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  1. Banking and finance
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

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    • Ali Abedi - Hatem Abbas Ghazzawi & Co.
    • Abdulaziz Al-Abduljabbar - Clifford Chance LLP
    • Ahmed Butt - Hammad Al-Mehdar & Co in alliance with Simmons & Simmons LLP
    • Julian Johansen - Khoshaim & Associates in cooperation with Allen & Overy LLP
    • Bilal Kahlon - Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in Association with Baker McKenzie Limited, Legal Advisors

In keeping with its leading global reputation for finance, Clifford Chance LLP acts on some of the largest deals in the market; it recently advised a group of 30 global and regional lenders on a $10bn revolving credit facility to Saudi Aramco; acted for Saudi Aerospace Engineering Industries as borrower on the SAR3.5bn financing of an aircraft complex; and advised National Commercial Bank on the SAR1.1bn loan facility provided to Saudi Industrial Beverages Company to fund the construction of a Pepsi bottling plant. Paul Latto and Abdulaziz Al-Abduljabbar jointly lead the practice, which provides ‘reliable and accurate advice coupled with insight on what the industry and market is doing’.

Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in Association with Baker McKenzie Limited’s expertise spans project finance, Islamic finance and receivables finance. Its impressive client roster features all major Saudi Arabian banks and many key corporates, including Saudi Binladin Group, ACWA Power International and Saudi Iron and Steel Company. Basel Barakat and Julie Alexander are the key contacts in Jeddah, with Bahrain-based Bilal Kahlon and Ian Siddell, who divides his time between Bahrain and Qatar, also being key names to note.

Salman Al-Sudairi, Law Office of, in association with Latham & Watkins LLP has handled a number of high-profile acquisition financings, including assisting Takween Advanced Industries with a SAR1.3bn murabaha financing following its acquisition of Savola Packaging. Salman Al-Sudairi was part of the team that advised JPMorgan, Samba Financial Group and Saudi British Bank, as mandated lead arrangers, in connection with a SAR3.2bn murabaha bridge financing of National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia. Harj Rai and London-based Craig Nethercott are recommended.

Khoshaim & Associates in cooperation with Allen & Overy LLP has an outstanding reputation for handling complex project financings across multiple jurisdictions. Strongly recommended practice head Julian Johansen advised Riyad Bank and The Saudi British Bank on the SAR1.2bn murabaha financing of National Industrialization Company. Johansen and recently recruited counsel Karim Wali are building a real estate finance practice.

Law Firm of AlSalloum and AlToaimi in association with White & Case LLP is advising on a number of high-value project financing transactions covering real estate, a petroleum refinery and a petrochemicals complex. Clients include China Development Bank, The Economic City and Saudi Aramco. Doug Peel and Antoine cousin are the key finance partners.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in association with the Law Firm of Salah Al-Hejailan has an impressive client roster of borrowers and lenders, including Samba Financial Group, TPG Capital, Banque Saudi Fransi and Saudi Telecom Company, with recent work including a big-ticket aircraft refinancing. Rodger Murray and Dubai based Counsel William Coleman are the key contacts. Tobias Müller-Deku resigned from the partnership in July 2015 to become a sole practitioner; Dubai-based global head of Islamic finance Tarek El-Assra joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in September 2015.

Hammad Al-Mehdar & Co in alliance with Simmons & Simmons LLP has particular expertise in acting for Islamic and conventional financial institutions and asset managers on regulatory matters. It also handled a number of contractor financings on social infrastructure projects. Clients include Société Générale, Morgan Stanley, Islamic Development Bank and Banque Saudi Fransi. Highly regarded Islamic finance specialist Ahmed Butt is the key contact in the recently opened Riyadh office, and has notable experience in shari’ah-compliant structured finance or real estate finance, as well as murabaha-based contractor financing transactions. Dubai-based Muneer Khan is another name to note.

Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni In association with Dechert LLP has a longstanding track record of acting on big-ticket project finance transactions. Among other matters, it advised the Saudi Binladin Group on a number of financing arrangements, including a SAR6.4bn shari’ah-compliant multi-option facilities arrangement. Rahul Goswami and Firas Sawaf also advised ACWA Power, Samsung, Saudi Electric Company and Al Mourjan for Electricity Production on the financing arrangements for the Rabigh II independent power project.

Hatem Abbas Ghazzawi & Co.’s ‘top-notch’ team regularly receives instructions from international law firms on cross-border project financings. The team, led by Ali Abedi, continues to advise Dow and Sadara Chemical Company on a number of loan facilities provided by an export credit agency (ECA) to finance a petrochemicals complex in Jubail. It also acted as local counsel to the lender on certain aircraft financing transactions, as well as representing clients in contentious banking matters. Asad Abedi shows ‘technical and practical knowledge’.

King & Spalding in affiliation with the Law Office of Mohammad Al-Ammar advises regional and international clients on conventional and shari’ah-compliant finance matters, variously including acquisition, asset and construction finance transactions. Leveraging the team throughout the region, the team has particular experience in cross-border financings, particularly in the energy, real estate and funds sectors. Jawad Ali assisted Dalma Energy on its $313m refinancing of 22 oil rigs and $77m financing acquisition of three rigs to be leased to Saudi Aramco. Another highlight saw the team advising Société Générale in a shari’ah-compliant credit receivable securitisation by Fawaz Alhokair Group. Zaid Al-Farisi and Nabil Issa are also key contacts.

Law Office of Mohanned bin Saud Al-Rasheed in association with Baker Botts L.L.P. regularly advises financial institutions on a wide range of commercial and regulatory matters, including banking litigation. It has been advising The Saudi Investment Bank on its first three limited recourse real estate financings and continues to advise Saudi Electricity Company on the financing of an independent power project. Stephen Matthews and Shadi Haroon are key contacts.

Al Tamimi & Company advises lenders, borrowers and international law firms on a broad range of finance transactions and arrangements. Glenn Lovell has particular expertise in advising international banks on cross-border lending transactions. Clients include Standard Chartered, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Emirated NBD and ICICI Bank.

DLA Piper Saudi Arabia advised a private investment firm on a shari’ah-compliant mezzanine banking facility. Husam El-Khatib was part of the team that advised Laureate Education on SAR129m and SAR100m commodity murabaha loan facilities as well as its SAR120m bond guarantee facility with Banque Saudi Fransi.

Looaye Al-Akkas at The Law Office of Looaye M. Al-Akkas in Association with Vinson & Elkins LLP advises corporates, financial institutions and family entities across a broad range of sectors on local and cross-border loan and financing mandates.

The Law Office of Montaser Al Mohammed Al Yaqoub Attorneys & Legal Advisers in association with Hogan Lovells has strong project finance experience, particularly in the construction, energy and education sectors. The firm has an outstanding reputation in Islamic finance globally, and Imran Mufti is advising a lender on an istisna-ijara facility.

Law Offices of Dr Mujahid M. Al-Sawwaf advises financial institutions on conventional and Islamic financings and is often instructed as local counsel alongside leading international firms. David Wells is highly regarded.

The Law Firm of Wael A. Alissa in association with SNR Denton & Co handles conventional and Islamic finance transactions. Of counsel Mahmoud Abdel-Baky acts for financial institutions and corporations on project finance mandates and Islamic finance.

Al-Ghazzawi Professional Association advises lenders and borrowers on a wide range of international and domestic financing transactions, both conventional and Islamic. The team also has experience in debt restructurings, banking regulations and compliance issues.

Mikwar & Akkad Law Firm (MAK) has a strong Islamic finance practice with experience in matters including mudaraba, murabaha and tawarak agreements. Managing partner Sharif Fareed Akkad is the key contact.

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