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  1. Commercial, corporate and M&A
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

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    • Asad Abedi - Hatem Abbas Ghazzawi & Co.
    • Johannes Bruski - Khoshaim & Associates in cooperation with Allen & Overy LLP
    • Andreas Haberbeck - Hatem Abbas Ghazzawi & Co.
    • Zeyad Khoshaim - Khoshaim & Associates in cooperation with Allen & Overy LLP
    • Stephen Matthews - Mohanned bin Saud Al-Rasheed in association with Baker Botts L.L.P., Law Office of
    • Karim Nassar - Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in Association with Baker McKenzie Limited, Legal Advisors
    • George Sayen - Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in Association with Baker McKenzie Limited, Legal Advisors
    • David Wells - Mujahid M. Al-Sawwaf (Dr), Law Offices of

Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in Association with Baker McKenzie Limited’s eminent reputation in the market was reflected in a deal list which included transactions for Saudi Binladin Group, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International and Shell. George Sayen, Karim Nassar and Zahi Younes are ‘practical, commercial and solution-oriented’.

Clifford Chance LLP fields a number of ‘most capable lawyers’, who demonstrate ‘strong understanding of the legal landscape backed by solid transactional experience’. The practice is jointly led by the highly regarded duo, Omar Rashid and Khalid Al-Abdulkareem. Recent deals include advising Public Investment Fund on the acquisition of a stake in a Korean company and a subsequent joint venture to establish an EPC contractor; it is also advising General Electric on the local competition and M&A aspects of its $17.1bn global acquisition of Alstom’s power business.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in association with the Law Firm of Salah Al-Hejailan has a prodigious record acting for clients in the food, retail and telecoms sectors, while acting for international banks on corporate restructuring is also another area of particular strength. Clients include Goldman Sachs, Fajr Capital, SABIC and Jadwa Investment. Fares Al-Hejailan is ‘highly experienced and commercially minded’.

Law Office of Mohanned bin Saud Al-Rasheed in association with Baker Botts L.L.P. is ‘exceptionally well versed in the laws of the Kingdom and how to translate that knowledge into practical legal advice, in a readily digestible format’. The team has particular expertise in acting for energy and defence sectors clients. Stephen Matthews ‘always thinks several steps ahead about how a particular legal action and decision can impact the business further down the road’; Sam Eversman is another ‘trusted adviser’.

Salman Al-Sudairi, Law Office of, in association with Latham & Watkins LLP is particularly experienced in advising foreign entities on establishing joint ventures and strategic alliances. Salman Al-Sudairi was part of the team that advised Dallah Healthcare Company on its acquisition of shares in Erfan and Bagedo General Hospital Company. The ‘knowledgeable’ Sami Al-Louzi handled a number of high-profile acquisitions.

Highlight work at Khoshaim & Associates in cooperation with Allen & Overy LLP included advising ACWA on an investment by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to support regional renewable energy, and acting on the corporate restructuring of BAE’s business in Saudi Arabia. The highly regarded Zeyad Khoshaim ‘combines international experience with local knowledge’, and Johannes Bruski is also recommended.

Law Firm of AlSalloum and AlToaimi in association with White & Case LLP is praised as having ‘the balance of international experience combined with on-the-ground expertise’. The team handled a number of recent standout deals, which involved acting for clients including Saudi Aramco, Mobily and Gulf International. James Rimmer is the key contact.

Clyde & Co continues to advise a number of longstanding clients and maintains a balanced practice among international and local clients. Abdulaziz Al-Bosaily is advising Al Dara Medical Corporation on a wide range of matters, including employment, IP and construction law. Alain Sfeir and Ben Cowling are praised for their ‘well-structured and explained advice’ and ‘deep knowledge’.

Hatem Abbas Ghazzawi & Co.’s Andreas Haberbeck is ‘thorough with a blend of strong legal knowledge and the right business approach’. Asad Abedi is also strongly recommended. Notable mandates included assisting Electrolux with the Saudi Arabian aspects of the $3.3bn buyout of General Electric’s appliances business.

King & Spalding in affiliation with the Law Office of Mohammad Al-Ammar worked with colleagues in other offices to assist L Capital Asia with its acquisition of a stake in Bateel. Nabil Issa is the key contact.

Al-Enezee in Association with Holman Fenwick Willan LLP counts Sanofi, First Solar and GlobeMed Saudi among its clients, and has been variously advising on compliance, employment, corporate restructuring and joint ventures matters. Ziad El-Khoury and Wissam Hachem are the key contacts.

