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Asal Saghari is counsel of the Corporate, Finance and Investments practice.

Asal has extensive experience in banking and finance.  Her areas of practice include finance, Islamic finance and secured and unsecured lending, with a particular focus on advising sponsors, lenders and borrowers in connection with their lending and investment activities in Europe and Middle East structured on both a conventional and Shari’ah-compliant basis.

Asal joined King & Spalding’s London office in 2008 from one of London’s leading international law firms.

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Credentials

Law Studies, BPP Law School, UK

LL.B., University of Bristol, UK, honours

England and Wales

UK Law Society - Pending

Ranked as Next Generation lawyer for UAE Banking and Finance


Legal 500 EMEA, 2017 - 2019

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Ranked as Next Generation lawyer for UAE Banking and Finance


Legal 500 EMEA, 2017 - 2019

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Outbound Investment Financing

Advised Qatar First Bank in connection with the refinancing of its portfolio of properties leased to Marks & Spencer. The transaction was refinanced on a Shari’ah-compliant basis.

Advised a prominent Saudi client in relation to the provision of a Shari’ah-compliant facility to fund the acquisition of land for development in Vauxhall Cross, London. Subsequently advised the client in connection with the re-structuring of the facility and enforcement of its security.

Advised KFH Capital Investment Company in the formation of two Shari’ah-compliant UK real estate funds. Following the formation of the funds, King & Spalding advised KFH Capital Investment Company in connection with five property acquisitions: two retail parts (one in England and the other in Scotland (each multi-tenanted)), a distribution warehouse (single tenanted), three retail warehouses units (each leased to a prominent UK DIY retailer) and, a logistics warehouse in the UK (single tenanted). All five transactions were structured and financed on a Shari’ah-compliant basis.

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Outbound Investment Financing

Advised Qatar First Bank in connection with the refinancing of its portfolio of properties leased to Marks & Spencer. The transaction was refinanced on a Shari’ah-compliant basis.

Advised a prominent Saudi client in relation to the provision of a Shari’ah-compliant facility to fund the acquisition of land for development in Vauxhall Cross, London. Subsequently advised the client in connection with the re-structuring of the facility and enforcement of its security.

Advised KFH Capital Investment Company in the formation of two Shari’ah-compliant UK real estate funds. Following the formation of the funds, King & Spalding advised KFH Capital Investment Company in connection with five property acquisitions: two retail parts (one in England and the other in Scotland (each multi-tenanted)), a distribution warehouse (single tenanted), three retail warehouses units (each leased to a prominent UK DIY retailer) and, a logistics warehouse in the UK (single tenanted). All five transactions were structured and financed on a Shari’ah-compliant basis.

Advised KFH Capital Investment Company in connection with it successful exit from a number of its UK investments, including a distribution warehouse in Peterborough leased to Amazon.

Advised the administrative agent in connection with the DIFC law aspect of its US$1.08 billion acquisition financing facility.

Advised the administrative agent in connection with the English law aspects of its US$800 million financing facility to a global supplier of core technology solutions in the medical sector.

Advised MUFG Bank, Ltd. in connection with a US$150,000,000 financing for PT Bukit Makmur Mandiri Utama (Buma), together with amendments to an existing US$100,000,000 facility. MUFG is the world’s 5th largest bank by assets, and the largest bank in the world by assets outside China.

Advised a Cayman Islands investment vehicle managed by Dimah Capital Investment Company in connection with the acquisition of a retail park in the UK with 16 tenants and two multi tenanted commercial properties in the UK. All transactions were structured and financed on a Shari’ah-compliant basis.

Advised Mohammed Alsubeaei & Sons Investment Company in relation to the provision by it of a £130 million Shari’ah-compliant mezzanine development facility to fund the mixed use development "South Bank Tower" in London (formerly King's Reach Tower). the mezzanine financing was part of a £400 million development facility involving senior Shari'ah-complaint financiers including ABC International Bank.

