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Sera Somay

Sera Somay is the partner heading the banking and finance practice at Paksoy with a specific focus on Islamic finance transactions.

Sera works on syndicated and club loans for financial institutions and corporates, acquisition financing, secured financing and other structured financings.

Sera advised on the first international Sukuk issuance by the Republic of Turkey and the first Sukuk issuance by a Turkish Islamic bank. She also works on murabaha syndications of Turkish participation banks as well as their annual sukuk issuances.

Sera also advises on regulatory M&As across a variety of sectors with a focus on Banking M&As.

Sera is a member of the International Bar Association.

The Islamic Finance Law Practice:

We advise conventional and Islamic financial institutions and investors as well as corporate borrowers on all aspects of Islamic finance.

We have been at the forefront of Islamic product development in Turkey working with all major market makers including the sovereign, Turkish Islamic banks, regional banks and global players. With the increasing demand, we expanded our Islamic Finance practice and have an in-depth understanding of Islamic Finance products in the Turkish market.


Paksoy is a leading law firm in Istanbul, Turkey, focused on helping clients in a wide range of legal areas, cross-border investments, international business transactions, investigations, compliance and disputes.

Established in 1997, Paksoy stands today, as one of the strongest local legal brands in Turkey with a senior team of over 50 lawyers and aggregate of 80 people.

We define ourselves as a one-stop, full service law firm with a culture and passion to provide practical top-quality services to our clients with an aim to create value to their businesses or investments. more >>

Mark O. Morris

Mark Morris is counsel in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins. He is a member of the firm’s Finance Department.

Mr. Morris represents private equity sponsors, public companies and alternative debt providers on cross-border and domestic leveraged financings, asset-based financings, senior secured lending and complex restructurings.

Mr. Morris previously practiced in the firm’s Dubai office, as well as at an international magic circle firm in Paris and London.

The Islamic Finance Law Practice:

Latham’s global Islamic finance lawyers have extensive Islamic finance experience across the core practice areas of banking, project finance, capital markets, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), investment funds and dispute resolution. The firm’s lawyers advise corporations, governments, banks, sponsors, export credit agencies, investment funds and other investors on Shari’ah-compliant transactions in the Middle East, Europe, United States and Asia.

Latham lawyers have a reputation for innovation and have been involved in the development of ground-breaking Islamic finance transactions globally. Recognized in the leading directories as world-class practitioners in the Islamic finance field, the firm’s lawyers regularly participate and host Islamic finance workshops and conferences and have authored articles and books on topical issues in Islamic finance. Most recently, Latham lawyers published The Sukuk Handbook: A Guide to Structuring Sukuk, and Latham’s Dubai and London-based partner, Craig Nethercott, co-edited and contributed to Islamic Finance Law and Practice, a practical and commercial guide to the fundamental principles of Islamic finance and their application to Islamic finance transactions, published by the Oxford University Press.

The practice has a broad geographic reach with experienced Islamic finance lawyers located in the Middle East and other offices, including London, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Latham & Watkins:

Latham & Watkins is a global law firm with more than 2,200 lawyers in its offices located in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. The firm has internationally recognized practices in a wide spectrum of transactional, litigation, corporate and regulatory areas. Our success is grounded in our devotion to the collaborative process, which reaches across global offices and practices and draws upon our deep subject matter expertise, an abiding commitment to teamwork and a powerful tradition of creative lawyering. more >>

Lee Kien How John

Mr. Lee Kien How John is the managing partner of J. Lee & Associates, a medium-size legal firm in Malaysia. He graduated with LLB (Hons) degree from International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) ranking among the tops of his year. He also holds a Master of Comparative Laws degree, a post-graduate Diploma in Shariah and Legal Practice both of which from IIUM and, an MA in Economics for Competition Law from King’s Collage London. Proficient in English, Malay language, Mandarin, he is also the first Chinese origin Shariah practitioner ever admitted by the Shariah (Islamic law) court.

Mr. Lee also holds a Master in Laws from IIUM with a specialisation in comparative study of securities and banking laws. Currently, he is in the process of publishing his dissertation, which is a comparative study between conventional and Islamic laws of corporate finance and insurance. Despite his special interest in security insurance and banking law both conventional and Islamic, he has wide areas of interests ranging from shipping law to professional negligence. Also, he is interested with laws relating to intellectual property and construction contract.

His current practice includes corporate and commercial law, competition law compliance and Islamic corporate finance related matters where he advises wide range of clients from local small medium entrepreneurs to multinational corporate entities over their local and transnational business needs. He is instrumental in developing Islamic banking, Takaful and Islamic corporate finance documents and exercise for several financial institutions as well as corporate and governmental entities in Malaysia. He has spoken extensively in seminars, workshops and conferences on various issues and topics concerning Islamic corporate finance and Takaful both locally and internationally.

Also he has advised numerous governmental and semi governmental entities in relation with Islamic Banking practices and also advised the Attorney General’s Chamber of Malaysia, IIUM, Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad (BMMB), Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad (BIMB), Maybank Islamic Berhad (MIB), Bank Simpanan Nasional Berhad (BSN), Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), Permodalan Usahawan Nasional Berhad (PUNB) and Perbadanan Nasional Berhad (PNS) on Musyarakah Mutanaqisah financing structures, Istisna’ financing, Murabahah Tawarruq facility, Ijarah Muntahiyah Bi Tamleek, to name a few, and issues thereto.

He is now a member of the Shariah Advisory (SAC) of the Association of Islamic Banking Institutions Malaysia (AIBIM). Also, he is a consultant to few law firms and practices in Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia and the United Kingdom.

Islamic Finance Practice:

  • Retail banking—Leases (Ijarah Thumma al-Bai etc.)
  • Retail banking—Housing Related Financings (ABBA etc.)
  • Retail banking—Non collateral cases (al-inan etc.)
  • Corporate banking—Bridging financings
  • Corporate banking—Syndicated financings
  • Corporate banking—Collateral cases
  • SMI & SME financings
  • Venture Capital Investments
  • Mudharabah General Investment Facility

J Lee & Associates:

Verily, J Lee & Associates is a young yet dynamic firm established since early 2001. We are partnered by a team of enthusiastic professional lawyers who inspire to provide full commitment and efficiency in all assignments entrusted by clients. Despite being ‘young’, we plead to serve our clients to the utmost and thus holding our clients’ satisfaction as the prime target.

By the concept of ‘under one roof’, we also aim to serve all corporate needs of our clients and thus, become a one stop hub that could provide the best solutions for all our clients’ business needs. This objective is achieved by the professional experience and training undergone by our lawyers and staff. more >>