Grahame Nelson and Hesham Al Homoud lead the team at Al Tamimi & Company, which recently acted on mandates such as corporate restructurings, cross-border joint ventures and an acquisition. The firm recently recruited Sumit Soni from Law Office of Mohanned bin Saud Al-Rasheed in association with Baker Botts L.L.P. to head its Jeddah office.

DLA Piper Saudi Arabia has ‘very exceptional Saudi lawyers of very high calibre guided by an international senior lawyer’. Rakesh Bassi is praised for his ‘quick turnaround without undermining the quality of the final product’. Eyad Reda is also a key name to note. Recent mandates include handling joint ventures, restructurings and real estate funds work.

Firas Sawaf at Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni In association with Dechert LLP is advising a leading pharmaceuticals company on the restructuring of its joint venture with a Saudi partner.

The Law Office of Looaye M. Al-Akkas in Association with Vinson & Elkins LLP handles local and cross-border transactions for corporations, financial institutions and family entities. Looaye Al-Akkas is advising Sadara Chemical Company on a number of tie-ups and projects, including a joint venture to build a hydrogen peroxide plant in Saudi Arabia.

Leveraging its international footprint combined with ‘solid’ local Saudi law expertise, The Law Office of Montaser Al Mohammed Al Yaqoub Attorneys & Legal Advisers in association with Hogan Lovells has a strong track record of assisting international corporates with setting up and structuring their activities. Irfan Butt, Imran Mufti and Dubai-based Imtiaz Shah are key contacts.

Law Offices of Dr Mujahid M. Al-Sawwaf regularly advises on company formation and joint ventures. David Wells is a key name to note.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s team has particular strength in the energy and healthcare sectors, and was instructed on a number of cross-border joint venture matters. John Boehm assisted the IFC with a share exchange transaction involving the restructuring of debt and equity investment in Saudi German Hospital, as well as its investment in ACWA Power. Mohammed Al-Ghamdi is another name to note.

Dr. Saud Al-Ammari Law Firm in association with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP’s three-partner team advises on matters including contractual arrangements and corporate disputes. Clients include Saudi Aramco, Sadara Chemical Company and Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation. The highly experienced Saud Al-Ammari heads the team. Bahrain-based Graham McLeod and Tim Sunar also regularly handle Saudi Arabian mandates.

The Law Firm of Wael A. Alissa in association with SNR Denton & Co has particular strength in advising multinational corporates on market entry using franchising models. Amgad Husein is variously advising on a corporate restructuring, joint ventures and an acquisition of shares.

Al-Ghazzawi Professional Association is active in advising domestic and international clients. Belal Al Ghazzawi and Hussam Al Ghazzawi are key names to note.

At Dhabaan & Partners (in association with Eversheds KSLG), Faisal Tabbaa has experience in advising clients on M&A transactions in sectors including FMCG manufacturing, healthcare, mining and trading. Muhammad Arif Saeed heads the team, which counts Procter & Gamble, Boeing, Microsoft and Rolls-Royce among its clients.

Hammad Al-Mehdar & Co in alliance with Simmons & Simmons LLP’s Saudi Arabian team is building its strength in the TMT and life sciences sectors, where recent mandate include assisting Bayer with a complex Saudi business model and attendant regulatory issues. Colleagues in the UAE also regularly handle Saudi Arabian matters. Adli Hammad and Dubai-based Tom Butcher are key contacts.

Hourani & Associates in Affiliation with Law Office of Meshal A. Al Akeel acts on a wide range of mandates including corporate governance, commercial contracts and M&A. It regularly serves as local counsel alongside international firms.

Yusuf Giansiracusa at Jones Day In Association with Alsulaim Alawaji & Partners Law Firm recently advised Al-Toukhi Company for Industry, Trading and Contracting on the formation of a consortium with Samsung Engineering.

At Al-Joufi Law Firm, Yousef Al-Joufi assisted Abu Dhabi Aviation with a joint venture agreement. Al-Joufi also has experience in corporate restructuring.

Khalid Alnowaiser’s team at Alnowaiser Law Firm regularly acts as local counsel on a range of corporate matters including M&A, corporate governance and company formation.

Altayyar & Partners Law Firm advises on corporate governance, tax structuring and M&A, as well as other areas, most notably including international trade advice. Sattam Al Tayyar is the key contact.

Khalid Al-Thebity Law Firm In Affiliation With Squire Patton Boggs’ Khalid Al-Thebity advises clients from the insurance, energy, and real estate sectors on a broad range of corporate matters.

Mikwar & Akkad Law Firm (MAK) advises on a wide range of commercial and corporate matters, including joint ventures, company formations and acquisitions, as well as IP and IPO support.

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