Financing any business venture creates unique transactional and compliance challenges. Whether you’re a startup, investor, corporate borrower or lender, you need a qualified attorney who knows how to traverse these barriers.

My extensive financial transactions experience includes advising startups, investors, lenders and borrowers on a wide range of financing transactions, including equity and debt investments, commercial loans with or without security packages, guarantees, letters of credit and other alternative lending structures, including covenant-lite loans and Shari’ah-compliant financing. I’ve also assisted teams acting for underwriters and issuers in large capital market transactions.

Startup financing

Startup companies need to take a distinctive path to raising funds. I can advise on financing through debt (promissory and convertible notes), SAFE, preferred equity, warrants, and options. I can also guide you through the legal process of working with incubators, angel investors, and venture funds, both domestically and internationally. If you’re working with a broker, I can review any agreement or engagement letters to make sure your best interests are being met.

I provide legal assistance with private placement of securities, including

Traditional financing

I can help you work with traditional and alternative lenders and borrowers on commercial loans, guarantees, letters of credit and related security interests and liens (including intellectual intellectual property liens and assignments).

My experience includes:

  • Acquisition finance
  • Asset finance
  • Asset-based lending
  • Corporate and syndicated lending
  • Investment funds
  • Islamic finance
  • Project finance
  • Real estate finance

Shari’ah-compliant financing

For international businesses or financial institutions, I am uniquely qualified to advise on Shari’ah-compliant financing. Earlier in my career, I worked as Head of Legal of an investment bank based in the Qatar Financial Centre.

Securities and Finance

Have a question about a business financing matter?

Schedule a consultation with Umar Farooq Esq.