Arshad Ahmed


Arshad is a trusted partner and advisor to enterprises around the world. In 2012, he transitioned from big law partner to launching Elixir Capital, a global venture capital fund manager. Elixir Capital began in 2014 investing in fast-growing, tech-enabled enterprises throughout the stretch of southern Asia, not to mention his home locale of Silicon Valley. Before launching Elixir Capital, Arshad was a partner based in the San Francisco Bay Area offices of the AmLaw 10 firm, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, which was recognized by PitchBook’s Decade Report as the top private equity law firm of the 2000s. He has substantial experience globally in venture capital and private equity activities, mergers, acquisitions, buyouts, divestitures, corporate governance, banking, and has long been a proponent of financing strategies based on equitable profit-and-risk sharing. He teaches courses globally on Private Equity, Venture Capital, and Business Associations, and most recently taught the course Introduction to Private Equity and Venture Capital at Wake Forest University in North Carolina and at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. Arshad is also recognized as a leading critic of Shari’ah-related investment practices and contemporary Islamic banking and finance, in which regard he serves as adjunct professor at University of California law schools. He speaks on matters pertaining to the intersection of Shari’ah law with contemporary business transactions, and takes a special interest in the origins of venture capital and private equity arising out of the Islamic mercantile tradition. The recent emergence of Shared Earnings Agreements as an alternative to the VC model is of particular interest given their overlap with traditional partnership contracts in the Islamic world.

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