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Kamil G. Ahmed

Counsel
+65.6507.8198
Fax +65.6507.8111
Kamil Gerard Ahmed is a banking and finance counsel resident in Singapore with a particular focus on asset finance and leasing in both our Singapore and Tokyo offices. He is one of a very few lawyers who is not only qualified to practice in New York and England & Wales, but also has extensive on-the-ground experience advising on the laws of both jurisdictions.

Mr. Ahmed has considerable experience advising on the financing, leasing and trading of aircraft and equipment assets. He has worked on a variety of financial products, including Japanese operating leases, Japanese operating leases with call options, operating leases, finance/capital leases, sales and leasebacks, owner trusts, and portfolio sales, acquisitions and financings. He has also advised on a U.S. Chapter 11 airline restructuring as the airline’s bankruptcy and restructuring counsel.

Beyond asset finance and leasing, he also has experience across a range of other product areas. He regularly advises on secured and unsecured financings, syndicated lending and export credit financings, as well as on U.S. capital markets (equity and debt). His client base includes lenders, borrowers, lessors, investors, equity participants, sponsors, underwriters, trustees and sovereign wealth funds based in the Asia Pacific, the Middle East and the Americas.

Mr. Ahmed has been based in Asia since June 2014. Immediately prior to joining the firm, he worked for a magic circle firm in Asia for four years and, before that, worked for Wall Street firms in New York City for close to seven years. He also previously completed an office rotation in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and was on a Middle East desk for a number of years out of New York City.

He has been recognized for his work by a number of legal directories, including as a “Leading Lawyer” by the International Who’s Who of Aviation Lawyers for “aviation finance” and as a “Rising Star” by Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Rising Stars for “banking and finance”, “aviation” and “capital markets”.

Mr. Ahmed graduated from the Master of Laws program at Columbia Law School as a James Kent Scholar, the law school’s highest award for outstanding academic achievement, as well as with a certificate with honors from the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law. Prior to that, he also graduated on the Dean’s list from the JD/MBA program at the University of Toronto. He has authored a number of scholarly articles, some of which are widely cited in academic journals, and is the co-editor of a widely-cited Oxford University Press treatise entitled The Evolving International Investment Regime: Expectations, Realities, Options.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Ahmed was a senior associate in the Bangkok office of a multinational law firm for more than three years. In addition, he was an associate in the New York offices for two international law firms.

Achievements

Mr. Ahmed has been cited as a “Leading Lawyer” by the International Who’s Who of Aviation Lawyers for “aviation finance” and was also named as a “Rising Star” by Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Rising Stars for “banking and finance”, “aviation” and “capital markets”.

Additional Information

Publications
  • Co-Editor, “The Evolving International Investment Regime: Expectations, Realities and Options,” Oxford University Press (2011)
  • Co-Author, “Oil and Gas Law” in Business Laws of the United Arab Emirates, Thomson Reuters (2011)
  • Co-Author, “Constitutional Law” in Business Laws of the United Arab Emirates, Thomson Reuters (2010, 2011)
  • Co-Author, “Other Matters” in Business Laws of the United Arab Emirates, Thomson Reuters (2010, 2011)
  • Co-Author, “Corporate Governance: An Evaluation of the Post-Sarbanes Oxley Differences Between Canada and the United States”, commissioned by the Bank of Canada (2006)
  • Co-Author, “Antitrust Class Actions in Canada – Overview and Strategic Considerations” presented to the Conference Board Annual Antitrust Program, New York, NY, U.S.A. (2006)
  • Author, “The Efficiency Defence per Superior Propane: Reversed Robinhoodism at its Worst” 41 R.J.T. 595 (2006)
  • Author, “A Case for a Longer Term of Copyright in Canada – Implications of Eldred v. Ashcroft” 37 R.D.U.S. 355 (2006)
  • Author, “International Labor Rights: A Categorical Imperative?” 35 R.D.U.S. 145 (2004)