Baker McKenzie: Adil Hussain new Global Head of Islamic Finance 

Global law firm Baker McKenzie has expanded its presence in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with the appointment of Adil Hussain (pictured) as Partner and Head of the Banking & Finance practice. Additionally, Hussain will assume the role of Global Head of Islamic Finance.  

Adil Hussain officially joined the firm’s UAE offices on September 11, 2023, following his tenure as a partner and Global Head of Islamic Finance at Clyde & Co. 

The appointment also coincides with the firm’s office move to the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) effective today, 18 September 2023. 

Commenting on these developments, Borys Dackiw, Baker McKenzie UAE Managing Partner, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Adil to the UAE partnership. Adil’s extensive banking and finance expertise across both conventional and Islamic finance areas, complements our local and regional teams’ transactional capabilities, as we continue to deliver top-tier legal advice to clients on their high profile cross-border transactions.” 

“The appointment also coincides with the Firm’s office move to the DIFC. Our new DIFC office will support our growth strategy in key transactional, advisory and dispute resolution practices.” 

With an impressive career spanning over 18 years in the Middle East, Hussain has garnered extensive experience in advising renowned lenders and sponsors in substantial banking and finance transactions. 

“Adil’s market knowledge and strong proficiency in financing transactions will undoubtedly bolster our capabilities to deliver exceptional legal services to clients operating in the region,” said Matthew Dening, Global Chair of Baker McKenzie’s Banking & Finance practice. “His arrival reinforces the firm’s ongoing commitment to the banking and finance practice in the region and we are delighted to welcome him on board.” 

On his appointment, Adil Hussain said: “By joining Baker McKenzie, I am confident that I will be able to thrive in an environment that encourages innovation, fosters professional growth and embraces the ever-evolving challenges of the banking and finance industry. I look forward to working alongside Baker McKenzie’s talented attorneys across the region and beyond.” 

The hire of Adil Hussain comes after a number of recent lateral appointments in the Middle East region, including Tina Hsieh (Tax), Luka KristovicBlazevic (Dispute Resolution), Khaled Zowayed (Real Estate) and Sahal Khalawi (Regulatory and Public Policy).