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Amjad Hussain

Partner
+974.4424.6119
Fax +974.4.424.6101
Mr. Hussain is a partner in the firm’s Doha office. He focuses his practice on finance, corporate and commercial matters with particular emphasis on banking and Islamic finance.

Since 2002, Mr. Hussain has worked for clients in the Arabian Gulf across a range of sectors including financial services, TMT and infrastructure. He advises government and private sector clients based within and outside the Middle East on matters of English, Qatar and Qatar Financial Centre laws.

In 2019, Chambers Global directory of lawyers in Qatar rates Mr. Hussain and states:

“The well-known Amjad Hussain is seen on a lot of corporate and finance deals, acknowledge peers. He maintains a strong market reputation, with clients highlighting his "great eye for detail" and "prompt replies to all queries”, as well as a creativity that allows him to find solutions that are acceptable to all parties….incredible depth of knowledge and great cross-functional communication and collaboration.”

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Hussain practiced in the UK for a number of years before joining the Dubai office of an international law firm in 2002, where he worked for three years before returning to the UK for two years.

From 2007 until 2012, he practiced as a partner with an international law firm in its Doha office, which he managed. He assisted that firm with entering the Saudi market and supervised that firm’s Saudi cooperation arrangement.

Mr. Hussain joined K&L Gates’ Doha office in 2012. He is rated by a number of independent legal sector directories as a leading lawyer in Qatar.

Achievements

  • The Sir Basil Blackwell Prize, 1995
  • The David Howarth Memorial Prize, 1996
  • The Sweet and Maxwell Prize, 1997

Speaking Engagements

  • Chair, Annual Banking and Islamic Finance Forums, Doha, 2007 - 2011
  • Panelist, The International Islamic Finance Conference, United Arab Emirates, 2013
  • Chair, In-house Counsel Forum, Doha, 2011

