Jawad Ali is Managing Partner of the firm’s Middle East offices, global deputy head of the firm's award-winning Islamic Finance practice group and is based in the firm’s Dubai office. His practice covers a broad range of cross border corporate, finance and investment matters.
Mr. Ali has substantial experience in the representation of Middle Eastern and other clients in the development and implementation of Shari’ah-compliant financing and investment structures, including lease finance (Ijara), acquisition finance (Ijara wa-iqtinah), construction finance (Istisna’a - Ijara), trade finance (Murabaha), joint ventures (Musharaka) and Islamic bonds (Sukuk). He has advised Islamic banks and other financial institutions and sponsors in the structuring and implementation of U.S., European, MENA and global Shari’ah-compliant real estate and private equity funds.
Mr. Ali has also advised Middle Eastern clients on numerous conventional private equity and real estate investments in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, India, South East Asia and Africa.
Prior to joining King & Spalding, Mr. Ali spent four years in private practice in Kuwait, where he represented multinational, Kuwaiti and GCC based clients on a variety of complex corporate and finance transactions in Kuwait and throughout the GCC.
Mr. Ali is a frequent speaker on the topic of Islamic finance and investment throughout the Middle East, Europe, the United States and Africa. Mr. Ali is highly ranked by Chambers Global and Legal 500 for his work in the field of Islamic Finance.
Mr. Ali received his Bachelors of Law (LL.B.) with honors from Liverpool University School of Law, England, in 1993 and his Masters of Law (LL.M) in International Banking and Finance, cum laude, from Boston University School of Law in 1994. Mr. Ali is admitted to practice in New York (1995).