Arshad Ahmed is a partner and adviser to private equity and venture capital firms and enterprises around the world. In 2012, he co-founded Elixir Capital Management, a private equity fund manager. Before launching Elixir Capital, he was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis in San Francisco, where he focused on international corporate law, and a business counselor to private equity and venture capital firms. He has substantial experience in private equity mergers, acquisitions, buyouts, divestitures, corporate governance and business ventures, and has long been a proponent of financing strategies based on equitable profit and risk sharing. Professor Ahmed is also recognized as a leading authority in and critic of Shari'ah-related investment practices and contemporary Islamic banking and finance, and he has taught and spoken widely on the application of Shari'ah law in contemporary transactions. He also teaches on the adjunct law faculties of UC-Berkeley and UC-Hastings. At Vanderbilt, he co-teaches Introduction to Private Equity.