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Nabil Issa specializes in private equity, funds and investment structures in the GCC and Egypt, with a particular focus on Shari'ah-compliant structures. As a partner in our Islamic Finance and Investment practice in our Dubai and affiliated Riyadh offices, Nabil counsels clients regarding a variety of transactions and financial arrangements.

Nabil represents clients in private equity, international investments, privatizations, venture capital and healthcare matters, as well as education and energy industry transactions. He is especially known for developing innovative Shari'ah-compliant CMA funds and investment structures for real estate and private equity investments in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Nabil is ranked in Band 1 for his work on investment funds in the Middle East by Chambers Global 2014–2017 and Band 2 for his corporate work in the Middle East by Chambers Global 2017, in addition to being highly ranked for his corporate work in the UAE. He is also recognized as a Leading Individual for his corporate work in Saudi Arabia by Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2017.

In addition, Nabil was named a Leading Lawyer by Islamic Finance News in all 15 categories, and is included in Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Islamic Finance Lawyers, as well as Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Emerging Markets Lawyers.

Following graduation from the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Issa was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to UAE University to study the effects of membership in the World Trade Organization on the financial laws of the United Arab Emirates. Mr. Issa is proficient in Arabic as well as being fluent in English.

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Credentials

B.A., University of California-San Diego, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

J.D., University of Pennsylvania

District of Columbia

New Jersey

New York

Band 1: Investment Funds in the Middle East


Chambers Global, 2014–2017

Leading Individual: Corporate—Saudi Arabia


Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa, 2017

Band 2: Corporate—Middle East


Chambers Global, 2017

Corporate: United Arab Emirates


Chambers Global, 2017

Leading Corporate Lawyer


The Best Lawyers Saudi Arabia, 2016

Corporate and Funds: Middle East/Saudi Arabia and UAE


Chambers Global, 2008–2016

Leading Lawyer: All 15 categories


Islamic Finance News

Guide to the World’s Leading Islamic Finance Lawyers


Euromoney

Guide to the World’s Leading Emerging Markets Lawyers


Euromoney

Matters

Corporate

Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare – counsel on a wide range of corporate, structuring, and regulatory issues in relation to the healthcare laws and regulations in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation – counsel for the proposed privatization of its Prince Sultan Aviation Academy.

Various major U.S. defense contractors – counsel in relation to their sales and joint ventures in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.

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Corporate

Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare – counsel on a wide range of corporate, structuring, and regulatory issues in relation to the healthcare laws and regulations in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation – counsel for the proposed privatization of its Prince Sultan Aviation Academy.

Various major U.S. defense contractors – counsel in relation to their sales and joint ventures in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.

Al Noor Hospitals Group PLC – counsel on the restructuring of its Abu Dhabi operations, resulting in its £221m initial public offering (IPO) on the London Stock Exchange.

Private Equity

Investcorp – counsel on acquisition of a stake in Bindawood Group, which own one of the largest chains of grocery stores and related businesses in Saudi Arabia, which is Investcorp’s largest investment in the Middle East to date.

Amanat PJSC – counsel on structure and vehicle to acquire Sukoon International Holding CJSC, an extended and critical care facility, in addition to advising on various potential healthcare and education investments in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Laureate Education – counsel on a wide range of corporate, joint venture and structuring issues for operations in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Emirates College of Technology – counsel in relation to sale of a stake to a leading Saudi Arabian family group.

Abraaj Capital – counsel on structuring and restructuring certain investments and entities in Saudi Arabia and sale of shares in NAS Airlines to Kingdom Holdings.

Saudi Aramco Investment Management Company – counsel in relation to various investments in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, and counsel on a wide range of regulatory and corporate issues.

Malaz Capital – counsel in relation to the sale and leaseback of two BAE compounds in Saudi Arabia and eventual sale of the Salwa compound.

Gulf Capital – counsel in relation to restructuring an investment in a healthcare company in the Middle East and acquisition of a food & beverage related business in Saudi Arabia.

NBK Capital – counsel on its exit from Hanco, a leading fleet leasing and rental company in Saudi Arabia (awarded “The Deal of the Year” by The Banker in May 2012).

