Kamran Bajwa handles highly complex international legal matters with a focus on matters relating to the Middle East and emerging markets. He has extensive experience in all areas of corporate law including securities regulations, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, investment funds, corporate finance and Islamic finance. In addition to his international transactional work, Kamran represents U.S. private equity sponsors for investment fund and U.S. domestic acquisition related work.

Prior to rejoining Kirkland in 2011, Kamran spent eight years as a corporate lawyer and business advisor in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Cairo, Egypt. His experience during this time included serving as the Chief Legal Officer for the leading investment bank in the MENA region, where he established the first in-house legal department and led several major new product launches, investment fund formations and corporate acquisitions.

Kamran has been recognized repeatedly for his global legal work. In October 2014, Kamran received the Legal Excellence Award from the IL Diversity Council. In 2012, he was selected to the “Emerging Leaders Program” by the Chicago Council of Global Affairs, a two-year program that recognizes young leaders taking steps to help Chicago compete in the global market. In 2008, Kamran was selected as a finalist for a prestigious global legal award (ILO) in recognition of his work.

In addition to his law firm and in-house experience, Kamran has served as an advisor to major international NGOs in the U.S., Europe, and Middle East and is fluent in several languages.


Thought Leadership


"Bankruptcy Reform in Saudi Arabia: Bridging Islamic Law and Modern Bankruptcy?" The Bankruptcy Strategist, December 2016

"CHAPTER 11: Joint Ventures, Part II: Structures and Terms," AFIRE Guide to US Real Estate Investing

"Arcapita and the Need for Mideast Restructuring Regimes," Insol World, Fourth Quarter 2014

"Lost in Translation: Unique Due Diligence Challenges that Arise in Middle East Business Transactions," Inside the Minds: Business Due Diligence Strategies, June 2013

Press Mentions

"Opportunity and Complexity in the Middle East," Law Quadrangle, Spring/Summer 2018


Speaker, "Hawkamah Judicial and Financial Colloquium," Dubai, UAE, March 2014


Lecturer at University of Chicago Law School

Memberships & Affiliations

Board Member, Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism, University of Chicago

Fellow, Emerging Leaders Program, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Member, US Naval War College Foundation, Newport, RI


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1999Illinois


  • English
  • Arabic
  • Punjabi


  • University of Michigan Law SchoolJ.D.1999
    Independent Studies in Arabic Language and Islamic Law, Cairo, Egypt
  • University of MichiganB.A., Sociology1994