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UAE: Winston & Strawn hires new partner in Dubai

Winston & Strawn has appointed Shibeer Ahmed as partner and head of banking and Islamic finance in Dubai

Shibeer Ahmed (above) has joined Winston & Strawn as partner and head of banking and Islamic finance in Dubai, UAE.
Shibeer Ahmed (above) has joined Winston & Strawn as partner and head of banking and Islamic finance in Dubai, UAE.

Winston & Strawn has appointed a new partner in the UAE.

Shibeer Ahmed will join the legal firm’s Dubai office as partner and head of banking and Islamic finance.

In his most recent role, Ahmed headed White & Case’s GCC conventional and Islamic bank finance practice.

Commenting on Ahmed’s appointment, Campbell Steedman, managing partner for Winston & Strawn in the Middle East, said: “With the addition of Shibeer to the team, we continue to focus on [the] strategic growth of our key practice areas and markets.

“We are excited by Shibeer’s arrival, which continues the momentum we have already experienced in growing our Dubai office, together with the firm’s Corporate Department and Project Finance Practice in the UAE.”

Dominick DeChiara, chair of Winston & Strawn’s corporate department, added: “In addition to his general finance capability, Shibeer is one of the world’s leading Islamic finance practitioners.

“His wide expertise in the Middle East, Turkey, and African region will add significant value to the firm as we continue to expand on the strong business connections between London and Dubai to better serve our clients.”

During the past decade, Ahmed has advised clients on financing transactions in Europe, the Middle East, Turkey, Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries, Southeast Asia, and Africa.

With specialties including project finance, Islamic finance, and conventional finance, Ahmed has a proven track record of guiding clients through highly complex finance-related proceedings.

Ahmed has also advised a selection of financial institutions, including commercial banks, export credit agencies, and development finance institutions. Topics covered include multi-sourced project and Islamic financings, and sukuk issues.

Winston & Strawn has 18 offices across North America, Asia, and Europe.

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