Fawaz specialises in investment fund formation matters and corporate matters. His clients include venture capital, private equity and hedge fund managers based in the MENA region.
Fawaz manages and drives MENA growth initiatives and provides investment fund and corporate structuring advice to clients. He has over 20 years' experience advising investment funds, their managers and their onshore counsel on their structuring, formation, corporate governance and ongoing operational matters as well as broad experience advising clients on private equity financings.
His clients also include family offices and entrepreneurs, with a strong network of clients and collaborators in the MENA region and Canada. His investment funds practice has been recognised by Chambers Global, Who’s Who Legal, MENA Fund Manager and Legal 500.
Prior to working with Collas Crill, Fawaz was partner and head of the Dubai office of another leading offshore firm where he practised Cayman, BVI and Bermuda law from their DIFC office from 2007 to 2018. From 2018 to 2022, he was a consultant at a boutique Cayman law firm he co-founded. His onshore corporate, corporate finance and investment funds experience includes working for Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSIB - Montreal office) and global law firm Clifford Chance (London office). He also advises as counsel a leading ADGM and DIFC (UAE) law firm on local investment fund formation matters.
Fawaz has an LLB (Common Law with Distinction) from McGill University and an LLB (Civil Law, Deans’ List, second year) from Université de Montréal. He is a member of the Québec Bar Association (Canada) and admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales (non-practising).
*not admitted in the Cayman Islands, admitted in England and Wales (non-practising) and Québec, Canada
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