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Omar Salah

Senior Associate

  • Profession
    Advocaat, admitted to the Bar in the Netherlands
  • Expertise
    Finance and Restructuring, Insolvency
  • Languages
    Dari, Dutch, English, Hindi
  • Education
    Tilburg University; North-West University, South Africa; University of California, Berkeley; University of Oxford; University of Melbourne


Omar Salah specialises in finance, restructuring and insolvency. He has been involved in some of the most complex cross-border insolvencies globally. He has also worked on prominent bond debt restructurings. More recently, Omar had the lead in assisting a listed European retailer on its international debt restructuring, rescue financing and distressed M&A / divestment. He has also assisted one of the largest financial institutions of the Dutch Caribbean on its recovery and resolution and its Chapter 15 proceedings in the US.


Omar has advised on numerous leveraged financings, asset-based financings, syndicated loans and trading in non-performing loans. Before joining the Finance & Restructuring practice group, Omar was part of the Corporate Litigation and Insolvency practice group where he focused on Dutch Supreme Court, bankruptcy and corporate litigation as well as insolvency related matters.


He has practised law in Amsterdam, Singapore and London. From 2015 to 2018, Omar was based at the Singapore office of De Brauw. Previously, he was seconded to the London office of King & Spalding.


In 2016, he was recognised as one of the leading 35 lawyers under the age of 35 in the official journal of the Netherlands Bar Association (Advocatenblad). Clients applaud him for showing “composure when situations were quite intensive and full of tension” and for “a near encyclopedic understanding of the complicated facts of the matter and being deeply involved in strategy discussions as well“.


Omar completed the post-academic specialization course for insolvency and restructuring professionals INSOLAD/Grotius (cum laude) in 2018. He is a member of INSOL International, INSOL Europe and INSOLAD as well as the International Bar Association. He is also one of the International Correspondents for the Journal of International Banking Law & Regulation.


Before joining De Brauw, Omar worked as a researcher and lecturer on corporate finance law, property law and insolvency law at Tilburg University from 2009 to 2011. He holds a PhD in sukuk (Islamic securities) and has been a Visiting Professor of Islamic finance law at IE Business School in Madrid, Spain.

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