Implemented alternative Shari'ah investment structures enabling Middle East investors and limited partners invest in alternative products in Europe and the US. Advised clients, including Tharwat for Financial ServicesAmerican LandmarkFlagship Healthcare PropertiesPacific General HoldingsRiyad CapitalGlobal Gate Capital and Mohamed & Abdullah I. Al Subeaei Investment (MASIC).

Middle East Inbound Financing

Advising the manager of a Venture Capital Debt Fund established in the ADGM in connection with its direct lending programme.

Advised Arcapita Investment Partners Limited in connection with the structuring of its acquisition of certain logistics warehouses in Dubai Investment Parks and Dubai South Logistics.

Acting for The Western Union Company in its investment in stc Pay, valuing stc Pay at US$1.3 billion, thus creating the first Unicorn in Saudi Arabia, the third Unicorn in the Middle East and the first Fintech Unicorn in the Middle East.

Advised Dalma Energy LLC on the financing aspects of the merger of its business operations in Oman, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands with the business operations of KCA Deutag. The combined enterprise value of the KCAD Group (the enlarged group) was over US$2.6 billion, making it one of the largest drilling contractors in the Middle East to date.

Advised Dalma Energy LLC on its acquisition of oil drilling rigs in Oman, the UAE and Saudi Arabia as well as its refinancing of a US$450 million acquisition facility.

Advised Arcapita Investment Partners Limited in connection with the AED 333 million Ijara financing for the purchase of three residential towers in Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi from Mubadala Pramerica. Subsequently advised Arcapita Investment Partners Limited on its contribution of interest in those properties to Residential Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), forming part of one of the largest REIT contribution transactions in the Middle East.

Advised NBK Capital in connection with the AED 336 million sale and lease back transaction of a school in Dubai and the subsequent refinancing of that property with an AED 173 million Shari’ah-compliant facility secured against the school and the revenues under the lease.

Advised Investcorp on its acquisition financing of a stake in Bindawood Group, which owns one of the largest chains of grocery stores and related business in Saudi Arabia.

Advised Shorooq Partners Ltd, as the manager of the Nahda Fund I L.P., closed a Shari’ah compliant financing agreement with Retailo Technologies Holding Limited.

Matters

Outbound Investment Financing

Advised Qatar First Bank in connection with the refinancing of its portfolio of properties leased to Marks & Spencer. The transaction was refinanced on a Shari’ah-compliant basis.

Advised a prominent Saudi client in relation to the provision of a Shari’ah-compliant facility to fund the acquisition of land for development in Vauxhall Cross, London. Subsequently advised the client in connection with the re-structuring of the facility and enforcement of its security.

Advised KFH Capital Investment Company in the formation of two Shari’ah-compliant UK real estate funds. Following the formation of the funds, King & Spalding advised KFH Capital Investment Company in connection with five property acquisitions: two retail parts (one in England and the other in Scotland (each multi-tenanted)), a distribution warehouse (single tenanted), three retail warehouses units (each leased to a prominent UK DIY retailer) and, a logistics warehouse in the UK (single tenanted). All five transactions were structured and financed on a Shari’ah-compliant basis.

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Matters

Outbound Investment Financing

Advised Qatar First Bank in connection with the refinancing of its portfolio of properties leased to Marks & Spencer. The transaction was refinanced on a Shari’ah-compliant basis.

Advised a prominent Saudi client in relation to the provision of a Shari’ah-compliant facility to fund the acquisition of land for development in Vauxhall Cross, London. Subsequently advised the client in connection with the re-structuring of the facility and enforcement of its security.

Advised KFH Capital Investment Company in the formation of two Shari’ah-compliant UK real estate funds. Following the formation of the funds, King & Spalding advised KFH Capital Investment Company in connection with five property acquisitions: two retail parts (one in England and the other in Scotland (each multi-tenanted)), a distribution warehouse (single tenanted), three retail warehouses units (each leased to a prominent UK DIY retailer) and, a logistics warehouse in the UK (single tenanted). All five transactions were structured and financed on a Shari’ah-compliant basis.

