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Kamar Jaffer


Kamar advises sponsors, managers, sovereign wealth funds (SWFs), institutional investors and family offices on structuring and establishing investment funds (including Shari’a compliant funds), fund investments, co-investments, segregated managed accounts, bespoke investment structures, joint ventures and cross-border M&A.

Kamar’s experience spans a broad range of sectors including private equity, debt, technology, infrastructure, real estate, venture capital, hospitality and healthcare sectors. 

Prior to joining the Firm, Kamar was Head of Legal for the Middle East and North Africa (including Turkey) for PineBridge Investments Middle East, a global multi-asset class manager, providing cross-jurisdictional legal advice across private equity, real estate and distribution of funds and global financial products.

Kamar’s experience in-house has provided her with a unique and first hand perspective on the structuring, establishment, regulatory aspects, marketing and closing of investment funds (including negotiations with key investors) and co-investment arrangements. 

Published Work

  • Editor (2013), “Investing in Emerging & Frontier Markets”, Euromoney Group
  • Editor (2012), “Investing in the MENA Region: Fast Track Opportunities for Growth”, Euromoney Group
  • Editor (2009), “Investing in the GCC Markets: New Opportunities in a Changing Landscape”, CPI Financial
  • Editor (2007), “Investing in the GCC Markets: Regional Opportunities and Challenges”, CPI Financial

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, M&A in the MENA Region, In-House Congress Dubai, 2010
  • Speaker, Saudi Equity Capital Markets, In-House Congress Dubai, 2012
  • Speaker, Fundraising in MENA, SALT Talks, 2021
  • Speaker, Growing your network and navigating tough conversations in the workplace, Women Power Podcast with Wafa Alobaidat, 2022
She is the person who deals with our ad hoc enquiries. She's good at providing that one-stop-shop client service; she is very responsive, hard-working and diligent.
Chambers Middle East Investment Funds, 2022
Kamar is resourceful, responsive, available, punctual in her feedback and takes time to both understand what we do and think outside the box.
Chambers Middle East Investment Funds, 2022



Admitted as a Solicitor (England and Wales), 2005


BPP Law School, Other, 2003, LPC

Kings College London, Other, 2002, LLB

Paris-Sorbonne University (IV), 2002, Maîtrise


French, English
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A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.