Amar Meher is counsel in the Riyadh office of Latham & Watkins where he is a member of the Finance Department. Mr. Meher's experience includes advising Middle East regional and international clients on conventional and Islamic finance, debt restructurings, debt capital markets and Shariah-compliant structured products, most notably Shari'ah-compliant investment funds. He has worked on numerous high profile Islamic finances across various product areas ranging from the bank market to capital markets.
Mr. Meher was recently named a Leading Lawyer by Islamic Finance news in 11 categories, including Asset Fund Management, Corporate and Commercial, Insolvency and Restructuring and Private Equity. He is also ranked as one of the world's outstanding practitioners for Islamic Finance and Investment Funds in Legal Media Group's Expert Guides 2012 to 2016. In addition, Mr. Meher is named The International Who's Who of Capital Markets Lawyers and Islamic Finance Lawyers 2013.
Mr. Meher was admitted as a legal practitioner to the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia in 2001. Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Meher worked in the Dubai, London and Sydney offices of leading international law firms.
Mr. Meher is a regular speaker at conventional and Islamic finance conferences and contributor to leading finance publications.
Mr. Meher's experience includes advising:
- SAR3.6 billion Islamic financing advanced by Alinma Bank to the Jeddah Economic City Real Estate fund in connection with the construction of the tallest tower in the world – Jeddah Tower - in Jeddah Economic City
- A subsidiary of the Al Hokair Group of Companies in connection with a SAR1.6 billion financing with respect to financing the construction of the largest mall in Jeddah
- A subsidiary of the Al Hokair Group of Companies in connection with a SAR1.97 billion financing with respect to financing the construction of the largest mall in Riyadh, the Mall of Arabia
- Arabian Centres Company Limited (ACCL) and Saudi FAS Holding Company (Saudi FAS) on a SAR4.6 billion murabaha financing
- Takween Advanced Industries on a SAR1.3 billion murabaha financing in connection with the acquisition of Savola Packaging Company
- JP Morgan, Samba Financial Group and Saudi British Bank, as mandated lead arrangers, in connection with a SAR3.2 billion murabaha financing for The National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri)
- Fawaz Abdulaziz Al Hokair & Co, the retail arm of the Al Hokair Group of Companies, in connection with a SAR1.5 billion Shari’ah-compliant financing. The financing comprised a SAR1 billion murabaha financing and a SAR500 million sukuk
- Kingdom Holding Company on its international debt financings
- Samba Financial Group in connection with various receivables financing arrangements most notably involving Abdul Latif Jameel group companies
- Alawwal Bank in connection with various receivables financing arrangements most notably involving Saudi Binladin Group
- The Creditors Committee on the financial restructuring of the largest steel manufacturer to date in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
- The Creditors Committee on the financial restructuring of the largest retail, food and confectionary to date in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
- The Creditors Committee on the financial restructuring of the largest pharmaceutical wholesaler to date in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia