Oliver Agha is a Professional Associate at Outer Temple Chambers based in the Middle East.
Oliver has had a 28-year legal career span during which time he has served as a lawyer/partner/equity partner at top AmLaw 100 firms, including at DLA Piper (Dubai), Clifford Chance (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Office) and Fulbright & Jaworski (now Norton Rose Fulbright) (in USA and Hong Kong). During his tenure at the large American and English firms, his practice areas focussed on international corporate & finance/projects law, including cross border M&A, project finance, Islamic finance, banking, asset-based securitizations, international restructurings, JVs, et al in China, Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, South Korea, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
He specialises in the interplay between Common Law, Civil Law and Islamic Law as these different legal systems intersect in the MENAT Region. He has advised clients, including governments/quasi-governmental bodies/entities, quasi-regulators, financial and Islamic financial institutions, corporates and high net worth individuals on cross border M&As, JVs, project finance, Islamic Law, Islamic Finance, corporate/commercial and complex cross-border disputes including those that impinge on Islamic/Regional Laws. He has also advised high net worth Islamic individuals with assets spread across the World on intestate planning. He has had experience working on deals in the MENAT Region alone aggregating well over US$50 billion and has been featured in leading lawyer publications, as well as in print and broadcast media.
Oliver has been recognized as an authority on Islamic Law/Finance – being the first Western trained lawyer to sit on the board of an Islamic Finance Regulator (Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI)) and having established the first Islamically compliant law firm with its own Shari’ah Board in 2008 (and which was recognized at one point as the leading Islamic Law Firm practice, globally). He has been published on Islamic Law and Finance topics including in leading Law Review Journals, given talks at prominent Universities, served as an expert witness on Islamic Law/Finance topics and issued Islamic legal opinions (where required with additional scholarly endorsement) based on analyses of Quranic text, Hadith (saying and actions of the Prophet (pbuh)) and leading scholarly perspectives.
Oliver Agha is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.
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French (working knowledge)
Mandarin (basic knowledge)