London, United Kingdom – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Dechert LLP today announced that Mr. Abradat Kamalpour will be joining the firm’s London office as a partner in its finance group on the 2nd January 2006.
Abradat is currently a senior associate in Norton Rose’s London office specialising in securitisation, debt capital markets and structured finance transactions in Europe, the United States, South East Asia and the Middle East. He has particular expertise in developing Islamic finance structures in the securitisation and debt capital markets arenas. He has worked on many high profile transactions including advising Credit Suisse First Boston as lead manager and arranger on the securitisation of a portfolio of auto and consumer loans valued at €250 million of the Finibanco group in Portugal, acting for the arranger, senior lead manager and placement agent in the successful closing of the innovative US$134 million Bahrain Financial Harbour Project Bond, one of the most complex Sukuk (Islamic bond) transactions to have come to the market to date and acting for Telstra Corporation Limited on the first ever ‘Uridashi’ bond issue by an Australian non-bank issuer into Japan.
Abradat qualified as a solicitor at leading Australian law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques. He is qualified to practice as a solicitor in both Australia (Victoria) and England & Wales.
Said Michael McMillen, a partner and Islamic finance expert who divides his time between Dechert’s London and New York offices:
“Abradat is a talented practitioner and his international experience represents a significant boost for the cross-border Islamic finance team Dechert is building up on both sides of the Atlantic. I greatly look forward to welcoming him to the team, the firm and the partnership.”
“Strong synergies exist between my practice and Dechert’s in the finance arena and I look forward to joining firm with such a clear strategy of expansion in the fields of structured and Islamic finance.”