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    • Nasser Alrubayyi - Khoshaim & Associates in cooperation with Allen & Overy LLP

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Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni In association with Dechert LLP handles IP litigation, banking disputes, commercial contract claims and project development disputes, including international arbitration. Legal advisers Rahul Goswami and Yousef Al Husiki¬†jointly head the ‚Äėtransparent and reliable‚Äô¬†practice group, which is noted for its ability to perform in ‚Äėa very challenging and fast-paced business environment‚Äô. Goswami and Al Husiki are representing Skechers USA in¬†multiple trade mark infringement claims. Hassan Mahassni is also recommended.

Hatem Abbas Ghazzawi & Co.¬†stands out for its ‚Äėresponsiveness and clarity of advice‚Äô. ‚ÄėExcellent‚Äô practice head Andreas Haberbeck is defending SAMBA Financial Group in a $318m claim brought by Saad Investment Company concerning the ownership of shares in certain Saudi banks. Haberbeck is also acting for Citicorp Trustee Company and Golden Belt 1 Sukuk Company in a claim against Saad Trading and Maan Al-Sanea regarding a default under an Islamic bond.

Khoshaim & Associates in cooperation with Allen & Overy LLP has considerable experience of arbitration, administrative litigation, shareholder disputes and the enforcement of foreign judgments in Saudi Arabia. Indeed, Zeyad Khoshaim and senior associate Nasser Alrubayyi successfully represented the Sumitomo Corporation in enforcement proceedings concerning a foreign arbitral award against a Saudi company.

Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm in association with Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP handles litigation, ADR and regulatory proceedings, and has particular experience of labour disputes and corporate investigations. The ‚Äėexperienced‚Äô Mohammed Al-Ghamdi¬†heads the practice group, which is rated for its ‚Äėquick response times and business acumen‚Äô.

The Law Firm of Salah Al-Hejailan in association with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is headed by Hussam Al-Hejailan, who has experience of commercial litigation and international arbitration. Fares Al-Hejailan is another name to note.

Al Tamimi & Company has 'an outstanding disputes team', which has been recognised by clients as being ‚Äėwell-organised' and 'proactive‚Äô. With experience of litigation and ADR, the team provides ‚Äėtailored legal opinions based on a client's business needs‚Äô. The Saudi litigation practice is headed by¬†Abdullah Al Tamimi, who is representing Sheikh Abdullah Abdu Shamsan in a high-profile partnership dispute. Al Tamimi is also acting for Hewlett Packard International Trade in a SAR1.8m financial recovery claim. Ahmed Basrawi heads the litigation team in Jeddah, and¬†Emad Salameh was promoted to partner in July 2018.

Al-Jadaan & Partners Law Firm has broad experience of litigation and arbitration, where it has been involved in product liability claims, real estate disputes and shareholder and partnership disputes. Founding partner Yousef Al-Jadaan and managing partner Abdullah Al-Hashim are key figures at the firm.

AlDhabaan & Partners in association with Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP represents domestic and international corporates, high-profile families and individuals and government entities in litigation, arbitration and mediation. Founding partner Mohammad AlDhabaan has particular expertise in IP and software protection matters, managing partner Fahad AlDehais has extensive experience of commercial arbitration, and Saud Al Romi heads the dispute resolution and management practice in Riyadh.

The Law Firm of AlSalloum and AlToaimi in association with White & Case LLP is instructed by government entities and multinational joint ventures, and specialises in construction, and energy and infrastructure development disputes. Michael Turrini works across several GCC countries, and Adam Pierson has experience of oil, gas and infrastructure disputes. Doug Peel heads the Middle East practice.

Clyde & Co LLP has particular expertise in insurance claims and disputes arising from infrastructure development projects. Dubai-based Mark Beswetherick heads the Middle East dispute resolution practice, Abdulaziz Al-Bosaily acts as managing partner of the Saudi Arabia group and Ben Cowling, who specialises in commercial and construction disputes, acts for public and private sector clients in litigation and ADR.

