Nabil Issa


King & Spalding LLP

Nabil A. Issa is a partner in the Corporate, Finance and Investments Group of King & Spalding, working from the Dubai and affiliated Riyadh offices. Mr. Issa’s experience includes work in the areas of Shari’ah-compliant funds, joint ventures, foreign investment, private equity, privatizations, venture capital, and real estate industry transactions. He is particularly known for his development of innovative Shari-ah-compliant CMA funds and investment structures for real estate and private equity investments in Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E.

Nabil is regularly cited by independent legal directories and client-based surveys. Chambers Global 2020 highly ranks Nabil for his corporate and investment funds work in the Middle East and recognizes him as an expert in Saudi corporate and capital market matters. Chambers GlobaI, identifies Nabil as a “renowned M&A and investment funds practitioner who splits his time between Dubai and the firm’s associated office in Riyadh”. Clients describe him as an “excellent business lawyer” and commend him for “his knowledge and understanding of the business environment in Dubai and Saudi”, mentioning that this “makes him one of the most valuable mentors for business managers in the region.”

Moreover, Nabil is listed as a “Leading Individual” for his corporate work in the Middle East region by Legal500 EMEA 2019. He is listed among the “Leading Lawyers” by Islamic Finance News and IFLR1000 for his work in both Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Nabil is also included in the inaugural editions of Euromoney’s “Guide to the World’s Leading Islamic Finance Lawyers” as well as Euromoney’s “Guide to the World’s Leading Emerging Markets Lawyers”.

Following graduation from the University of Pennsylvania, Nabil was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to UAE University to study the effects of membership in the World Trade Organization on the financial laws of the United Arab Emirates. Nabil is proficient in Arabic as well as being fluent in English.