Kaamil Ansar Partner
Bangkok, Kingdom of Thailand
M.A., with Honors, 1982, Christ’s College, Cambridge University, England
LL.M., 1980, Cornell Law School, Ithaca, New York, United States
Barrister of Grays Inn, 1979, London, England
B.A., with Honors, 1978, Christ’s College, Cambridge University, England
Gordonstoun School, 1974, Elgin, Scotland (Guardian/Head of School)
Advocate High Court of Sindh, Karachi, Pakistan 1984
Attorney and Member New York Bar 1986
Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales 2012
Fellow and Regent of The American College of Commercial Financial Lawyers (2018/2021)
Fellow of The American Bar Foundation (2020)
Mr. Ansar is a Partner and founder of The Ansar Law Firm, a cross-border law firm with offices in New York.
Mr. Ansar is a specialist in energy and renewable energy, infrastructure and international project finance, cross-border mergers and acquisitions including private equity, privatizations and restructurings, corporate finance and complex financings. He also has extensive experience in Islamic and structured finance.
Mr. Ansar’s experience is diverse and has included representation of clients in the United States, the United Kingdom, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Hong Kong, Singapore and several countries in the Middle East including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the State of Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.
Mr. Ansar has worked across the length and breadth of Western and Eastern Europe, Africa, and Asia, in various developed and developing countries, including several emerging and frontier markets. See Multi-jurisdictional Experience and related illustrative experience maps.
Mr. Ansar has held senior level or partner positions at two of the largest and most successful U.S. global law firms.
Mr. Ansar has spent extensive time on the ground in Karachi, New York, London, New Delhi and Mumbai, Doha, and Riyadh in the course of his practice.
At his former firms, Mr. Ansar has been involved in the representation of the following global and other investment banking firms: Bear Stearns, Citigroup, The First Boston Corporation, Goldman Sachs, International Finance Corporation (IFC), JP Morgan, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, Nomura, Robert Fleming, and Tucker Anthony & R.L. Day. Mr. Ansar has also worked extensively with Credit Suisse First Boston in connection with the issuance of several offerings of debt and equity by an issuer.
1970 – 1974: Gordonstoun
- Gordonstoun Hockey
- Gordonstoun Rugby
- Gordonstoun Tennis
- Captain of Tennis (1974)
- Gordonstoun Tennis Singles Champion (1974)
- Colors awarded in/or lettered in Hockey and Tennis (1974)
1975 – 1978 Christ’s College, Cambridge University
- First Team Hockey
- First Team Tennis
- Christ’s College, Cambridge University Intercollegiate Tennis Champions 1978
Public speaking engagements
Mr. Ansar has given the Sixth Form Lecture to the senior classes at Gordonstoun on the subject of “Taking your Gordonstoun Education to the Next Level.”
Mr. Ansar has spoken extensively at various conferences and similar events, including the following:
- In New Delhi and Mumbai, on behalf of various sponsors, including the International Bar Association, in connection with:
- Introduction to Project Finance
- Financing of Energy Projects in India
- Issues relating to the Financing of Power Projects in India
- In Saudi Arabia, on issues relating to the Financing of Energy and Other Infrastructure Projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
- In London, on the Financing of Energy Projects in the Middle East.
- In Montreal, Canada, April 2016, as a panelist on the subject of “Litigation, Insolvency and Other Things When Projects Go Bad”, sponsored by the Project Finance and Development Committee, Business Law Section, American Bar Association.
- In Austin, Texas, September 2018, as a panelist on the subject “Renewable Energy: Domestic and International Issues and Challenges”, sponsored by the Project Finance and Development Committee, Business Law Section, American Bar Association (Continuing Legal Education Program).
American Bar Association Member
- Business Law Section
- Banking Law Committee
- Corporate Governance Committee
- Federal Regulation of Securities Committee
- Legal Opinions Committee
- Mergers and Acquisitions Committee
- Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee
- White Collar Crime
- Project Finance and Development Committee
- Securitization and Structured Finance Committee
- Section of Environment, Energy and Resources Law
- Forum on Construction Law
- Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries
- Infrastructure and Regulated Industries Section
- Section of Intellectual Property Law
- Law Practice Division
- Section on Litigation
Mr. Ansar recently produced and directed a film titled “Pakistan Sport – A Winning Tradition” to raise funds for a cancer hospital in Pakistan. The film was broadcast on national network television in Pakistan.
The Critical Importance of Renewable Energy, Business Law Today, a publication of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, January 8, 2019.
Contributing Editor, Financing Renewable Energy Projects – A Global Analysis and Review of Related Power Purchase Agreements, January 9, 2019, a publication of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.
A Guide for Young Lawyers (and Others): Lessons from Professional Sports for the Law Business, a publication of Outskirts Press, Inc., December 16, 2019.
See “Our Firm – Recent Developments” above for more information on these publications.