Advised KFH Capital Investment Company in connection with it successful exit from a number of its UK investments, including a distribution warehouse in Peterborough leased to Amazon.

Advised the administrative agent in connection with the DIFC law aspect of its US$1.08 billion acquisition financing facility.

Advised the administrative agent in connection with the English law aspects of its US$800 million financing facility to a global supplier of core technology solutions in the medical sector.

Advised MUFG Bank, Ltd. in connection with a US$150,000,000 financing for PT Bukit Makmur Mandiri Utama (Buma), together with amendments to an existing US$100,000,000 facility. MUFG is the world’s 5th largest bank by assets, and the largest bank in the world by assets outside China.

Advised a Cayman Islands investment vehicle managed by Dimah Capital Investment Company in connection with the acquisition of a retail park in the UK with 16 tenants and two multi tenanted commercial properties in the UK. All transactions were structured and financed on a Shari’ah-compliant basis.

Advised Mohammed Alsubeaei & Sons Investment Company in relation to the provision by it of a £130 million Shari’ah-compliant mezzanine development facility to fund the mixed use development "South Bank Tower" in London (formerly King's Reach Tower). the mezzanine financing was part of a £400 million development facility involving senior Shari'ah-complaint financiers including ABC International Bank.

Implemented alternative Shari'ah investment structures enabling Middle East investors and limited partners invest in alternative products in Europe and the US. Advised clients, including Tharwat for Financial ServicesAmerican LandmarkFlagship Healthcare PropertiesPacific General HoldingsRiyad CapitalGlobal Gate Capital and Mohamed & Abdullah I. Al Subeaei Investment (MASIC).

Middle East Inbound Financing

Advising the manager of a Venture Capital Debt Fund established in the ADGM in connection with its direct lending programme.

Advised Arcapita Investment Partners Limited in connection with the structuring of its acquisition of certain logistics warehouses in Dubai Investment Parks and Dubai South Logistics.

Acting for The Western Union Company in its investment in stc Pay, valuing stc Pay at US$1.3 billion, thus creating the first Unicorn in Saudi Arabia, the third Unicorn in the Middle East and the first Fintech Unicorn in the Middle East.

Advised Dalma Energy LLC on the financing aspects of the merger of its business operations in Oman, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands with the business operations of KCA Deutag. The combined enterprise value of the KCAD Group (the enlarged group) was over US$2.6 billion, making it one of the largest drilling contractors in the Middle East to date.

Advised Dalma Energy LLC on its acquisition of oil drilling rigs in Oman, the UAE and Saudi Arabia as well as its refinancing of a US$450 million acquisition facility.

Advised Arcapita Investment Partners Limited in connection with the AED 333 million Ijara financing for the purchase of three residential towers in Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi from Mubadala Pramerica. Subsequently advised Arcapita Investment Partners Limited on its contribution of interest in those properties to Residential Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), forming part of one of the largest REIT contribution transactions in the Middle East.

Advised NBK Capital in connection with the AED 336 million sale and lease back transaction of a school in Dubai and the subsequent refinancing of that property with an AED 173 million Shari’ah-compliant facility secured against the school and the revenues under the lease.

Advised Investcorp on its acquisition financing of a stake in Bindawood Group, which owns one of the largest chains of grocery stores and related business in Saudi Arabia.

Advised Shorooq Partners Ltd, as the manager of the Nahda Fund I L.P., closed a Shari’ah compliant financing agreement with Retailo Technologies Holding Limited.

Credentials

Law Studies, BPP Law School, UK

LL.B., University of Bristol, UK, honours

England and Wales

UK Law Society - Pending

Ranked as Next Generation lawyer for UAE Banking and Finance


Legal 500 EMEA, 2017 - 2019

Icon close

Close

Recognition

Ranked as Next Generation lawyer for UAE Banking and Finance


Legal 500 EMEA, 2017 - 2019