Kamran Bajwa is a partner at the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago, IL where he leads the firm’s Middle East practice. He has extensive experience in all areas of corporate law including securities regulations, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, investment funds, corporate finance and Islamic finance. In addition to his international transactional work, Kamran represents U.S. private equity sponsors for investment fund and U.S. domestic acquisition related work. Prior to rejoining Kirkland in 2011, Kamran spent eight years as a corporate lawyer and business advisor in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Cairo, Egypt. His experience during this time included serving as the Chief Legal Officer for the leading investment bank in the MENA region, where he established the first in-house legal department and led several major new product launches, investment fund formations and corporate acquisitions.
In addition to his corporate law experience, Kamran teaches a course on Islamic Law at the University of Chicago Law School and has served as an advisor and board member for NGOs in Europe, Middle East, and the U.S. focused on issues of Islamic Thought. In October 2014, Kamran received the Legal Excellence Award from the IL Diversity Council and in 2012, he was selected to the “Emerging Leaders Program” by the Chicago Council of Global Affairs. Kamran is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.A., 94) (J.D., 99) and also completed a private study of Islamic Jurisprudence, Theology, and the Arabic language at the Al Azhar seminary in Cairo, Egypt from 1994-1996.