in its Doha office, which he managed. He assisted that firm with entering the Saudi market and supervised that firm’s Saudi cooperation arrangement.

Mr. Hussain joined K&L Gates’ Doha office in 2012. He is rated by a number of independent legal sector directories as a leading lawyer in Qatar.

Achievements

  • The Sir Basil Blackwell Prize (1995)
  • The David Howarth Memorial Prize (1996)
  • The Sweet and Maxwell Prize (1997)

Speaking Engagements

  • Annual Banking and Islamic Finance Forums, Doha, 2007-2011 (Chair)
  • The International Islamic Finance Conference 2013 UAE (Panel Speaker)
  • In-house Counsel Forum, Doha, 2011 (Chair)

Additional Information

Mr. Hussain wrote for Global Finance Magazine in 2011and was a Qatar correspondent for  Islamic Finance News in 2010 and 2011.  He has also had media comments in Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Law Society Gazette, Arabian Business, Arab News, MEED, Reuters, BBC World, Gulf Times, Islamic Finance News, and Lexis Nexis.
Financing
  • US$27 billion Gulf-based island development – advising developer
  • 40km Qatar-Bahrain Friendship Bridge – advising a consortium member
  • Advising a leading Saudi based family office in connection with a SAR3.5 billion real estate development project
  • US$450 million subsea fibre optic cable network – advising project company
  • US$1.5 billion real estate financing – advising leading leisure developer
  • Advising a leading family office in connection with QAR1.2 billion Shari’ah and conventional syndicated facility
  • US$600 million Shari’ah compliant corporate financing – advising national developer
  • QAR1 billion Shari’ah compliant corporate financing – advising global financial institution
  • QAR350 million Shari’ah compliant real estate development financing - advising developer of the premier luxury project in Doha
  • Advising a Qatar Exchange listed entity in connection with a dual currency US$106.7 million syndicated murabaha facility in connection with a housing project
  • US$500 million Shari’ah compliant equity fund – advising GP
  • US$200 million Shari’ah compliant film fund – advising GP
  • US$500 million Shari’ah compliant private placement – advising underwriter
  • US$350 million Shari’ah compliant private placement – advising company
  • US$125 million Shari’ah compliant telecoms infrastructure financing – advising project company
  • SAR350 million Shari’ah compliant satellite acquisition financing – advising global financial institution.
  • US$105 million Shari’ah compliant vessel acquisition financing - advising global financial institution.
  • US$200 million Shari’ah compliant project financing in the renewables sector - advising financial institution.
  • US$865 million Shari’ah compliant cross border development financing - advising financial institution.
  • US$1+ billion project financing for a water desalination project - advising sponsor

Capital markets
  • AED600 million DIFX-listed sukuk issuance – advising issuer
  • US$215 million LSE-listed sukuk issuance – advising issuer
  • SAR650 million IPO on Tadawul (KSA) – advising issuer
  • US$110 million IPO on Tadawul (KSA) – advising underwriter
  • SAR490 million IPO on Tadawul (KSA) – advising underwriter
  • Advising fund manager in connection with an Exchange Traded Fund for the Qatar Stock Exchange
  • Advising fund manager in connection with the first Shari’ah compliant Exchange Traded Fund for the Qatar Stock Exchange

Corporate
  • Bid for Liverpool FC – acting for bidder
  • Barwa Bank acquisition of Alyusr Islamic – advising buyer (award winning)
  • Al Meera Holding Group acquisition of Giant Stores and Al Safeer supermarkets stores in Oman – advising buyer
  • Advising a significant Qatar based corporate in respect of sale of hospitality assets in Qatar
  • Advising a leading Qatari family office in connection with a series of private placements
  • Advising a leading Qatari family office in connection with group restructuring
  • Advising a GCC telecommunications company in respect of a strategic acquisition in Qatar
  • Advising a leading developer in connection with sale of units in Shari’ah complaints fund
  • Acquisition of currency exchange business in India – advising buyer
  • Bid of Islamic bank in Pakistan – advising buyer
  • Shard of Glass of London - advising investors in connection with the tallest building in Europe development
  • Joint venture - advising a UK bank in connection with JV with an insurance services provider
  • Joint venture – advising a Gulf based government related entity in connection with international joint venture arrangements

Regulatory
  • Advising a regional government agency on the preparation and drafting of the legal and regulatory framework to establish economic zones in the Middle East, including conducting a legal benchmarking comparative study of regional and international economic zones
  • Advising on amendments to the establishing law and constitutional documents of a major government related entity in the Middle East
  • Advising in connection with laws and regulations to be promulgated or amended by a number of economic zone authorities in the Middle East
  • Providing consultation on amendments to various laws in the Gulf region
  • Qatar Financial Centre – advising numerous international financial institutions on compliance with QFC laws and regulations
  • Islamic finance – preparing suite of Shari’ah compliant corporate finance documents for a number of Islamic banks
  • Product development – advising a leading UK financial institution in connection with award winning Shari’ah compliant home purchase product
  • Advising a payment processing entity in connection with licensing in the QFC
  • Advising two regional financial institutions in connection with US Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings of Arcapita