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Nada Jarnaz is pragmatic, easy to deal with, extremely responsive and very practical.

Legal 500 2021

Nada Jarnaz is Head of Banking at Howard Kennedy. Nada acts for lenders and investors on all aspects of their debt financing needs and her experience spans across the full spectrum ranging from bilateral, syndicated, senior and mezzanine facilities to cross-border transactions and bond issuance agreements.

Nada has a versatile skill set across a range of industries and sectors.  Within the field of real estate finance, Nada acts for both lenders and investors on their investment and development facilities, across the residential and commercial sectors, with a particular focus on PRS/Build to Rent, hotels and student accommodation.

Nada also advises clients on corporate restructurings, distressed debt sales, corporate finance/working capital facilities, and acquisition finance matters.

She is a recognised leading Islamic finance expert acting for a number of Sharia-compliant financiers as well as investors who look to source finance from them. 

Nada has an international background and has spent periods of time during her career working in the Middle East, both of which equip her with an invaluable cultural understanding of her international clients and counterparties.  

Nada is pragmatic, diplomatic and a good negotiator.

Recent work
  • Acting for a UK developer on £200m of facilities made available to finance the development of a landmark 600 unit residential and PRS scheme in West London.
  • Acting for a Middle Eastern Bank in connection with a US$200m Sharia-compliant commodity murabaha facility made available to a trading company for working capital purposes
  • Acting for an international investor on a US$225m facility made available to it by a German Bank to finance a regeneration project in Royal Docks which includes the construction of 3,000 new homes.
  • Acting for a number of participating lenders in connection with a £360m facility secured by a portfolio of Holiday Inns across the UK and Scotland.
  • Acting for a syndicate of UK clearing banks in connection with a £70m facility made available to an offshore group of companies to finance a portfolio of business parks across the UK.
Listed as Key Lawyer, Real estate: Property finance, Legal 500 2022

"Nada Jarnaz is extremely responsive and very practical. She has excellent client-handling skills, coupled with a personal approach and the ability to manage complex property finance transactions. She is a delight and pleasure to deal with." Legal 500 2022

"I have also worked with Nada Jarnaz, who is very strong in real estate generally, including Islamic finance matters involving real estate. She is a thorough, creative and highly experienced commercial lawyer whom I would trust with any deal regardless of its complexity. I have consistently found her to be a strong performer, with a clear focus on getting the deals done for her clients." Legal 500 2022

Listed as Key Lawyer, Real estate: Property finance, Legal 500 2021

"She is diligent, commercial and very user-friendly. Nada is simply a very good lawyer who is also extremely knowledgeable and does not get bogged down in minutiae." Legal 500 2021
Did you know
Nada is a Level 1 qualified fencing coach.


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