Umar is passionate about responsible and impact business and investment and the potential of partnerships among business and investment, philanthropy, and development. For nearly 20 years, Umar has provided legal advice on a variety of corporate and finance transactions. Much of his work has been on behalf of faith-based and other responsible sponsors, investors, and business owners seeking to create positive impact. Umar’s work includes structuring a variety of funds and investment vehicles, private equity and venture capital transactions, and a broad array of real estate initiatives, joint ventures and strategic alliances. Umar has represented clients in the energy, healthcare, technology, real estate, transport and logistics, and business services sectors across North America, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and East Asia. Umar is adjunct faculty at the University of Connecticut School of Law, Michigan State Law School, and Hartford Seminary. He teaches courses in Islamic law, business ethics, Islamic finance and investment, and halal food. He is author of, A Socially Responsible Islamic Finance: Character and the Common Good (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2017) and is published in a variety of academic and trade journals and has spoken at numerous forums.