Nabil Issa

Nabil Issa

King & Spalding


Nabil Issa is a partner in the Middle East and Islamic Finance Group of King & Spalding, working from the Dubai and affiliated Riyadh offices. Prior to joining King & Spalding, Mr. Issa worked for leading law firms in Dubai and Riyadh and was also an adjunct professor of business law at the University of Sharjah’s College of Business and Management. Mr. Issa also completed secondments in Houston and Washington, D.C., with another international law firm prior to joining King & Spalding.

Following graduation from the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Issa 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. Mr. Issa is proficient in Arabic as well as being fluent in English. Mr. Issa is highly ranked in the 2008-2016 editions of Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business for his corporate and funds work throughout the Middle East, particularly in both Saudi Arabia and the UAE. In addition, Mr. Issa is ranked in Band 1 for his work on investment funds in the Middle East by Chambers Global 2014-2016 and is also recommended as a leading lawyer in banking and financing matters in the Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa. Moreover, Mr. Issa was named among the “Leading Lawyers ” by Islamic Finance News in all 15 categories and is included in the inaugural 2008 and 2010 editions of Euromoney’s “Guide to the World’s Leading Islamic Finance Lawyers” and 2010 edition of Euromoney’s “Guide to the World’s Leading Emerging Markets Lawyers”. Mr. Issa was voted as the International Law Office winner of the Client Choice Award for Saudi Arabian finance matters for 2014.

Mr. Issa received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a Graduate Certificate in Islamic & Middle Eastern Law from the University of Pennsylvania. He received his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from the University of California at San Diego, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.