Additional Information

Mr. Hussain is a Qatar correspondent for Islamic Finance News since 2010. He wrote for Global Finance Magazine in 2011. He has also had media commentaries in Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Law Society Gazette, Arabian Business, Arab News, MEED, Reuters, BBC World, Gulf Times, Islamic Finance News, and Lexis Nexis.
Financing
  • Advising the developer on a US$27 billion Gulf-based island development
  • Advising a consortium member on a 40km Qatar-Bahrain Friendship Bridge
  • Advising the lead arranger on a US$4 billion sovereign-backed sukuk program
  • Advising a leading Saudi-based family office in connection with a SAR5 billion real estate development project
  • Advising the project company on a US$3 billion subsea fibre optic cable network in Qatar and the GCC region
  • Advising a leading leisure developer on a US$1.5 billion real estate financing
  • Advising a leading family office in connection with a QAR1.2 billion Shari’ah and conventional syndicated facility
  • Advising a national developer on a US$600 million Shari’ah-compliant corporate financing
  • Advising a global financial institution on a QAR1 billion Shari’ah-compliant corporate financing
  • Advising the developer of the premier luxury project in Doha on a QAR350 million Shari’ah-compliant real estate development financing
  • Advising a Qatar Exchange-listed entity in connection with a dual currency US$106.7 million syndicated murabaha facility in connection with a housing project
  • Advising the general partner on a US$500 million Shari’ah compliant equity fund
  • Advising the general partner on a US$200 million Shari’ah-compliant film fund
  • Advising the underwriter on a US$500 million Shari’ah-compliant private placement
  • Advising the company on a US$350 million Shari’ah-compliant private placement
  • Advising the project company on a US$125 million Shari’ah-compliant telecoms infrastructure financing
  • Advising a global financial institution on a SAR350 million Shari’ah-compliant satellite acquisition financing
  • Advising a global financial institution on a US$105 million Shari’ah-compliant vessel acquisition financing
  • Advising a financial institution on a US$200 million Shari’ah-compliant project financing in the renewables sector
  • Advising a financial institution on a US$865 million Shari’ah-compliant cross border development financing
  • Advising the sponsor on a US$1+ billion project financing for a water desalination project
  • Advising two regional financial institutions in connection with US Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings of Arcapita
Capital markets
  • Award-winning: Advising a leading UK financial institution in connection with an award-winning Shari’ah-compliant home purchase product
  • Award-winning: Advising the fund manager in connection with the first Shari’ah-compliant exchange-traded fund for the Qatar Stock Exchange and the largest single-country ETF in the world
  • Advising the fund manager in connection with the first exchange-traded funds listed in the Qatar Stock Exchange
  • Advising the issuer on a AED600 million Nasdaq Dubai-listed sukuk issuance
  • Advising the issuer on a US$215 million London Stock Exchange -listed sukuk issuance
  • Advising the issuer on a SAR650 million IPO on Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul)
  • Advising the underwriter on a US$110 million IPO on Tadawul
  • Advising the underwriter on a SAR490 million IPO on Tadawul
  • Advising the fund manager in connection with an exchange-traded fund for the Qatar Stock Exchange
  • Advising the fund manager in connection with the first Shari’ah-compliant exchange-traded fund for the Qatar Stock Exchange
Corporate
  • Acting for the bidder on the bid for Liverpool FC
  • Award winning: advising the buyer on the acquisition of Alyusr Islamic by Barwa Bank
  • Advising the buyer on the acquisition of Giant Stores and Al Safeer supermarkets stores in Oman by Al Meera Holding Group
  • Advising a significant Qatar-based corporate in respect of the sale of hospitality assets in Qatar
  • Advising a leading Qatari family office in connection with a series of private placements
  • Advising a leading Qatari family office in connection with group restructuring
  • Advising a GCC telecommunications company in respect of a strategic acquisition in Qatar
  • Advising a leading developer in connection with the sale of units in a Shari’ah-complaint fund
  • Advising the buyer on the acquisition of a currency exchange business in India
  • Advising buyer on a bid of Islamic bank in Pakistan
  • Advising the investors in connection with the tallest building development in Europe, the Shard of Glass of London
  • Advising a UK bank in connection with a joint venture with an insurance services provider
  • Advising a Gulf-based government related entity in connection with international joint venture arrangements
Regulatory
  • Advising the Qatar Free Zones Authority on the drafting of the regulatory framework for the Qatar Free Zone, including drafting the Licensing Regulations, Companies Regulations, Mandate and Powers Regulations, Employment Regulations, Immigration Regulations, Building Permits and Planning Regulations, Land Lease and Use Regulations, Fees, Fines and Disciplinary Regulations, Insolvency Regulations, Collateral and Security Regulations, Healthy, Safety and Environment Regulations, Contracts Regulations, Intellectual Property Regulations, Data Protection Regulations, Anti-Money Laundering Regulations, Customs Regulations, Staff Accommodation Regulations, Dispute Resolution Regulations, Financial Services Regulations, and Legal Services Regulations
  • Advising a regional regulatory body on the amendments to its foundational laws in light of changes to its strategy
  • Advising a leading regional regulator on amendments to its Trusts Regulations and Special Companies Regulations
  • Advising a regional government agency on the preparation and drafting of the legal and regulatory framework to establish economic zones in the Middle East, including conducting a legal benchmarking comparative study of regional and international economic zones
  • Advising on amendments to the establishing law and constitutional documents of a major government related entity in the Middle East
  • Advising in connection with laws and regulations to be promulgated or amended by a number of economic zone authorities in the Middle East
  • Providing consultation on amendments to various laws in the Gulf region
  • Advising numerous international financial institutions on compliance with Qatar Financial Centre laws and regulations
  • Preparing suites of Shari’ah-compliant corporate finance documents for a number of Islamic banks
  • Award winning: Advising a leading UK financial institution in connection with an award-winning Shari’ah-compliant home purchase product
  • Advising a payment processing entity in connection with licensing in the Qatar Financial Centre
  • Advising two regional financial institutions in connection with US Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings of Arcapita