M. Shams Billah has been recognized by The Deal as a Rising Star corporate attorney that maintains a broad finance practice. He is one of the few practioners that equally represents both lenders and borrowers in general finance matters and specialty finance areas such as private credit transactions, Islamic finance and art law finance. In general finance, he has counseled on transactions that have won deal of the year awards by Global M&A Network and in Islamic finance, he has counseled on transactions that have won Middle East deal of the year awards.
In the general debt field, while Shams has robust experience in acquisition financings, he provides full service representation on the entire life cycle of a debt transaction, from structuring and negotiating early stage venture debt to more mature leveraged finance deals for middle market and publicly traded companies through and including debt restructurings and workouts.
In addition, Shams is one of the premier thought leaders in the United States in the niche practice area of Islamic finance where he has lectured throughout the country on the topic.
Shams started out his career not in law, but in investment banking at Lehman Brothers where he developed his deep understanding of how banks, insurance companies and non-bank lenders work internally and where he honed his commercial and business-minded approach to deal making and closings. Prior to joining Hughes Hubbard, Shams was a corporate finance attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York. In the past decade, Shams has advised on over $250 billion of transactions for lenders and corporate borrowers globally.
Highlighted Corporate Credit Facility Matters
Highlighted Private Equity, Public M&A and Acquisition Financing Matters
Highlighted Restructuring and Distressed Financing Matters
Highlighted Energy and Project Finance Matters
Highlighted Islamic Finance Matters