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Mike Rainey advises lenders and borrowers in connection with their financing needs, focusing on project finance in the GCC, financing and restructuring in Saudi Arabia and the UAE and real estate finance and investment in the GCC and Europe.  Mike advises on transactions using both conventional and Shari'ah-compliant financing. 

Ranked by The Legal 500 U.K. and The Legal 500 EMEA both as a "leading individual" and for his Islamic finance practice.

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Credentials

M.Com.Law, University of Auckland, New Zealand, honors

LL.B., University of Otago, New Zealand

B.Comm., University of Otago, New Zealand

Matters

Outbound Real Estate Investment and Finance

Advised Albilad Investment Company in connection with the acquisition of a commercial property in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The acquisition was financed on a Shari’ah-compliant basis and was the largest office sale ever in Northern Ireland.

Advising 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 and the subsequent restructuring of that facility.

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

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Outbound Real Estate Investment and Finance

Advised Albilad Investment Company in connection with the acquisition of a commercial property in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The acquisition was financed on a Shari’ah-compliant basis and was the largest office sale ever in Northern Ireland.

Advising 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 and the subsequent restructuring of that facility.

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

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

Advised a Cayman Islands investment vehicle managed by Dimah Capital Investment Company in connection with the acquisition of two multi tenanted commercial properties in the UK. Both acquisitions 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 Shari’ah-compliant mezzanine development facility to fund construction of the mixed-use development "South Bank Tower" in London (formerly King King's Reach Tower). The mezzanine financing was part of a £400 million development facility involving senior Shari’ah-compliant financiers including ABC International Bank.

Advised a Jersey investment vehicle managed by Dimah Capital Investment Company in connection with the acquisition and financing of a commercial building (single tenant FRI lease) in Amsterdam, Holland.

Advised Arbah-Regent Crescent Finance Limited, a Cayman Islands fund vehicle managed by Arbah Capital in connection with a Shari'ah compliant mezzanine development facility to fund construction of residential units on Park Crescent West, Regent Street, London.

Implemented alternative Shari'ah investment structures enabling Middle East investors and Asset Managers to invest (or as applicable access capital for investment) in alternative products in Europe and the US. Advised clients including American Landmark, Flagship Healthcare Properties, Pacific General Holdings, Riyad Capital, Global Gate Capital, Mohamed & Abdullah I. Al Subeaei Investment (MASIC), Warba Bank and Barings.

GCC Real Estate Investment and Finance

Advised a club of Saudi Banks in connection with the SAR 1.3 billion refinancing of a commercial tower owned by Tadawul Real Estate Company in the King Abdullah Financial District, Riyadh.

Advised Arcapita Investment Partners Limited in connection with Ijara financing for the purchase of three residential towers in Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi from Mubadala Pramerica. Subsequently advised Arcapita Investment Partners Limited on the contribution of its 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 sale and lease back transaction of a school in Dubai and the subsequent refinancing of that property with a Shari’ah-compliant facility secured against the school and the revenues under the lease.

Representation of Arcapita Investment Partners Limited in connection with a sale and lease back transaction of 8 warehouses under construction in Al Quoz, Dubai.

Representation of Al Mal Capital in connection with a sale and leaseback of a school in Dubai financed in part with a Shari’ah-compliant facility secured against the school and revenues under the lease.

Represented Malaz Capital and its CMA funds on financing the purchase of two residential compounds in Saudi Arabia, one in Riyadh and one in the Eastern Province. The financing was provided by Arab National Bank.

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

Restructuring

Advising Azmeel Construction Company, a top 5 Saudi Arabian construction company, in connection with its successful USD 2 billion Financial Restructuring Proceedings under the Saudi Arabian Bankruptcy Law. The restructuring plan has been approved and the plan is in the process of being implemented.

Advising a large Saudi construction company in connection with its Financial Restructuring Proceedings under the Saudi Arabian bankruptcy law.

Advising a UAE retailer in connection the restructuring of its lease agreements with 10 different landlords.

