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Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in Association with Baker McKenzie Limited is ‘one of the best firms in the country’, where the team has ‘great market knowledge and is commercially orientated’. The team acts for international and regional corporates, and is advising Olayan and Cummins on a three-country distribution joint venture. George Sayen and Karim Nassar are the key names.

The team at Clifford Chance LLP in association with Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm (AS&H) is ‘very knowledgeable on Saudi laws and customs, fielding strong partners and associates’. It advised the Al Kharafi family on the widely publicised auction sale of its majority stake in Kuwaiti food company Americana. Mubadala Development Company and Emirates Investment Authority are other clients. Mike Taylor and Mohammed Al-Shukairy head the practice from Dubai.

At Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in association with the Law Firm of Salah Al-Hejailan, highlights included advising The Abraaj Group on its multimillion-dollar investment into restaurant chain Kudu. Other clients include NBK Capital and Fajr Capital, a sovereign-backed investor. Fares Al-Hejailan heads the team.

Khoshaim & Associates in cooperation with Allen & Overy LLP is best known for its work with multinationals and clients range from defence companies, including BAE Systems, to mining companies such as Outotec Oyj. The team has a historical relationship with Saudi Aramco, recently advising the oil company on its cross-border joint venture with rubber manufacturer Lanxess Deutschland. Practice head Zeyad Khoshaim, Johannes Bruski and Julian Johansen are recommended.

Law Office of Mohanned bin Saud Al-Rasheed in association with Baker Botts L.L.P. is ‘always responsive, practical and business-oriented’. Well versed in joint ventures and M&A, the group is currently advising Barrick Gold Corporation on its mining joint venture with Ma’aden, a $420m operation. The team also has expertise in the defence industry. Practice heads Babul Parikh and Stephen Matthews have ‘a true understanding of the business culture in the Middle East’. Shadi Haroon made partner in early 2016.

Omar Elsayed leads the corporate team at Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi in association with Latham & Watkins LLP, which has a solid reputation in joint ventures and acquisitions. The firm has been particularly active in the healthcare sector recently, advising investors on their activities in the country. Other clients include Durrah Advanced Company and mining company Ma’aden. Salman Al-Sudairi is also highly recommended.

The Law Firm of AlSalloum and AlToaimi in association with White & Case LLP has a focus on energy and infrastructure, assisting national oil companies with acquisitions across the region. Regional practice head Doug Peel, Robert Vydra and Yazeed Al-Toaimi are recommended.

The team at Clyde & Co LLP has ‘excellent business acumen and provides superb advice’. It advises on joint ventures and restructurings for international companies active in a range of industries including engineering, hospitality, aviation and healthcare. Notably, the firm is handling the ongoing restructuring of marine inspection joint venture DNV GL, following the global merger of Det Norske Veritas and Germanischer Lloyd Saudi Arabia. Other notable clients include Marriott International and Mouchel. Managing partner Abdulaziz Al-Bosaily, Alain Sfeir, Ben Cowling and Philip O’Riordan are recommended.

Hatem Abbas Ghazzawi & Co.’s lawyers are ‘responsive, to the point and solution-driven’. The team works mainly on joint ventures and restructuring matters; it advised Posco on its partnership agreement with the Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund PIF. The group also acts for a number of utility companies. Asad Abedi is ‘a strong leader’ and Andreas Haberbeck is ‘very knowledgeable and thorough’.

King & Spalding in affiliation with the Law Office of Mohammad Al-Ammar has ‘in-depth industry and legal knowledge as well as business focus’. It is best known for its funds practice, with clients including Gulf Capital and The Abraaj Group. The firm acted on private equity acquisitions across a range of industries, including food and beverage as well as energy. Nabil Issa and James Stull are the key names.

Best known for working on energy and infrastructure matters, Al-Enezee in association with Holman Fenwick Willan LLP has advised on several mixed-use development joint venture agreements. Clients include OHL Arabia, Sinopec and Alinma Tokio Marine Company. Ziad El-Khoury, Wissam Hachem and Hadi Melki jointly lead the department.

