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Fawaz Elmalki

Global Advisory Council

Iliad Partners


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Fawaz is Founder and Counsel at Venture One Legal, a Cayman Islands boutique law firm. He is also Counsel at Support Legal, a law firm based in the United Arab Emirates, where he leads the Firm’s investment funds practice.

He has 20+ years of experience in offshore corporate law and corporate finance, specializing in investment funds, in particular venture capital funds, private equity funds, real estate funds and hedge funds. He represents funds, and their sponsors, in connection with their formation and also represents institutional investors in such funds. 

Fawaz was formerly partner at Conyers Dill & Pearman and Head of their Dubai office where he advised on Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands and Bermuda law matters, with extensive experience in dealing with companies and investors in the MENA region. Previously, he trained and qualified in Canada before gaining finance and corporate law experience with Clifford Chance in London and Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) in Montréal. 

His offshore practice is recognized in the legal industry: 

  • Leading Offshore Lawyer, Chambers Global 2010 to 2018

  • Who's Who Legal, Private Funds 2016, 2017, 2018

  • Leading Lawyer, MENA Fund Manager 2011 to 2017

  • Leading Lawyer, Legal 500, 2010 to 2017


Fawaz received a LLB in Common Law from McGill University and a LLB in Civil Law from Université de Montréal. He is fluent in Arabic, English and French. 

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