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Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in Association with Baker McKenzie Limited’s quality of work is ‘among the best’. Ian Siddell’s team demonstrated its project finance ability by advising Saudi Arabian Mining Company on the construction, development and operation of a mining and integrated fertiliser production project. The highly recommended Julie Alexander acted for a syndicate of banks led by Banque Saudi Fransi on multi-option Islamic and trade finance facilities for the development of a mixed-use development project in Mecca.

Law Firm of AlSalloum and AlToaimi in association with White & Case LLP has played a major role in some of the largest finance transactions for Saudi Aramco, including recently assisting with the development of an air separation unit in Jazan and advising on $530m gas-fired cogeneration power projects on a build-own-operate-transfer basis. Doug Peel is ‘an éminence grise’; Antoine Cousin is another name to note.

Clifford Chance LLP’s team is led by the highly regarded banking and finance specialists Paul Latto and Abdulaziz Al-Abduljabbar. Highlights included advising Saudi Aerospace Engineering on a SAR3.5bn murabaha facility for the purpose of constructing an aircraft complex at King Abdulaziz International Airport.

King & Spalding in affiliation with the Law Office of Mohammad Al-Ammar advised on a number of high-end project financing deals. Leroy Levy led a multidisciplinary team in its advice to ACWA Holding on the Jazan air separation unit project, which was financed on a wholly shari’ah-compliant basis.

Khoshaim & Associates in cooperation with Allen & Overy LLP has proven ability in complex project financings spanning the oil and gas, power supply and water sectors; it acts for clients such as Ma’aden, GDF Suez, ACWA Power and Saudi Aramco Mobil Refinery Company. Julian Johansen heads the practice.

Rahul Goswami’s team at Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni In association with Dechert LLP is advising on the construction of 4,000MW Qurayyah IPP.

Hatem Abbas Ghazzawi & Co. is active on large project financings in the power, petrochemicals and water sectors, and regularly acts as local counsel to international law firms. Ali Abedi acted for a large group of lenders on the financing of the expansion of the $8bn PetroRabigh integrated refinery project. Asad Abedi is highly recommended.

The Law Office of Looaye M. Al-Akkas in Association with Vinson & Elkins LLP’s two-partner team advises clients on a range of project development and finance, construction and corporate issues. Looaye Al-Akkas is the key contact.

Law Office of Mohanned bin Saud Al-Rasheed in association with Baker Botts L.L.P.’s Stephen Matthews advised Riyad Bank on the $550m multi-currency murabaha facility. Sam Eversman and Babul Parikh are recommended.

Salman Al-Sudairi, Law Office of, in association with Latham & Watkins LLP has been advising Saudi Arabian Mining Company on the greenfield Wa’ad Al Shammal phosphate project. Salman Al-Sudairi is the key contact.

Dubai-based Trevor Butcher heads the projects team at DLA Piper Saudi Arabia. Work highlights included advising Ports Development Company on the development of King Abdullah Port at King Abdullah Economic City.

Faisal Adnan Baassiri Law Firm in association with Ashurst LLP’s team work closely with colleagues in Dubai. Middle East head Joss Dare, with the support of Faisal Baassiri, is advising Umm Al Qura Development & Construction Company on the King Abdulaziz Boulevard project.

At Hammad Al-Mehdar & Co in alliance with Simmons & Simmons LLP, Dubai-based Adrian Nizzola and Nicholas Williams regularly act as lead partners on Saudi Arabian matters. Ahmed Butt, who splits his time between the UAE and Saudi Arabia, has recently advised on financings of a power plant project and a steel plant.

Jones Day In Association with Alsulaim Alawaji & Partners Law Firm’s Edward Rose has experience in advising on the development and financing of major projects in Saudi Arabia and across the GCC region.

At The Law Office of Montaser Al Mohammed Al Yaqoub Attorneys & Legal Advisers in association with Hogan Lovells, Riyadh-based Imran Mufti is a notable practitioner and was part of the team advising on a high-profile PPP project. Dubai-based Christopher Cross is another key contact along with Sohail Barkatali, who joined from Chadbourne & Parke (Dubai) LLC in September 2015.

Dr. Saud Al-Ammari Law Firm in association with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP advises major energy sector clients on corporate matters including M&A, joint venture, corporate finance and structuring. Saud Al-Ammari and Graham McLeod are recommended.

Al-Enezee in Association with Holman Fenwick Willan LLP advised First Solar on corporate matters including structuring its presence and potential joint ventures with local partners. Wissam Hachem and Ziad El-Khoury are the key figures.

Law Offices of Dr Mujahid M. Al-Sawwaf acts as co-counsel with major international law firms on the Saudi Law elements of project financings. David Wells is a key name to note.

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