El-Assra was previously the leader of the global Islamic finance practice at another law firm. With his background handling matters for clients in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, El-Assra will collaborate with the firm’s global finance, debt capital markets, and restructuring teams in Dubai, London, Frankfurt, New York and Singapore.
“We are dedicated to providing the most comprehensive international finance services to our global clients,” Jami McKeon, the firm’s chair, said. “Tarek adds depth to our existing teams and expands our reach within the Middle East to important markets in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.”
Morgan Lewis’ International Finance Practice Leader Bruce Johnston said El-Assra is a versatile lawyer with a strong reputation in his field.
“His diverse practice further enhances our service offering, particularly in the area of cross-border Islamic finance and investment, which is increasingly important to our global client base,” Johnston said.
El-Assra’s focus is on general banking and finance, Islamic finance and investment, leveraged and acquisition finance, asset finance, real estate finance, trade finance, infrastructure and project finance, and restructurings.
Among the clients El-Assra has represented are major financial institutions and corporate and family offices in the UAE and Saudi Arabia. He has worked on Shari’a-compliant funds and has led numerous “first-of-their-kind” Shari’a-compliant financial transactions and products.
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