Saud Al-Ammari (Dr.) Law Firm is headed by Saud Al-Ammari, who has experience of a range of energy, employment and construction disputes. The team is especially active for public and private sector clients in the oil and gas and chemicals sectors.

The ‚Äėresponsive‚Äô and ‚Äėhighly experienced‚Äô practice group at¬†The Law Firm of Wael A. Alissa in association with Dentons¬†has expertise in litigation and arbitration and is particularly active in the aviation, construction, healthcare, energy and media sectors. One key figure in the disputes team is¬†Wael A. Alissa, who appears before a range of Saudi courts and disputes tribunals. Managing partner¬†Mahmoud Abdel-Baky¬†is another contact.

Zamakhchary & Co. entered into a formal agreement with Linklaters in October 2017 and has expertise in competition and debt recovery disputes. Joint practice heads Abdulatif AlHarthi and Sarah Gonem are acting for the Saudi government in a claim brought against it by an investor pursuant to the Arab Investment Treaty.

Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited represents clients in banking, shareholder and tax disputes, and also has experience in the energy and construction sectors. Key figures in the litigation and arbitration team include Abdulrahman AlAjlan, Anton Mikel and Ajlan Alajlan. The team is instructed by a number of major banks and international corporates.

Al-Enezee Legal Counsel in association with EKP regularly handles construction and subcontractor claims, insurance disputes, labour and employment disputes, and debt recovery claims. Wissam Hachem is representing Philippines Airlines in enforcement proceedings concerning arbitral awards against travel service providers Salman Travel and Tourism and Al Suwaiket Travel. Hachem is also acting for POSH Semco in a financial recovery claim against Makamin Offshore for dues in connection with unpaid charter hires.

Al-Ghazzawi Professional Association has experience of litigation and arbitration, and has been involved in product liability claims and a wide range of commercial contract disputes. The firm is led by the managing partner Talal Amin Ghazzawi and counts Saudi Aramco among its key clients.

The ‚Äėvery supportive team‚Äô at¬†Faisal Adnan Baassiri Law Firm in association with Ashurst LLP fields ‚Äėa network of competent professionals‚Äô, who have extensive experience of commercial litigation and arbitration. Rated for his ‚Äėknowledge and creativity‚Äô, practice head¬†Faisal Adnan Baassiri is instructed by prominent domestic and regional corporates in the telecoms, hospitality, aviation and construction sectors.

The team at Hammad Al-Mehdar & Co in alliance with Simmons & Simmons LLP is headed by Mohammed Al-Mehdar, and has experience representing banks and construction companies in commercial litigation.

DLA Piper in collaboration with Amer Al Amr Law Firm is especially active in construction and projects-related disputes, and also handles corporate investigations, labour disputes and international arbitration. Dubai-based Suzannah Newbolt is representing a subsidiary company of a client from the waste management sector in a payment dispute with a main contractor of a desalination plant in Saudi Arabia. Dubai-based Henry Quinlan leads the Middle East litigation, arbitration and investigations practice, and Amer Al Amr, who acts as managing partner of the Saudi firm, heads the Saudi Arabia litigation, arbitration and investigations team.

The litigation and arbitration practice at Jones Day in association with Ebrahim Alhabardi Law Office is best known for handling procurement and contractor disputes arising out of major construction and infrastructure projects. Yusuf Giansiracusa and Javade Chaudhri are key contacts.

Law Offices of Dr Mujahid M. Al-Sawwaf has experience of contract disputes and enforcement, debt recovery, restructuring and insolvency, and trade mark infringement claims. Mujahid Al-Sawwaf is the key figure in the team.

Shearman & Sterling in association with Dr. Sultan Almasoud & Partners handles a variety of commercial contract disputes and arbitration in the retail and real estate sectors. Managing partner Sultan Almasoud focuses on local disputes, while Alex Bevan heads Shearman & Sterling LLP's international arbitration group in the Abu Dhabi office.

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