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Allen & Overy LLP
11th Floor, Burj Daman Building
Al Sa’ada Street
Dubai International Financial Centre
PO Box 506678
United Arab Emirates

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  Bimal Desai



Bimal has international experience on a wide range of project and other forms of structured finance, including project transactions in the Middle East, Africa and Asia in the petrochemicals and oil and gas sectors. He has also acted for Islamic lenders and multilateral agencies and has considerable experience of Export Credit Agency-led project financings.

“Bimal Desai is consistently singled out by peers as the firm’s preeminent figure in this area, with one describing him as ‘a very good, experienced lawyer’.” (IFLR 2012)

“Clients ….value Desai and say his opinion is invaluable: ‘Second to none in terms of depth of market knowledge, Bimal Desai has effectively designed the UAE legal practice on a huge range of points and is extremely well respected in this market’. ” (IFLR 2012)

Bimal is recognised as “Lawyer of the Year” in Dubai Project Finance and Development by Best Lawyers’ 2013.

Bimal is recognised as Best Lawyers’ 2011 UAE Oil & Gas Lawyer of the Year.

Bimal is recognised as a “Leading Individual” in both Banking & Finance and Projects & Energy by Legal 500 2011, UAE.

Peers say Bimal Desai is “someone we all rate very, very highly”, while clients like his “understanding of the finance market in the region, prompt execution and clear, helpful advice”. (Chambers Global 2011, UAE)

“Both peers and clients love working with banking head Bimal Desai and one source said: ’You’d be hard pressed to find a better project finance attorney in the region’.” (Chambers Global 2011, Middle East).

Professional qualifications

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 1991

Academic qualifications

LLB, University of Bristol, 1987

LLM, University of Cambridge, 1988

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