Nomaan Raja is the Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins’ Dubai office. Mr. Raja has a diverse practice helping clients execute corporate transactions in the Middle East, Africa, and beyond.

Nomaan Raja has extensive experience representing corporates, governments, government-related entities and investment banks, and other financial institutions in complex and multi-jurisdictional transactions, including award-winning debt and equity offerings, high-yield bond offerings, restructurings, and other corporate transactions.

Mr. Raja is recognized as a leading lawyer in debt capital markets by Chambers Global 2022 and is named in Who’s Who Legal (2014 - 2021) as a leading capital markets practitioner.

Mr. Raja’s experience includes representing:

Equity Capital Markets

  • The underwriters on the AED1.7 billion initial public offering of TECOM Group and listing of its shares on the Dubai Financial Market
  • The underwriters in Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco)’s US$29.4 billion initial public offering (the world’s largest ever initial public offering)
  • The joint bookrunners in relation to a secondary public offering of shares in Saudi Telecom Company (stc) by its majority shareholder, PIF
  • solutions by stc in relation to the Initial Public Offering of 24 million Ordinary Shares listed on Saudi Stock Exchange
  • The managers in the SAR 750 million advanced bookbuild sale of shares in The Saudi British Bank (SABB)
  • The Government of Pakistan in relation to the US$1 billion offering and sale of its shareholding in Habib Bank Limited, Pakistan’s largest bank, through a global offering of shares
  • Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank on its US$137 million rights issuance – the first tradeable rights issuance by a bank in the UAE

Debt Capital Markets

  • The arrangers and dealers in relation to the establishment of a Global Medium Term Note Programme by the Federal Government of the United Arab Emirates, acting through the Ministry of Finance, and the joint lead managers in relation to the issuance of US$4 billion Notes thereunder
  • Axian Telecom in its offering of US$420 million senior notes due 2027
  • The Government of Dubai in various updates of its US$5 billion euro medium term note program and US$6 billion trust certificate issuance program and issuances thereunder
  • The dealers in the establishment of a trust certificate issuance program by Saudi Aramco and issuance of US$6 billion certificates thereunder (the largest ever corporate Sukuk issuance)
  • The dealers in the establishment of a euro medium term note programme by Abu Dhabi Ports Company and issuance of US$1 billion notes thereunder
  • The initial purchasers in Liquid Telecom’s US$620 million senior secured notes offering
  • The dealers in the establishment and subsequent update of a global medium term note program by Saudi Aramco and issuances of US$12 billion notes (2019) and US$8 billion notes (2020) thereunder
  • The Oil & Gas Holding Company B.S.C. (c) (nogaholding) of Bahrain in relation to the establishment of its US$3 billion Trust Certificate Issuance Programme and its US$600 million debut sukuk issuance
  • The joint lead managers in Arab National Bank’s US$750 million Tier 2 sukuk offering
  • The underwriters in Saudi Basic Industries Corporation’s US$2 billion notes offering and US$1 billion notes offering
  • The underwriters in Saudi Electricity Company’s US$2 billion sukuk offering and US$1.5 billion “green” sukuk offering
  • Dana Gas in its tender offer and consent solicitation and issuance of new US$530 million sukuk and subsequent refinancing
  • The government of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with respect to the establishment of its GMTN Programme and its US$17.5 billion debut sovereign bond issuance, and subsequent issuance
  • Noor Bank on the establishment of its US$3 billion Sukuk program and subsequent inaugural issuance thereunder, as well as a Tier I Capital issuance
  • Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) on its US$400 million bond issuance
  • The joint lead managers of the issuance of $825 million senior secured bonds for the refinancing of the Shuweihat 2 independent power and water project in the UAE; awarded Middle East & Africa Bond Deal of the Year by Project Finance International 2013
  • Goldman Sachs International in relation to Topaz Marine’s successful refinancing of Senior Notes via the issuance of US$375 million 9.125% Senior Notes due in 2022
  • The joint lead managers of the issuance by IHS Nigeria of US$800 million 9.5% Senior Notes due 2021 and a concurrent tender offer and consent solicitation
  • MB Holding Company, an Omani oil and gas services company, in its offering of its US$320 million 11.25% senior notes due 2015

Bar Qualification

  • New York


  • LL.M., New York University, 2005
  • LLB, London School of Economics and Political Science, 1996

Languages Spoken

  • English