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Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited

BIN SULAIMAN CENTER, 6TH FLOOR, OFFICE NO. 606, PRINCE SULTAN STREET AND RAWDAH STREET INTERSECTION, AL-KHALIDIYAH DISTRICT, PO BOX 128224, JEDDAH 21362, SAUDI ARABIA
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Work +966 12 606 6200
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Saudi Arabia

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited

Leveraging its ‘finely tuned organisational skills and superior knowledge of Saudi law’, Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited has expertise across a range of project finance, Islamic finance, securitisation and receivables financing and debt capital markets transactions. One client noted the team's ‘ability to see the big picture while still not losing sight of detail’, while others rate the firm for its ‘cohesion', its 'flair and persuasiveness' and its 'commercial sense’. Practice head Ian Siddell advised Ma’aden Aluminium Company and Saudi Arabian Mining Company, as borrower, on the $1.8bn amortising syndicated facilities made available to refinance its existing commercial and project finance debts through Islamic and conventional banking methods. Also recommended are Julie Alexander and Bilal Kahlon, the latter of whom is acting for HSBC Saudi Arabia and Banque Saudi Fransi in relation to the provision of a $199m murabahah-based syndicated facility to Hafil Transport Company.

Leading individuals

Bilal Kahlon - Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited

Ian Siddell - Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited

Julie Alexander - Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited

Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited is especially active in the equity capital markets space, where it advises issuers and underwriters and is regularly instructed in major regional IPOs. Karim Nassar and Robert Eastwood are acting for Samba Capital, as underwriter, in relation to Leejam Sports Company's IPO of 30% share capital. On the issuer side, Bilal Kahlon assisted Saudi Investment Bank with the establishment of its capital sukuk programme and subsequently advised the client on a SAR1bn sukuk issuance. Ian Siddell is another key figure in the team.

Leading individuals

Bilal Kahlon - Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited

Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited is regularly involved in major domestic and cross-border M&A and high-value commercial agreements. Mohammad Al Rasheed and Karim Nassar advised Alawwal Bank on its share for share merger with the Saudi British Bank; valued at $4.9 billion, the merger created what is now the third largest bank in Saudi Arabia. The practice also advised an Al Faisaliah Group company on its sale of shares in Al Saifi Danone to Saudi Arabia's National Agricultural Development Co. Also recommended are George Sayen, who heads the practice group, and Omar J. Iqbal, who was promoted to partner in July 2018.

Leading individuals

George Sayen - Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited

Karim Nassar - Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited

Next Generation Partners

Omar J. Iqbal - Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 4

Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited

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.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 1

Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited

Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited is especially active in the project finance space where it advises bank lenders, and corporates in mining, infrastructure, energy and petrochemicals projects. The firm acted as a legal counsel for Ma’aden in relation to the SAR4.2bn amortizing syndicated unsecured facilities made available to refinance its existing project finance debt. Additionally, Basel Barakat is advising Saudi Binladin Group on the SAR7bn multi-open Islamic facilities provided by a syndicate of banks to finance the construction of an infrastructure project. Ian Siddell and George Sayen are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Basel Barakat - Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited

Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited provides 'exceptional service' across the gamut of contentious and non-contentious real estate and construction matters. Jointly headed by Bilal Ambikapathy and the ‘super responsiveGavin Witcombe, the team regularly advises on real estate and construction-sector M&A, project development and bid documentation, land transactions and REIT formation. Witcombe is advising Mohammed I Alsubeaei & Sons Investment on a proposal to construct and maintain accommodation for 2,500 Saudi Aramco employees. The team is also acting for Salini Impregilo in relation to the construction of phase one of the The Avenues project in Riyadh, which will include a shopping mall complex, two residential towers, and a tower for offices and health services.

Leading individuals

Bilal Ambikapathy - Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited

Gavin Witcombe - Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited

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