LeaderShip

Mr. Awan is the Chairman of J. Awan & Partners and is responsible for providing strategic guidance and oversight to the Firm. He brings with him over 45 years of litigation and advisory experience and is regarded an authority on civil and constitutional matters.


During his long career, he has advised governments, financial institutions and civil bodies on significant matters of national and economic interest. Mr. Awan is one of the highly regarded litigators in Pakistan and has previously served as the Vice President of the Supreme Court Bar Association.


Mr. Awan is also the Chairman and benefactor of the S&S foundation. S&S foundation focuses on providing free and quality education to underprivileged children and uplifting rural and underdeveloped areas all around the world.


Mr. Awan holds a Master’s in English Literature and an LLB from the University of Sindh. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Punjab.


Jehanzeb is the founding partner and chief executive of J. Awan & Partners and has the overall responsibility for driving the business strategy of the firm. Jehanzeb is also the chief client officer responsible for the overall client portfolio of the firm.


Jehanzeb is a frequent speaker at various risk management and compliance industry events and enjoys strong relationships with all of the key regulators in the region.


Prior to establishing J. Awan & Partners, Jehanzeb was the Regional Head of Compliance for Morgan Stanley’s business in the MENA region. Prior to that, Jehanzeb was the Head of Compliance for the National Bank of Dubai (now Emirates NBD). Jehanzeb started his career with Hornblower & Weeks in New York and subsequently worked with Raymond James & Associates in Philadelphia.


Jehanzeb graduated with a BSC and received a Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arizona. Jehanzeb is a member of the International Compliance Association and a member of the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists.

Ian is the Director in the Compliance and Finance practice of the Firm. Prior to joining J. Awan & Partners, Ian has worked in the MENA region for nearly 20 years mostly as Chief Operating Officer in financial organizations providing investment services including the hedge-fund providers Man Investments and ISAM-ME. He has held numerous roles as licensed Compliance Officer, M.L.R.O., Finance Officer and Director within regulated investment firms in the G.C.C., while also taking responsibility at various levels for risk mitigation, governance, internal audit and operational planning.


Ian started his career with the United Kingdom tax authority covering a broad spectrum of activities including financial accounting, legal tax compliance and investigation including forensics and record keeping. He has shepherded regulatory applications in G.C.C. member countries while putting in place both trading entities and investment structures in a number of the more traditional domiciles.


His firsthand experience of controlling office setups, creating and implementing effective business controls and policies in territories including U.A.E., Bahrain and Qatar, allied with practical experience of discharging regulatory requirements brings a perhaps unique perspective to the firms mission and enforces its desire to best bend its services to client needs.

Simon is an Associate Director in the Compliance and Risk Management practice and is also the head of the firm’s Abu Dhabi practice. Simon has over 25 years’ experience in financial markets regulation, corporate governance and complex financial crime investigation. Before joining J. Awan & Partners, Simon was a senior manager with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission where he was responsible for a range of major investigations and related litigation arising from corporate governance and compliance failures.


During his career, Simon has advised on matters relating to financial services regulation, corporate governance, financial crime, Compliance, Risk management, Anti-money laundering, foreign bribery, Cyber-crime, and Capital markets as well as Civil, administrative and criminal law. He also has experience in developing and implementing strategic business plans, operational policies and procedures and training programs.


Simon holds a Diploma in Financial Markets (Securities Institute of Australia) and a Graduate Diploma of Business Administration (Melbourne Business School - Mt Eliza Executive Education). He is also a qualified member of the Association of Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS).

Mr. Qasim is a renowned career banker in the Middle East with over 45 years of experience with international and local banks in the region. His extensive experience covers commercial and Islamic banking. He founded, co-founded, managed and held leading roles in several prominent financial institutions in the region. He spent a great deal of his career in two of the largest and international banking institutions, The First National Bank of Chicago and The Arab PLC Group. With extensive knowledge of the GCC and the Middle East markets, he led some institutions to recovery and founded new institutions. He spent most of the last thirty years in Qatar where he cofounded and managed two of the important and oldest Islamic banks in the country.


Under his stewardship, some of the banks he headed, have achieved a major successful turnaround to being profitable institutions with stable operations. In recognition of his achievements as General Manager, Qatar Central Bank “hailed Mr. Qasim for his role in restructuring and bringing one of the Qatari local banks to profitability in a record time and managing it through a period of financial difficulties”.


Islamic banking is one of his key areas of expertise that Mr. Qasim has mastered as part of his professional track record. He was one of the few senior bankers engaged with Islamic banks at the early stages of this industry’s development in the Middle-East region.

Yavar has over nineteen years of banking experience with international, supranational and regional institutions. Yavar was appointed senior Advisor in October 2013 with responsibility to cover Islamic Finance initiatives for the firm. Previously, he has been the Global Head of Islamic Finance at Morgan Stanley Dubai and has also headed the Islamic structured products area for Dubai Bank and Islamic banking at the National Bank of Dubai (now ENBD).


In addition, he has led and developed the Islamic Financial Services Group at Ernst & Young Bahrain, worked as an officer at the Islamic Development Bank and been part of the management team for a TMT focused private equity fund that was a JV between Deutsche Bank and The Investment Office (now Dubai Group). Recently he has also been appointed as Adjunct Professor of Islamic Finance at the IE Business School in Madrid.

Transactions:
Yavar has led landmark transactions such as
  • Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank's $1 billion hybrid Tier 1 sukuk which represents the first such issue by an Islamic bank globally.
  • PETRONAS's $1.5 billion five-year sukuk, which is one of the two largest global dollar straight sukuk issued by a corporate.
  • Tabreed’s Dh1.7 billion mandatory convertible sukuk, which was the first mandatory convertible sukuk in the United Arab Emirates.
  • Tamweel’s $220 million mortgage-backed sukuk, which represented the first true sale securitization in the United Arab Emirates.

In addition to such capital market transactions, Yavar has developed an extensive platform for the issuance of Shari'a compliant structured certificates for Morgan Stanley and has established funds aggregating in excess of $1.5 billion that have focused on real estate, private equity and infrastructure.

He also led Dubai Bank’s investment as a founding shareholder into Bank Islami Pakistan and served on the latter’s Board. Yavar also serves as Adjunct Professor of Islamic Finance at the IE Business School in Madrid, Spain.

Yavar has an MBA from the Stern Business School, New York University and a BA from the University of Warwick.