Advising a Dutch bank in connection with the enforcement of a ship mortgage registered against a ship owned by a Saudi Arabian company.

Advising a distressed Saudi Arabian construction company in connection with its restructuring options, including advice to the company in relation to the insolvency processes available under the Saudi Arabian Bankruptcy Law.

Advising an oil services company in its capacity as a creditor of a Saudi Arabian construction company which entered Financial Restructuring Proceedings under Saudi Arabian Bankruptcy Law and is now in liquidation.

Advising a Saudi Arabian real estate development company in relation to a dispute with its main contractor.

GCC Project Finance

Advised the sponsors on the USD 3 billion cross-border refinancing of the Dolphin Gas Project in the UAE. Dolphin is a joint venture between Mubadala Investment CompanyTotalEnergies SE and Occidental Petroleum Corporation and was originally project financed in 2009, with a combination of commercial banks, export credit financing from SACE and a 144a/Reg S international bond. Additional financing was raised in 2012 and 2015.

Advised Sharjah Asset Management in its capacity as a 25% shareholder in the project company constructing a 1.8GW power plant in Sharjah, UAE.

Advised a consortium of Masdar and EDF in connection with the project and financing documents for the DAJ 400MW wind farm in Saudi Arabia.

Advised Arabian Company for Water and Power Development on the Shari’ah-compliant financing for an industrial gases project in Saudi Arabia. The project, which is being financed by a debt package from a group of ten banks, is the first industrial gases project to be financed exclusively on a Shari’ah-compliant basis.

Advised sponsor in connection with Shari'ah-compliant project financing facilities for the construction of a district cooling project at an airport in Saudi Arabia.

Advised sponsor in connection with Shari’ah-compliant project financing facilities to be extended to finance the construction of a potable water project in Saudi Arabia.

Advised a consortium of investors in connection with the entry into a Shari’ah-compliant financing facility with a Dubai based bank the proceeds of which are being used to construct a hospital on Reem Island in Abu Dhabi.

Insights

Client Alert

November 11, 2021
Game Changer

Article · Source: Law360

May 28, 2021
Islamic Financing Faces A Post-Libor Test

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Matters

Outbound Real Estate Investment and Finance

Advised Albilad Investment Company in connection with the acquisition of a commercial property in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The acquisition was financed on a Shari’ah-compliant basis and was the largest office sale ever in Northern Ireland.

Advising 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 and the subsequent restructuring of that facility.

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

See more
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Matters

Outbound Real Estate Investment and Finance

Advised Albilad Investment Company in connection with the acquisition of a commercial property in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The acquisition was financed on a Shari’ah-compliant basis and was the largest office sale ever in Northern Ireland.

Advising 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 and the subsequent restructuring of that facility.

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

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

Advised a Cayman Islands investment vehicle managed by Dimah Capital Investment Company in connection with the acquisition of two multi tenanted commercial properties in the UK. Both acquisitions 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 Shari’ah-compliant mezzanine development facility to fund construction of the mixed-use development "South Bank Tower" in London (formerly King King's Reach Tower). The mezzanine financing was part of a £400 million development facility involving senior Shari’ah-compliant financiers including ABC International Bank.

Advised a Jersey investment vehicle managed by Dimah Capital Investment Company in connection with the acquisition and financing of a commercial building (single tenant FRI lease) in Amsterdam, Holland.

Advised Arbah-Regent Crescent Finance Limited, a Cayman Islands fund vehicle managed by Arbah Capital in connection with a Shari'ah compliant mezzanine development facility to fund construction of residential units on Park Crescent West, Regent Street, London.

Implemented alternative Shari'ah investment structures enabling Middle East investors and Asset Managers to invest (or as applicable access capital for investment) in alternative products in Europe and the US. Advised clients including American Landmark, Flagship Healthcare Properties, Pacific General Holdings, Riyad Capital, Global Gate Capital, Mohamed & Abdullah I. Al Subeaei Investment (MASIC), Warba Bank and Barings.

