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Bashir Ahmed

Bashir Ahmed

Afridi & Angell

Bashir advises clients on banking, cross-border transactions, general corporate and commercial, private equity, licensing and maritime matters. He has extensive experience advising international and domestic banks on a wide range of matters including loan and credit facilities, syndications and regulatory matters. He was seconded to the regional office of an international bank for 18 months, and acted as counsel for the Middle East and South Asia operations.

His maritime practice involves advising ship owners and P&I clubs, dry docks and a number of ship repair companies on shipbuilding contracts, arrest of vessels, cargo claims, as well as advising on disputes. He represents several banks on ship financing transactions.

Representative matters in which Bashir was involved include:

  • Advising Dubai Aluminium (Dubal) and Investment Corporation of Dubai with respect to Dubal's recent merger with the aluminium interests of Mubadala to form Emirates Global Aluminium, the fifth largest global aluminium company.
  • Acting as UAE counsel to Damac Real Estate Development plc on its IPO of depositary receipts on the London Stock Exchange, raising US$348 million. Prepared the due diligence report and advised on the IPO structuring.
  • Advising a syndicate of banks on 254 million dirham dual-tranche facilities (Term Loan and Master Sukuk Murabaha) to finance the construction of a hotel in Dubai.
  • Representing a client in restructuring loans with lenders and in the sale by the client of their majority stake in a company listed on the Nasdaq Dubai. This was one of the largest non-governmental restructurings in the region.

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