DUBAI, UAE – Reed Smith has appointed Amir Ahmad as a partner in its Financial Industry Group (FIG) in Dubai, an important hire intended to grow the firm’s finance presence throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

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Considered a "go to" lawyer on some of the most high profile and technically challenging deals across the region, Amir’s practice includes extensive experience acting on multi-sourced (Islamic) and ECA-supported financings in the public and private sector, leveraged finance, real estate development, project finance and general corporate financings. Amir is also one of a handful of lawyers in the Middle East who has studied and practiced in both common law and civil law jurisdictions.

Among his many accolades, Amir led the team which won the award for Murabaha Deal of the Year 2017 at the Islamic Finance News Awards, and is the recipient of the IFLR Middle East Award for Restructuring Deal of the Year 2016, the Islamic Finance News Awards for Cross Border Deal of the Year 2016, Project Finance Team of the Year 2016, Commodity Murabaha Deal of the Year 2015 and Mudarabah Deal of the Year 2014.

“Building a strong Middle East practice is a strategic priority for the firm and for FIG, and doing so will require that we bring aboard the best of the best in the region,” said Ed Estrada, global chair of Reed Smith’s Financial Industry Group. “Amir is one of the leading finance attorneys in the Middle East, who also brings an entrepreneurial spirit which will certainly be valuable as we continue to expand our capabilities in the region. We are very excited to have him join Reed Smith.”