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At Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited, practice heads Ian Siddel and Karim Nassar provide ‘a very high-quality’ service. The ‘professional’ team recently acted as lead counsel for The Saudi Investment Bank on a $533.3m tier 1 capital sukuk issuance programme.

Mansoor Alhagbani heads the ‘very good’ practice at Clifford Chance LLP in association with Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm (AS&H), which advised Bank AlJazira, SambaCapital and JPMorgan on equity and debt capital markets matters. Omar Rashid is ‘excellent’.

The ‘flawless’ practice at Khoshaim & Associates in cooperation with Allen & Overy LLP provides ‘unsurpassed industry knowledge’ and ‘seamless advice’. The team, which is led by Zeyad Khoshaim, recently advised a consortium of international banks on the establishment of a SAR37.5bn domestic sukuk issuance programme for Saudi Aramco.

King & Spalding in affiliation with the Law Office of Mohammad Al-Ammar is active in conventional and shari’ah-compliant finance deals, and recently advised Riyad Capital on the first REIT in Saudi Arabia, valued at SAR500m, to be approved by the Capital Market Authority and listed on the Tadawul. Rizwan Kanji is the name to note.

Salman Al-Sudairi is the key partner at the Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi in association with Latham & Watkins LLP, which is well regarded for its experience in equity transactions. The team recently advised the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the establishment of its global medium term note programme and its $17.5bn debut sovereign bond issuance. Sami Al-Louzi left the practice to join The Law Firm of AlSalloum and AlToaimi in association with White & Case LLP.

Robert Vydra is the key contact at The Law Firm of AlSalloum and AlToaimi in association with White & Case LLP, which recently represented Saudi Aramco on the establishment of its first $10bn sukuk issuance programme. Sami Al-Louzi re-joined the firm from the Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi in association with Latham & Watkins LLP.

Fares Al-Hejailan at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in association with the Law Firm of Salah Al-Hejailan specialises in high-value equity transactions and ECM-related regulatory matters. Recent highlights include advising Al-Habib Medical Group and Saudi Airlines Cargo Company on their respective planned IPOs on the Tadawul.

The ‘personable and responsiveAsad Abedi heads the practice at Hatem Abbas Ghazzawi & Co., which provides ‘an excellent service’ and is respected for its debt capital markets expertise. Clients include the National Commercial Bank, SambaCapital, and Bank of America.

At Hammad Al-Mehdar & Co in alliance with Simmons & Simmons LLP, Ahmed Butt has expertise in regulatory issues and shari’ah compliance matters. Clients include Standard Chartered Bank, ABC Islamic Bank, and Samba Financial Group.

The team at Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni in association with Dechert LLP, which includes key partners Husam El-Khatib, Rahul Goswami and Firas Sawaf, recently advised Acwa Power and Nomac on various financing facilities relating to the $220m Noor photovoltaic solar power project.

Shearman & Sterling LLP in association with Dr Sultan Almasoud & Partners recently advised Raydan Cuisines & Restaurants Company on its IPO on the newly launched Nomu parallel market of the Saudi Stock Exchange. Sanjarbek Abdukhalilov and Sultan Almasoud are the names to note.

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