Gibson Dunn Adds Aly Kassam as Finance Partner in Dubai

May 27, 2020

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Aly Kassam has rejoined the firm’s Dubai office.  Kassam, formerly with Latham & Watkins LLP, will continue to focus on cross-border banking and finance transactions, including both conventional and Islamic financing, restructuring and other transaction financing matters.

“We are pleased to welcome Aly back to the firm,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.  “His experience working in the Gulf region, coupled with his knowledge of the market and our clients, will complement our Dubai team’s strong M&A and private equity platform.  In addition, as an English and Hong Kong qualified solicitor, Aly will add depth to our finance and restructuring practices in London, Singapore and Hong Kong.”

“Aly will be an important addition to the Dubai office, as we continue to help our private equity and corporate clients navigate a wide range of debt and capital financing and restructuring needs,” said Hardeep Plahe, Partner in Charge of the Dubai office.  “As a former Gibson Dunn associate, Aly is well known in our Dubai office, and we know he will be an excellent fit.”

“I’m excited to return to the Gibson Dunn family,” said Kassam.  “The firm has an excellent reputation in the market, and I look forward to enhancing the firm’s capabilities in the conventional and Islamic financing and restructuring space.”

About Aly Kassam

Kassam regularly advises clients on cross-border banking and finance transactions, particularly in the areas of leveraged finance, corporate acquisition finance, Islamic finance, syndicated lending, special situations lending and restructuring.  He has substantial experience in a wide range of debt capital structures, including senior/mezzanine, bank/bond and bridge financing; first lien and second lien special situation loans; and asset-backed loans.  He also advises both borrowers, including private equity funds and their portfolio companies, and lenders in Europe, Asia and in the Middle East.

Before joining Gibson Dunn, Kassam served as a counsel at Latham & Watkins LLP.  He was also an associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Dubai from 2015 to 2017.  He previously practiced with Kirkland & Ellis and Clifford Chance in Hong Kong and London.

Kassam received his law degree with honours from the University of Oxford in 2006 and his Post-Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from The College of Law in 2007.  He is also an English and Hong Kong qualified solicitor.