Al Tamimi & Company provides ‘succinct and timely advice, and a willingness to work towards business objectives’. Grahame Nelson heads the corporate team, which has recent experience in the healthcare and energy industries. The Riyadh team works closely with the Dubai office and often handles corporate restructurings such as Aster DM Healthcare’s regional restructuring.

The level of service is exceptional’ at DLA Piper Saudi Arabia, where the team ‘delivers quality work that is always well thought out. The firm has recently handled corporate restructurings for regional companies active in the technology, energy and utility sectors. Highlights included advising Riyadh Municipality, and other government entities, on the restructuring of the Riyadh Waste Management System. Jeddah office head Rakesh Bassi is ‘a standout lawyer’. Managing partner Eyad Reda is also recommended.

The ‘prompt, precise and insightful’ team at Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni In association with Dechert LLPalways provides the highest level of service’. Led by Firas Sawaf, the practice is experienced in advising on the establishment of companies, restructurings and joint ventures in Saudi Arabia, acting for investments funds as well as clients in the pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and energy sectors.

The Law Office of Looaye M. Al-Akkas in Association with Vinson & Elkins LLP has particular experience in aviation-related acquisitions. Sadara Chemical Company is also a key client. Looaye Al-Akkas is recommended.

John Boehm and Mohammed Al-Ghamdi lead on corporate matters at Norton Rose Fulbright. The firm is advising several global companies on the formation of joint ventures focused on social infrastructure projects. Pharmaceuticals and healthcare are other sector focuses.

Dr. Saud Al-Ammari Law Firm in association with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP is well known for its longstanding relationship with Sadara Chemical Company, the $20bn joint venture between The Dow Chemical Company and Saudi Aramco. The firm has a solid energy and infrastructure client base, which includes PetroRabigh and the King Abdullah University for Science and Technology. Saud Al-Ammari, Graham McLeod and Tim Sunar are recommended.

The Law Firm of Wael A. Alissa in association with Dentonsprovides a five-star service, delivering priceless guidance’. The firm has been advising on insolvency issues for the RSA Group and is also assisting international oil companies with operational matters. Amgad Husein has ‘deep expertise in the Gulf market’.

Muhammad Arif Saeed leads the corporate practice at AlDhabaan & Partners in association with Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, which has been advising regional companies on acquisitions and joint ventures across a range of sectors; industrial services being a key focus. The team has also handled several restructurings. Faisal Tabbaa and Fahad AlDehais are recommended.

Belal Al Ghazzawi and Hussam Al Ghazzawi at Al-Ghazzawi Professional Association advise on the establishment of funds, corporate governance and M&A.

The corporate practice at Hammad Al-Mehdar & Co in alliance with Simmons & Simmons LLP is jointly led by Jeddah-based Adli Hammad and Suhaib Hammad, as well as Dubai-based Haitham Hawashin and James Coleman. The group has advised major Saudi power companies on high-value acquisitions, investments and fund formation. TMT continues to be a key area of focus.

David Wells is the key name at Law Offices of Dr Mujahid M. Al-Sawwaf. The firm has experience in advising foreign companies looking to set up joint ventures in the country.

Al-Joufi Law Firm handles a range of corporate regulatory matters for international companies. The team also advises on joint venture and restructuring-related matters. The Public Pensions Agency is a client. Managing partner Yousef Al-Joufi is recommended.

Altayyar & Partners Law Firm is active in the manufacturing, retail and engineering industries. It has advised international companies on establishing and running operations in the country. Sattam Al Tayyar is recommended.

Sharif Akkad Law Firm (MAK) has advised on mergers and acquisitions, often acting for foreign investors.

Shearman & Sterling LLP in association with Dr Sultan Almasoud & Partners has advised private equity firms on their acquisitions in the country. Joint ventures also form a portion of the firm’s workload; the team assisted Alsalam Aerospace Industries with the establishment of its defence-focused joint venture with Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries. Sanjarbek Abdukhalilov is the key name.

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