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Isam Salah specializes in domestic and international finance and investment with an emphasis on Shari'ah-compliant finance and investment transactions, particularly in the United States. A partner and head of our Islamic Finance and Investment practice, Isam represents clients in transactions involving Shari'ah-compliant financing.

For more than 20 years, Isam has worked with clients on the structuring of Shari'ah-compliant finance and investment transactions. His work in this area has included the first, and more than a dozen, Shari’ah-compliant financings for private equity investments, and dozens of Shari’ah-compliant real estate investment funds that have invested in a broad range of property sectors.

Isam also pioneered the use of a Rule 144a high-yield note offering to fund Shari'ah-compliant financing of a private equity investment, along with implementation of the first Euro-Sukuk transaction on behalf of a corporate issuer, the structuring of mezzanine and junior secured property financings (securitized and rated), and the structuring of a home mortgage product.

A frequent speaker and author on Islamic finance and investment, Isam is a former President of the Arab Bankers Association of North America.

Isam has been recognized for his leadership in Islamic finance by Chambers Global from 2008 through 2017, as well as by Chambers USA for 2009 and the International Financial Law Review in 2008 and 2010.

The 2010 IFLR 1000 called Isam a "Leading Light," while Islamic Finance News identified him as a "Leading Lawyer" in 2009 and 2011. In addition, he is listed as "Recommended" in The Legal 500 EMEA 2010, 2011 and 2014 editions, as well as in The Legal 500 U.K. guide for 2013 and 2016.

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Credentials

B.A., Case Western Reserve University

J.D., Cleveland State University

LL.M., Georgetown University

New York

Ohio

American Bar Association

The Association of the Bar of the City of New York

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Credentials

B.A., Case Western Reserve University

J.D., Cleveland State University

LL.M., Georgetown University

New York

Ohio

American Bar Association

The Association of the Bar of the City of New York