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DLA Piper in collaboration with Amer Al Amr Law Firm

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Paul Latto

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Finance & Projects


Paul is a partner in the Finance & Projects practice, based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. His core practice focuses on both conventional and Islamic finance products with experience across the full spectrum of banking and finance transactions, including leveraged and acquisition finance, derivatives and capital markets, asset and project finance, general bank lending, restructuring and insolvency. He was involved in advising the Ministry of Commerce and Industry on the drafting of the white paper for Saudi Arabia's proposed new insolvency law. Having spent over eight years working in the Middle East, based in both Saudi Arabia and the UAE, Paul has led many of the largest and most innovative banking and finance transactions undertaken in the region to date and is regularly cited by the main independent legal directories as a leader in his field.


Inns of Court School of Law, Bar Vocational Course, 1996 College of Law, London, Diploma in Law, 1995 Christ Church, University of Oxford, History, MA, 1993

Saudi Arabia

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

DLA Piper in collaboration with Amer Al Amr Law Firm advises on transactional and regulatory matters associated with Islamic finance, project finance and capital markets deals. Practice head Paul Latto is advising Saudia Cargo, a subsidiary of Saudi Arabian Airlines, on the financing aspects of a major development project. Latto also advised the Saudi Ministry of Finance on the implementation of new VAT legislation in connection with the Vision 2030 project.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Acting for major domestic and international corporates, DLA Piper in collaboration with Amer Al Amr Law Firm ‘provides tremendous value’ in cross-border M&A, joint ventures and commercial licensing agreements. In one stand-out matter, the team is advising Saudi Telecom Company on its proposed $1.8bn purchase of the exclusive broadcast rights for the Saudi Professional League. Other key figures include Paul Latto and Edoardo Betto, who is rated for his ‘outstanding industry knowledge’. Rakesh Bassi left the firm in November 2017 for Al Tamimi & Company.

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