Ayaz R. Shaikh is a partner in the New York office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. He has represented U.S. and foreign sponsors, lenders, contractors, government agencies and multilateral institutions in the development and financing of a wide range of infrastructure projects in the energy, petrochemical, telecom, steel, hotel, sports arena and other sectors. Mr. Shaikh has worked in over twenty countries in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Latin America on projects ranging in size up to US$4 billion. He advised the World Bank on the first investment of its Prototype Carbon Fund implementing the Kyoto Protocol, structuring the model agreement for future World Bank transactions.
Mr. Shaikh has published and lectured extensively on project finance issues, been a news, radio and television commentator on Middle East and South Asian affairs, and serves on several corporate and non-profit boards. He is a former law clerk to a U.S. Federal Court judge, a member of the Bar’s Council on International Affairs, and the New York Bar Association’s Project Finance Committee. Mr. Shaikh is a graduate of Yale College and Georgetown Law School, where he served as Notes Editor on the Law Review and was awarded a John M. Olin Law & Economics Fellowship. He has received commendations from the American Council on Germany, Rotary International, and the Asian American Bar Association. Prior to law school, Mr. Shaikh worked as an Analyst at Goldman Sachs & Co., and an Associate in the Derivatives Group at Bankers Trust Co.