Nabil Issa is a partner in the Middle East and Islamic Finance Group of King & Spalding, working from the Dubai and affiliated Riyadh offices. Prior to joining King & Spalding, Mr. Issa worked for leading law firms in Dubai and Riyadh and was also an adjunct professor of business law at the University of Sharjah’s College of Business and Management. Mr. Issa also completed secondments in Houston and Washington, D.C., with another international law firm prior to joining King & Spalding.
Mr. Issa’s experience includes work in the areas of banking and finance, Shari’ah-compliant funds, private equity, international investments, healthcare and energy industry transactions, and Islamic finance issues. He is particularly known for his development of innovative Shari’ah-compliant CMA funds and investment structures for real estate and private equity investments in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
Following graduation from the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Issa was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to UAE University to study the effects of membership in the World Trade Organization on the financial laws of the United Arab Emirates. Mr. Issa is proficient in Arabic as well as being fluent in English.
Mr. Issa has been recognized in the 2006 and 2007 editions and is highly ranked in the 2008-2013 editions of Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business for his work in both Saudi Arabia and the UAE, in addition to investment funds in the Middle East. In the 2011-2013 editions of Chambers Global, Mr. Issa is ranked in Band 1 for his work in Saudi Arabia and in Band 2 for his work on investment funds in the Middle East. Mr. Issa is also recommended as a leading lawyer in banking and financing matters in the Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa and was named among the “Leading Lawyers ” by Islamic Finance News in all 15 categories. Moreover, Mr. Issa is included in the inaugural 2008 and 2010 editions of Euromoney’s “Guide to the World’s Leading Islamic Finance Lawyers” and 2010 edition of Euromoney’s “Guide to the World’s Leading Emerging Markets Lawyers”.
Mr. Issa received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a Graduate Certificate in Islamic & Middle Eastern Law from the University of Pennsylvania. He received his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from the University of California at San Diego, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
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