Latham & Watkins Grows Leading Finance Department in Chicago

Zulf Bokhari, Mohammed Shaheen and Steve Barr bring experience representing leading financial institutions in the syndicated loan markets.

April 08, 2015

Chicago…Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce a team of esteemed bank finance lawyers has joined the firm’s Chicago office. Zulfiqar (“Zulf”) Bokhari and Mohammed Shaheen have joined the firm as partners in the Finance Department and Stephen (“Steve”) Barr has joined as counsel in the Finance Department. Combined, the three boast 40 years of experience representing financial institutions, including some of the world’s largest commercial and investment banks, on a broad range of syndicated and leveraged finance transactions.

Bokhari, Shaheen and Barr represent leading financial institutions in the syndicated loan markets with regard to structuring and syndication of senior credit facilities, including acquisition, recapitalization, bridge, working capital, asset-based and other domestic, cross-border and multi-currency financings.

“Zulf, Mohammed and Steve further bolster our firm’s market-leading bank finance practice,” said Brad Kotler, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in Chicago and a partner in the firm’s Banking Practice. “For over thirty years, clients have turned to lawyers in our office to help with their most complicated financings. The addition of these three senior banking practitioners enhances our already very deep finance bench in Chicago.”

Richard Levy, Global Co-Chair of the firm’s Finance Department and a partner in its Chicago office, added, “This team brings exceptional skills and a depth of experience working with some of the world’s leading financial institutions. Their work representing clients in the syndicated loan markets has earned them excellent reputations in the industry. Zulf, Mohammed and Steve are fantastic additions to our global practice and we welcome them to the firm.”      

Bokhari received his J.D. from Notre Dame Law School and a B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame. Shaheen received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School and a B.A., with honors, Phi Beta Kappa, from The University of Chicago. Barr received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, magna cum laude.

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Notes to Editors  
1 Latham & Watkins operates as a limited liability partnership worldwide with affiliated limited liability partnerships conducting the practice in the United Kingdom, France and Italy and affiliated partnerships conducting the practice in Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. Latham & Watkins practices in Saudi Arabia in association with the Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi.

Brad Kotler, Office Managing Partner, Chicago, +1.312.876.7651
Rick Levy, Global Co-Chair, Finance Department, +1.312.876.7692

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