Mohammed Paracha

Head of Middle East
Norton Rose Fulbright (Middle East) LLP

Dubai
United Arab Emirates
T:+971 4 369 6311
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
T:+971 4 369 6311
Mohammed Paracha

Mohammed Paracha

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Biography

Mohammed is a banking and finance lawyer based in Dubai. He is Head of Middle East, as well as head of our Islamic finance practice for the Middle East and Africa.

Mohammed has been active in the Middle East for nearly 20 years, having worked in our London and Bahrain offices before moving to Dubai in 2011. He became Head of our Middle East practice in January 2021.

His practice focuses on all types of Islamic Finance covering a wide range of asset types, investment classes and industrial sectors. With a background in asset and project finance, he advises on Sharia compliant asset finance, trade finance, real estate finance and project financings. He also advises on the structuring of Islamically acceptable investment funds and has advised on the establishment of new Islamic financial institutions in various countries. Mohammed also has strong relationships with many of the internationally renowned Sharia scholars and is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars on Islamic finance topics.

Mohammed is the project lead on the on-going Islamic Codification Project for Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC). A further highlight of Mohammed's career includes being appointed to the Bank of England's Committee on Islamic Finance which then paved the way for London to become a key global hub in the industry.

Mohammed is recognised as a Band 1 key individual by Chambers Global Directory 2021, describing him as "a highly distinguished name in Islamic Finance". Clients depict him as "always available and accessible," with one peer adding "Clients always rate him highly," and another describing him as "one of the strongest Islamic finance lawyers I've come across". Mohammed is also recognised as a "stand out lawyer" by Acritas Star 2020, as "highly regarded" by IFLR 1000 2020, and as a "leading individual" in Banking & Finance: Corporate Finance (Including Islamic Lending) by Legal 500 EMEA 2020.

Mohammed's clients include multi-lateral development banks (Islamic Development Bank, International Finance Corporation, Asian Development Bank, Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) and ICIEC), commercial banks (BNP Paribas, HSBC, SCB, Bank ABC and SMBC) and regional banks (Dubai Islamic Bank, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Emirates NBD and Mashreqbank).

Mohammed is fluent in Urdu and Punjabi.


Professional experience

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  • Solicitor, qualified in England & Wales
  • Urdu
  • Punjabi