Aly Kassam

  • Dubai International Financial Centre
  • Precinct Building 1, Level 3
  • P.O. Box 506698
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Profile Experience

Aly Kassam is a counsel in Latham & Watkins’ Dubai office and is a member of the Finance Department. Mr. Kassam’s practice focuses on complex international cross-border banking and finance transactions, particularly in the areas of leveraged and event-driven finance, corporate acquisition finance, syndicated lending, credit/equity portfolio acquisitions, and restructuring.

Mr. Kassam has experience across a broad spectrum of debt capital structures, including senior/mezzanine, bank/bond and bridge financing, first lien/second lien special situations loans, and asset- backed loans. He advises borrowers, including private equity funds and their portfolio companies, and lenders in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Mr. Kassam’s experience includes advising:

  • The First Group on its refinancing with Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
  • A regional marine transportation company in the ongoing restructuring of its indebtedness
  • Primewagon Jersey, a shareholder of Aston Martin, an automobile manufacturer, to refinance existing debt
  • NBK Capital on an Islamic financing for an education company in Saudi Arabia
  • Investbridge Capital on various transactions in the UAE
  • The First Group on its acquisition of certain plots of real estate in the UAE
  • Adeem Investment & Wealth Management Company in connection with the restructuring of certain of its financial indebtedness – Restructuring Deal of the Year 2017, IFLR Middle East Awards
  • A family group in the UAE on a margin loan secured by shares listed on the London Stock Exchange
  • Gulf Capital on various transactions including their acquisitions of Kuiper International and Chef Middle East*
  • Al Farwaniya Property Developments LLC, Agility Public Warehousing Company K.S.C.P, and National Real Estate Company K.S.C. on the financing for the development of the Reem Mall in Abu Dhabi*
  • Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank on various transactions including the conventional and Islamic co-financing for the development of two residential/hospitality projects sponsored by the SKAI Group (and on the inclusion of subsequent second lien financing) and financing for Zakher Marine International*
  • Gulf Marine Middle East FZE and Gulf Marine Services plc on the Islamic and conventional refinancing of their existing debt*
  • Taghleef Industries on their European term loan B financing – the first such financing for a Middle East issuer*
  • Tristar Transport LLC and Agility Public Warehousing Company K.S.C.P on their acquisition of Emirates Ship Investment Company (Eships)*
  • Reem Finance PJSC and Investbridge Capital on their financing to the McGettigans group*
  • Jadwa Investment on the launch of their Shari’a compliant US real estate fund*
  • Orbit Showtime Network (OSN) on their refinancing of their existing debt*
  • Bain Capital Credit on various portfolio acquisition including their acquisition of the JPMorgan special situations group*
  • Carlyle, Sequoia Capital, and Actis on their acquisition of the 7DaysInn group*
  • Fitness First Group Limited on the global restructuring of their debt*
  • Bain Capital on a number of acquisitions including the acquisition of Bravida and managing existing portfolio companies*
  • The Ad Hoc Committee of Bondholders for bonds issued by the Kaisa Group*    

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

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