Jadwa Investment - counsel to consortium regarding successful bid and acquisition of a stake in the Saudi Aramco Lubricating Oil Refinery Company (Luberef) in Saudi Arabia (awarded “Most Innovative Islamic Finance Deal of the Year 2008” at the 7th Annual Euromoney’s Islamic Finance Awards 2009) and documentation of a Shari’ah-compliant CMA fund (awarded “Best New Private Equity Fund” by Private Equity World (MENA) November 2008).

Jadwa Investment - counsel regarding sale of a minority stake to Khazanah Nasional Berhad through a capital increase.

Fawaz Abdulaziz Alhokair Company & Co., a Saudi listed company - counsel on its acquisition of NESK Group of Trading Projects LLC, a leading Saudi retailer of fashion products.

Investment Funds

Alinma Invest/Jeddah Economic Company – counsel on formation of a CMA fund of SR 8.84 billion and the Shari’ah-compliant financing of SR 3.6 billion to develop the Jeddah Tower, the world’s tallest building.

Solidere International– counsel on its anchor investment in a Saudi CMA fund and joint venture agreements in Saudi Arabia to acquire land in Riyadh and Jeddah. In addition to structuring advice in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Riyad Capital and Taqnia – counsel in relation to forming a venture capital fund and related financing.

Alinma Invest and BlueVine –counsel on the formation and offering of a Shari’ah-compliant Middle East-focused venture capital fund.

Al Rajhi Capital and Arcapita Bank – counsel regarding formation of a Saudi Arabian property income fund and acquisition and sale-lease back of a warehouse from Savola, in addition to sale fo the fund’s assets.

SHUAA Capital Saudi Arabia – counsel regarding documentation for a Shari’ah-Compliant SR2 billion hospitality fund in Saudi Arabia and related agreements with Rotana Hotel Management LLC, in addition to acquisition of various properties to develop hotel properties in Jeddah and formation of new sub-funds.

Sedco Capital– counsel regarding formation of a Shari’ah-compliant Saudi Arabian property income fund.

Jadwa Investment – representation in Saudi Arabia in connection with the formation of a proposed SAR 500 million CMA authorized food industry fund, and investment by such fund in a beverage manufacturing company in Saudi Arabia.

CMA Authorized Person – representation in Saudi Arabia in connection with its proposed SAR 400 million Shar’iah-compliant CMA real estate development fund focused on middle income housing.

Shari’ah-Compliant Fund - counsel regarding $110 million acquisition of a majority stake in a building in the Dubai Investments Park and leveraged Shari’ah-compliant financing.

Insights

Article · Source: The Law Reviews

November 13, 2017
The Asset Management Review: Saudi Arabia

Article · Source: The Healthcare Law Review

October 25, 2017
Saudi Arabia

Article · Source: Islamic Finance News

September 20, 2017
Healthcare and education sectors to open to foreigners in Saudi Arabia

View all

Matters

Corporate

Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare – counsel on a wide range of corporate, structuring, and regulatory issues in relation to the healthcare laws and regulations in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation – counsel for the proposed privatization of its Prince Sultan Aviation Academy.

Various major U.S. defense contractors – counsel in relation to their sales and joint ventures in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.

See more
Icon close

Close

Matters

Corporate

Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare – counsel on a wide range of corporate, structuring, and regulatory issues in relation to the healthcare laws and regulations in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation – counsel for the proposed privatization of its Prince Sultan Aviation Academy.

Various major U.S. defense contractors – counsel in relation to their sales and joint ventures in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.

Al Noor Hospitals Group PLC – counsel on the restructuring of its Abu Dhabi operations, resulting in its £221m initial public offering (IPO) on the London Stock Exchange.

Private Equity

Investcorp – counsel on acquisition of a stake in Bindawood Group, which own one of the largest chains of grocery stores and related businesses in Saudi Arabia, which is Investcorp’s largest investment in the Middle East to date.

Amanat PJSC – counsel on structure and vehicle to acquire Sukoon International Holding CJSC, an extended and critical care facility, in addition to advising on various potential healthcare and education investments in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Laureate Education – counsel on a wide range of corporate, joint venture and structuring issues for operations in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Emirates College of Technology – counsel in relation to sale of a stake to a leading Saudi Arabian family group.

Abraaj Capital – counsel on structuring and restructuring certain investments and entities in Saudi Arabia and sale of shares in NAS Airlines to Kingdom Holdings.