GCC Real Estate Investment and Finance

Advised a club of Saudi Banks in connection with the SAR 1.3 billion refinancing of a commercial tower owned by Tadawul Real Estate Company in the King Abdullah Financial District, Riyadh.

Advised Arcapita Investment Partners Limited in connection with Ijara financing for the purchase of three residential towers in Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi from Mubadala Pramerica. Subsequently advised Arcapita Investment Partners Limited on the contribution of its 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 sale and lease back transaction of a school in Dubai and the subsequent refinancing of that property with a Shari’ah-compliant facility secured against the school and the revenues under the lease.

Representation of Arcapita Investment Partners Limited in connection with a sale and lease back transaction of 8 warehouses under construction in Al Quoz, Dubai.

Representation of Al Mal Capital in connection with a sale and leaseback of a school in Dubai financed in part with a Shari’ah-compliant facility secured against the school and revenues under the lease.

Represented Malaz Capital and its CMA funds on financing the purchase of two residential compounds in Saudi Arabia, one in Riyadh and one in the Eastern Province. The financing was provided by Arab National Bank.

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

Restructuring

Advising Azmeel Construction Company, a top 5 Saudi Arabian construction company, in connection with its successful USD 2 billion Financial Restructuring Proceedings under the Saudi Arabian Bankruptcy Law. The restructuring plan has been approved and the plan is in the process of being implemented.

Advising a large Saudi construction company in connection with its Financial Restructuring Proceedings under the Saudi Arabian bankruptcy law.

Advising a UAE retailer in connection the restructuring of its lease agreements with 10 different landlords.

Advising a Dutch bank in connection with the enforcement of a ship mortgage registered against a ship owned by a Saudi Arabian company.

Advising a distressed Saudi Arabian construction company in connection with its restructuring options, including advice to the company in relation to the insolvency processes available under the Saudi Arabian Bankruptcy Law.

Advising an oil services company in its capacity as a creditor of a Saudi Arabian construction company which entered Financial Restructuring Proceedings under Saudi Arabian Bankruptcy Law and is now in liquidation.

Advising a Saudi Arabian real estate development company in relation to a dispute with its main contractor.

GCC Project Finance

Advised the sponsors on the USD 3 billion cross-border refinancing of the Dolphin Gas Project in the UAE. Dolphin is a joint venture between Mubadala Investment CompanyTotalEnergies SE and Occidental Petroleum Corporation and was originally project financed in 2009, with a combination of commercial banks, export credit financing from SACE and a 144a/Reg S international bond. Additional financing was raised in 2012 and 2015.

Advised Sharjah Asset Management in its capacity as a 25% shareholder in the project company constructing a 1.8GW power plant in Sharjah, UAE.

Advised a consortium of Masdar and EDF in connection with the project and financing documents for the DAJ 400MW wind farm in Saudi Arabia.

Advised Arabian Company for Water and Power Development on the Shari’ah-compliant financing for an industrial gases project in Saudi Arabia. The project, which is being financed by a debt package from a group of ten banks, is the first industrial gases project to be financed exclusively on a Shari’ah-compliant basis.

Advised sponsor in connection with Shari'ah-compliant project financing facilities for the construction of a district cooling project at an airport in Saudi Arabia.

Advised sponsor in connection with Shari’ah-compliant project financing facilities to be extended to finance the construction of a potable water project in Saudi Arabia.

Advised a consortium of investors in connection with the entry into a Shari’ah-compliant financing facility with a Dubai based bank the proceeds of which are being used to construct a hospital on Reem Island in Abu Dhabi.

Insights

Client Alert

November 11, 2021
Game Changer

Article · Source: Law360

May 28, 2021
Islamic Financing Faces A Post-Libor Test

View all

Credentials

M.Com.Law, University of Auckland, New Zealand, honors

LL.B., University of Otago, New Zealand

B.Comm., University of Otago, New Zealand