Linklaters has appointed Luma Saqqaf to be its new Head of Islamic Finance in the Middle East. Ms Saqqaf comes to Linklaters from Allen & Overy, where she focused on transactional banking work with a particular emphasis on Islamic finance. Her experience includes advising on Sukuk, Islamic derivatives transactions and acting on a wide range of Islamic financings.
Senior projects lawyer, Mark Craig, has been made a Managing Associate. Mr Craig was previously a senior associate in the projects group of Clifford Chance and has a broad range of experience in the Middle East. Mr Craig has just closed the largest ever combined power and water project in the world, the US$2.5 billion Shuaibah IWPP project in Saudi Arabia (see News Brief in the last issue of Islamic Finance News).
Both these new appointments will join Linklaters’ new Dubai office.