Abu Dhabi, UAE: Holland & Knight is pleased to announce that Oliver Agha has joined the firm as a partner and will head its Islamic finance and Middle East and North Africa (MENA) practices. Mr. Agha's addition will strengthen the firm's presence in the Middle East and bolster the firm's banking and finance, infrastructure, and real estate capabilities in the region.
Oliver Agha founded Agha & Co in 2010 as a boutique Islamic finance firm with a leading blue chip clientele of international and regional financial institutions and corporations. For the last three years Mr. Agha's Dubai-based firm, which includes four associate attorneys who will also join Holland & Knight, has won a number of Islamic finance awards.
Mr. Agha noted, "Our practice has reached a stage in its development where we require a larger platform to fully service our clients. In response to client suggestions, I am very pleased to join Holland & Knight, a firm with leading international financing, transactional, real estate and hospitality practices."
Steven Sonberg, managing partner of Holland & Knight stated, "We are very pleased with Oliver and his team's addition. Our clients will benefit greatly from this team of sophisticated finance and projects attorneys when they are conducting business in the region."
Oliver Agha is a New York-trained lawyer who has previously led practice groups at Am Law 50 and top-tier UK firms. Mr. Agha is respected in the fields of projects, project finance, energy, public-private placements (PPPs), and Islamic finance (including insurance (takaful), Islamic arbitration and dispute resolution). He has been published widely and regularly speaks/appears at notable conferences and in print and on broadcast media.
Mr. Agha and his firm were awarded the Dealmakers Country Awards 2013 for the Islamic Finance Law Firm of the Year: UAE; 2012 Acquisition International Legal Awards for the Islamic Finance Law Firm of Year: UAE; and the Global Islamic Finance Award for the Best Islamic Finance Law Firm of 2011 awarded at the Oman Islamic Economic Forum (OIEF). His prior firm also received The Global Recognition in Islamic Finance for a Law Firm Award (promoting excellence in Islamic finance) by the International Islamic Finance Forum.
About Holland & Knight LLP:
Holland & Knight is a global law firm with more than 1,000 lawyers and other professionals in 17 U.S. offices, as well as Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Bogotá and Mexico City. Among the largest law firms in the United States, Holland & Knight provides representation in real estate, business, litigation and governmental law. Interdisciplinary practice groups and industry-based teams provide clients with access to attorneys throughout the firm, regardless of location.
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