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Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in Association with Baker McKenzie Limited is singled out for its deep understanding of a client's business and its high-quality output. Recent highlights include acting for NCB Capital Company on a SAR2bn sukuk issuance by National Commercial Bank. Robert Eastwood, who joined from Khalid Al-Thebity Law Firm In Affiliation With Squire Patton Boggs, and Karim Nassar ‘add significant value to the legal and compliance matters at stake.

Clifford Chance LLP has experience in advising issuers, underwriters and arrangers on debt and equity mandates. Dubai-based Stuart Ure advised HSBC Saudi Arabia, which acted as joint lead manager and bookrunner, on a SAR5bn sukuk issuance by National Commercial Bank (NCB). On the equity front, Khalid Al-Abdulkareem is part of a cross-office team that is advising ACWA Power and Saudi Ground Services on their proposed IPOs on the Saudi stock exchange (Tadawul).

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in association with the Law Firm of Salah Al-Hejailan acts for a broad range of major Saudi companies and international financial institutions. Fares Al-Hejailan advised Al Habib Medical Group on its planned IPO on the Saudi stock exchange.

Salman Al-Sudairi, Law Office of, in association with Latham & Watkins LLP is a popular choice for handling complex sukuk transactions. On the equity front, the team displayed its credentials when it advised NCB on its $6bn IPO and listing on the Saudi stock exchange. Practice head Salman Al-Sudairi is highly regarded.

Khoshaim & Associates in cooperation with Allen & Overy LLP has experience in advising on international sukuk issuances, including publicly offered issuances and SAR-denominated private placements. Zeyad Khoshaim advised on the private placement of a SAR4bn sukuk by Riyad Bank.

Law Firm of AlSalloum and AlToaimi in association with White & Case LLP is advising various issuers and underwriters on sukuk programmes, proposed IPOs and attendant listings. Robert Vydra is a notable practitioner.

Hatem Abbas Ghazzawi & Co. has ‘excellent bench strength’ in its ‘highly responsive team’, which is advising on Sadara’s $2bn sukuk issuance, and acted for NCB on a tier 1 sukuk issuance. Asad Abedi is highly recommended.

Hammad Al-Mehdar & Co in alliance with Simmons & Simmons LLP advises Islamic and conventional financial institutions, as well as corporate and governmental bodies, on the full spectrum of Islamic capital markets products. Ahmed Butt heads the team.

At King & Spalding in affiliation with the Law Office of Mohammad Al-Ammar, Nabil Issa is advising Al Rajhi Cooperative Insurance Company on an increase in the company’s share capital through a rights offering on the Saudi stock exchange. Dubai-based Rizwan Kanji is also a key partner.

Looaye Al-Akkas at The Law Office of Looaye M. Al-Akkas in Association with Vinson & Elkins LLP advised Al Hammadi Company for Development and Investment on the successful offering of shares and listing on the Saudi stock exchange.

The Law Office of Montaser Al Mohammed Al Yaqoub Attorneys & Legal Advisers in association with Hogan Lovells has substantial experience of advising issuers and underwriters on major sukuk transactions. Imran Mufti is the key figure.

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