Saudi Aramco Investment Management Company – counsel in relation to various investments in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, and counsel on a wide range of regulatory and corporate issues.

Malaz Capital – counsel in relation to the sale and leaseback of two BAE compounds in Saudi Arabia and eventual sale of the Salwa compound.

Gulf Capital – counsel in relation to restructuring an investment in a healthcare company in the Middle East and acquisition of a food & beverage related business in Saudi Arabia.

NBK Capital – counsel on its exit from Hanco, a leading fleet leasing and rental company in Saudi Arabia (awarded “The Deal of the Year” by The Banker in May 2012).

Jadwa Investment - counsel to consortium regarding successful bid and acquisition of a stake in the Saudi Aramco Lubricating Oil Refinery Company (Luberef) in Saudi Arabia (awarded “Most Innovative Islamic Finance Deal of the Year 2008” at the 7th Annual Euromoney’s Islamic Finance Awards 2009) and documentation of a Shari’ah-compliant CMA fund (awarded “Best New Private Equity Fund” by Private Equity World (MENA) November 2008).

Jadwa Investment - counsel regarding sale of a minority stake to Khazanah Nasional Berhad through a capital increase.

Fawaz Abdulaziz Alhokair Company & Co., a Saudi listed company - counsel on its acquisition of NESK Group of Trading Projects LLC, a leading Saudi retailer of fashion products.

Investment Funds

Alinma Invest/Jeddah Economic Company – counsel on formation of a CMA fund of SR 8.84 billion and the Shari’ah-compliant financing of SR 3.6 billion to develop the Jeddah Tower, the world’s tallest building.

Solidere International– counsel on its anchor investment in a Saudi CMA fund and joint venture agreements in Saudi Arabia to acquire land in Riyadh and Jeddah. In addition to structuring advice in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Riyad Capital and Taqnia – counsel in relation to forming a venture capital fund and related financing.

Alinma Invest and BlueVine –counsel on the formation and offering of a Shari’ah-compliant Middle East-focused venture capital fund.

Al Rajhi Capital and Arcapita Bank – counsel regarding formation of a Saudi Arabian property income fund and acquisition and sale-lease back of a warehouse from Savola, in addition to sale fo the fund’s assets.

SHUAA Capital Saudi Arabia – counsel regarding documentation for a Shari’ah-Compliant SR2 billion hospitality fund in Saudi Arabia and related agreements with Rotana Hotel Management LLC, in addition to acquisition of various properties to develop hotel properties in Jeddah and formation of new sub-funds.

Sedco Capital– counsel regarding formation of a Shari’ah-compliant Saudi Arabian property income fund.

Jadwa Investment – representation in Saudi Arabia in connection with the formation of a proposed SAR 500 million CMA authorized food industry fund, and investment by such fund in a beverage manufacturing company in Saudi Arabia.

CMA Authorized Person – representation in Saudi Arabia in connection with its proposed SAR 400 million Shar’iah-compliant CMA real estate development fund focused on middle income housing.

Shari’ah-Compliant Fund - counsel regarding $110 million acquisition of a majority stake in a building in the Dubai Investments Park and leveraged Shari’ah-compliant financing.

Insights

Article · Source: The Law Reviews

November 13, 2017
The Asset Management Review: Saudi Arabia

Article · Source: The Healthcare Law Review

October 25, 2017
Saudi Arabia

Article · Source: Islamic Finance News

September 20, 2017
Healthcare and education sectors to open to foreigners in Saudi Arabia

View all

Credentials

B.A., University of California-San Diego, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

J.D., University of Pennsylvania

District of Columbia

New Jersey

New York

Band 1: Investment Funds in the Middle East


Chambers Global, 2014–2017

Leading Individual: Corporate—Saudi Arabia


Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa, 2017

Band 2: Corporate—Middle East


Chambers Global, 2017

Corporate: United Arab Emirates


Chambers Global, 2017

Leading Corporate Lawyer


The Best Lawyers Saudi Arabia, 2016

Corporate and Funds: Middle East/Saudi Arabia and UAE


Chambers Global, 2008–2016

Leading Lawyer: All 15 categories


Islamic Finance News

Guide to the World’s Leading Islamic Finance Lawyers


Euromoney

Guide to the World’s Leading Emerging Markets Lawyers


Euromoney