CC boosts Dubai Islamic finance function

Clifford Chance has transferred another senior lawyer to its Dubai office as it expands its Islamic finance practice in the Gulf region.

Senior associate Qudeer Latif follows structured finance partner Debashis Dey, who will also move to Dubai with a team of two associates in May.

Qudeer has extensive experience in structured and project finance with particular expertise in Islamic finance.

The finance and banking practice group of Clifford Chance Dubai is led by partners Robin Abraham and Malcolm Turner.

During the last two years the firm worked on the $2.35 billion Islamic financing for Etihad-Etislat (and its recent refinancing), the $3.5 billion sukuk for Dubai Ports and Free Zone Corporation (PCFC), the $600 million Islamic tranche of the US$5.8 billion
debt financing for Rabigh Refinery and Petrochemical Company among others.

Qudeer advised on the PCFC and Rabigh deals whilst based in the London office, and worked closely with his colleagues in Dubai on both transactions.