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Leveraging its ‚Äėfinely tuned organisational skills and superior knowledge of Saudi law‚Äô,¬†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 ‚Äėability to see the big picture while still not losing sight of detail‚Äô, while others rate the firm for its ‚Äėcohesion', its 'flair and persuasiveness' and its 'commercial sense‚Äô. Practice head¬†Ian Siddell advised Ma‚Äôaden 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.

Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm (AS&H) in co-operation with Clifford Chance handles conventional and Islamic financing mandates in the context of project finance, acquisition finance, general bank lending, loan transfers and financial restructuring. Headed by Yasser Al-Hussain, the team provides ongoing advice to a number of banks on margin lending transactions, and assisted a bank with the provision of a murabahah facility to a development company for the redevelopment of a large commercial area. Mohamed Hamra-Krouha is another figure in the department.

Khoshaim & Associates in cooperation with Allen & Overy LLP advises on Islamic and conventional financing structures, and has expertise across a range of project finance, asset and ship finance, debt refinance and financial regulatory matters. Practice head Karim Wali, who has ‚Äėgreat breath of experience‚Äô, is advising Al Rajhi Bank on the provision of a ¬£7.9bn murabahah facility to Etihad Etisalat. Wali also acted for Arab National Bank in relation to the $1.2bn financing for a government security residential compound and a related employee housing facility for Saudi Aramco. Senior legal adviser Julian Johansen¬†relocated to¬†Allen & Overy LLP's Dubai office,¬†where he was promoted to partner in September 2018.

King & Spalding in affiliation with the Law Office of Mohammad Al-Ammar has expertise in acquisition finance, construction, real estate and project finance, and sale and leaseback transactions and asset finance. The regional corporate, finance and investments group is headed by Jawad I. Ali and includes Zaid H. Al-Farisi, who is advising a lending syndicate comprising Samba Financial Group, National Commercial Bank and Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank on the provision of SAR1.3bn shari’ah-compliant facilities to real estate developer Fawaz Abdul Aziz Al-Hokair.

Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi in association with Latham & Watkins LLP acts for domestic and international banks and investment funds in relation to major project finance deals, refinance and restructuring mandates, and general lending mandates. The team also acts alongside colleagues in London and Dubai, with whom it is advising the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on a $16bn sovereign term loan facility with a litany of US, European, Japanese and Chinese lenders for the purpose of refinancing its $10bn international syndicated loan. Practice head Salman Al-Sudairi and counsel Amar N Meher are key contacts in the Riyadh office.

The Law Firm of AlSalloum and AlToaimi in association with White & Case LLP acts for bank lenders and prominent domestic project companies in project finance and financial restructuring matters, utilising Islamic and conventional financing structures. In one stand-out matter, Robert Vydra and Dubai-based Debashis Dey assisted Saudi Aramco with the establishment of its first-ever sukuk issuance programme, and subsequently advised on its debut issuance totalling SAR11.3bn. The regional banking team is also advising National Commercial Bank on the expected financing for the construction and operation of Taif International Airport. Other key figures include Saudi Arabia practice head Doug Peel, and  Adam Pierson, who has expertise in project and asset 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.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in association with the Law Firm of Salah Al-Hejailan advises lenders and borrowers on a wide range of conventional and Islamic financing matters including loan securitisation, restructuring and general bank lending. The firm is headed by name partner Sheikh Salah Al-Hejailan.

Acting for domestic, regional and international banks, Hammad Al-Mehdar & Co in alliance with Simmons & Simmons LLP handles a range of Islamic finance matters including shari’ah-compliant derivatives and hedging transactions, trade finance, real estate finance and project finance. The team is headed by Ahmed Butt, who is advising Banque Publique d’Investissement on a trade financing deal with an importer of French medical equipment. The Saudi British Bank and Banque Saudi Fransi are also among the firm's clients.

Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni In association with Dechert LLP is instructed by lenders and borrowers and has broad experience of conventional and Islamic project finance, trade finance, financial restructuring and financial regulatory compliance. Legal adviser Rahul Goswami heads the practice and acted as Saudi Arabian counsel to Atrafin in relation to the closing of two US Ex-Im Bank-guaranteed equipment finance loans provided to EPC contractor Hidada. The team also assisted Saudi Binladin Group with the restructuring of SAR1bn shari’ah-compliant multi-option banking facilities provided in connection with the construction of the Capital Market Authority Tower in Riyadh. Marwan Shaheen retired in November 2017.

Hatem Abbas Ghazzawi & Co. has particular expertise in project, trade and acquisition finance, where it is instructed by bank lenders and corporate borrowers including power, chemicals and utilities companies. Practice head Ali W Abedi advised a lending syndicate including Islamic Development Bank and KfW on the financing provisions for the Fadhili combined heat and power cycle facility. Also recommended is Asad Abedi, who has extensive experience of project finance and recently advised a trading company on various corporate finance strategies.

Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm in association with Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP has strengths in conventional and Islamic finance matters, which have recently included general syndicated and bilateral loan facilities and project finance. Dubai-based Robin Balmer leads the Saudi Arabia finance team, and Mohammed Paracha, also based in Dubai, heads the Islamic finance practice throughout the Middle East and Africa.

Law Office of Mohanned bin Saud Al-Rasheed in association with Baker Botts L.L.P. handles a wide range of conventional and Islamic financing transactions, and also has experience of banking litigation and financial regulatory compliance. Practice head Stephen Matthews, who divides his time between Saudi Arabia and Dubai, advised Alistithmar Capital on a capital loan agreement with its parent organisation, Saudi Investment Bank, in order to comply with Saudi prudential regulatory requirements. Further, Matthews and Riyadh-based Babul Parikh assisted a lending syndicate including HSBC Saudi Arabia and Saudi British Bank with an amendment of the SAR586.7m refinancing facilities. Shadi Haroon is another contact in the Riyadh office.

The Law Firm of Wael A. Alissa in association with Dentons has expertise in conventional and Islamic financing structures and is regularly involved in project finance, asset finance and financial restructuring mandates. The Saudi Arabia team is headed by Mahmoud Abdel-Baky, who acted for retail company Fawaz Abdulaziz Alhokair, as borrower, in relation to a SAR1.3bn unsecured murabahah facility provided by Al Rajhi Banking and Investment Corporation. Abu Dhabi-based Paul Jarvis is another contact in the regional banking and finance group.

Al Tamimi & Company advises corporate borrowers and financial institutions on project finance, Islamic finance, mortgage and personal loan documentation, and aviation finance and leasing. Indeed, Rafiq Jaffer advised Dubai Aerospace Enterprise and Saudi Arabian Airlines on the leasing and sub-leasing of eight Airbus A320 aircraft. Also of note, Jaffer assisted Al Rajhi Bank with the development of murabahah and ijara-based home finance documentation as part of the kingdom's initiative to increase home ownership. The banking practice is headed by Jody Waugh.

Al-Ghazzawi Professional Association's debt finance team advises international and domestic lenders and borrowers on a wide range of Islamic and conventional financing transactions including project finance, acquisition finance, and aircraft and equipment finance and leasing. Managing partner Talal Amin Al Ghazzawi is the key contact.

Clyde & Co LLP's Riyadh office is headed by Abdulaziz Al-Bosaily, who has been involved in a number of major Islamic finance transactions and also has experience of project finance and corporate finance mandates. Al-Bosaily has been instructed by significant lender and borrower clients.

Law Offices of Dr Mujahid M. Al-Sawwaf has extensive experience of Islamic finance, conventional syndicated loan facilities and project finance. David Wells and Terence Cloney are contacts in the banking and finance practice.

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