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Mar 24 2013

Senior finance lawyer brings diverse expertise to Islamic Finance practice

Transactional lawyer with broad experience and market knowledge further strengthens Middle East practice
Riyadh: Amar Meher has joined the Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi in association with Latham & Watkins in Riyadh as counsel in the Finance Department. Meher's practice focuses on conventional and Islamic finance, debt restructurings, debt capital markets, and Shari'ah-compliant structured products, most notably Shari'ah-compliant investment funds.

Meher has worked extensively throughout the Middle East and his experience spans the financial services, power, infrastructure, shipping, telecoms and real estate sectors, among others. He has advised on numerous high profile debt financings and restructurings across various product areas, from the bank market to the capital markets. His experience spans a number of jurisdictions, including the UAE, the United Kingdom, Asia and Australia.

Meher has strong business ties throughout the Gulf region and he has been invited to participate in trade missions, including on behalf of Dubai Exports, the body responsible for fostering trade relations between the UAE and other strategic countries, to represent the UAE in the UAE Islamic Finance Trade Mission to Indonesia. He has also been invited by the Law Council of Australia to serve on a committee which is focused on UAE Law.

Salman Al-Sudairi, Office Managing Partner in Riyadh, said: "We are delighted to welcome Amar to the firm. His broad practice and deep Islamic finance expertise will further strengthen our capability in the region. He has worked on a number of very innovative deals which is a testament to his technical skills, commercial acumen and industry knowledge. Our Islamic finance team is internationally-recognized for its impressive track record and excellent resources, and Amar's experience will add further depth to this vibrant practice."

"There are a lot of synergies between Amar's practice and our product expertise and platform which makes Amar's arrival an exciting development for our growth strategy in the region. His client base is both regional and international and he has worked on a number of high profile conventional and Islamic finance matters. He is a very talented, business-minded practitioner whose overall experience is a strong fit for our practice," added Christopher Hall, Chair of Latham & Watkins' Middle East practice.

"I am excited to join Latham & Watkins in the Middle East. Over the years, Latham has advised on very significant, landmark matters throughout the region. I look forward to contributing to the firm's growth plans in the Middle East as well as to working closely with colleagues in other markets, particularly in Asia as the business ties between these two regions grow stronger," said Meher.

Meher joins the firm from Vinson & Elkins LLP in the Middle East. He received a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from The University of Sydney, Australia, in 1997 and 2000 respectively. He received a Diploma in Legal Practice from St Leonards College of Law in Australia in 2001. He is fluent in English and Urdu/Hindi.

About Latham & Watkins
Latham & Watkins is a global law firm with approximately 2,000 attorneys in 31 offices, including Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, Beijing, Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Doha, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New Jersey, New York, Orange County, Paris, Riyadh, Rome, San Diego, San Francisco, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. For more information on Latham & Watkins, please visit the Web site at www.lw.com.

1 Latham & Watkins operates as a limited liability partnership worldwide with affiliated limited liability partnerships conducting the practice in the United Kingdom, France and Italy and affiliated partnerships conducting the practice in Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. Latham & Watkins practices in Saudi Arabia in association with the Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi.

Contacts
Salman Al-Sudairi, Riyadh Office Managing Partner, +966.1.207.2515

Christopher Hall, Chair of the Middle East Practice, +971.4.704.6333

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