Kenneth Aboud


Allen & Overy
50 Collyer Quay
#09-01 OUE Bayfront
Singapore 049321

Tel: +65 6671 6111
Fax: +65 6671 6000


Kenneth is a New York-qualified attorney. He heads our International Capital Markets practice in Singapore. Over the past 18 years in Asia, Ken has led numerous complex and novel equity, debt, and equity-linked securities transactions throughout Asia. He has advised on numerous equity and debt offerings throughout South and Southeast Asia. Ken also has extensive experience in Islamic financing capital market transactions.

Ken is highly-regarded as a leading lawyer in the Asian capital markets. He has been named one of Singapore’s leading capital markets lawyers in The Asia Pacific Legal 500. He has also been ranked as a Band 1 leading individual in Capital Markets in Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific.

Professional qualifications

-Admitted to the bar, State of New York, USA, 1991

Academic qualifications

-BBA, Concordia University, 1985

-LLB, BCL, McGill University, Montreal, 1989

-LLM, New York University, 1990

Published work

-Islamic financing – an introduction’, Asian Financial Law Briefing, 2002, with Hooman Sabeti-Rahmati.

-An Update on Securitization in Japan’, Asia Law and Practice, 1998, with Christopher Lewis and William Chernenkoff.

-Securitization in the United States’, Asia Law and Practice, 1997, with Joshua Raff.

-Securitization in Indonesia: A Financing Alternative’, Asia Law and Practice, 1997, with M. Tamara Box.

-Extraterritoriality and Securities Law: Canadian and United States Perspectives’, 1990, A Report for the Canadian Council on International Law and the Canadian Federal Department of Justice, (assisting author).

Our capital markets practice covers the full range of capital markets products and incorporates specialists in debt and equity capital markets, derivatives and structured finance, securitisation, corporate trust and agency and high yield.

Few practices can match our award-winning, top tier position across the full range of capital market products. With such a deep bench of specialists and global reach, international and industry-leading ‘first-of-a-kind’ transactions are our hallmark. We have been instrumental in nearly all the major developments in the capital markets, starting with the first ever eurobond issue in the 1960s.

Integrated into our capital markets practice is a group of U.S. corporate finance lawyers who specialise in U.S. securities law advice, enabling us to advise on U.S. law aspects of transactions anywhere in the world. In addition, a number of our lawyers play leading roles in our cross-practice Islamic Finance group.

The past few years have been the most challenging in the history of international financial markets and have required fresh thinking as the markets adjust to the continually changing economic, political and regulatory conditions. Renowned for our intellectual rigour, our capital markets lawyers draw on deep product expertise and regularly work alongside our regulatory, banking and finance, litigation, restructuring and other specialist teams to develop innovative solutions for our clients, often incorporating precedent-setting financing techniques that lead the industry.

That is why over 800 corporate and financial institution participants in the financial markets entrust us with the full range of their domestic and cross-border transactions.

We’ll do that by staying one step ahead and by constantly challenging ourselves to bring new and original ways of thinking to the most complex legal challenges our clients face.

Over the past year we have worked with some of the world’s most sophisticated businesses on market-leading transactions that have changed their industries. This includes, advising on the largest oil refinery project in Vietnam (Nghi Son) and the joint venture between H.C. Starck and Vietnam’s largest private sector company, Masan Group; the ground-breaking creation of Abu Dhabi’s first Financial Free Zone, the Abu Dhabi Global Market; and representing Novartis in its successful patent battle with MedImmune over Novartis’s blockbuster drug Lucentis – to name just a few achievements.

We are able to build on the foundations of our long heritage to attract the most talented people and develop the high-performance culture necessary to innovate and change the face of business.

Our commitment to help our clients deliver their global strategies has seen us build a truly global network now spanning 44 offices in 30 countries. We have also developed strong ties with relationship law firms in more than 100 countries where we do not have a presence.

This network has allowed us to become one of the largest and most connected law firms in our peer group with a global reach and local depth that is simply unrivaled.

So when we talk about global coverage, we’re not just talking about having offices in some important cities around the world. We mean being able to combine our international resources and sector expertise to work on cross-border transactions directly in the markets and regions important to our clients.


Managing partner and practice head Ken Aboud has a broad practice that includes debt and equity offerings, Islamic finance and securities work. He is much respected for his long-standing experience in the Asian market.
Chambers Asia & Pacific, 2014