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The team at Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited acts for international and regional corporates. It recently advised the Saudi Binladin Group on a $160m financing arrangement for the purchase of receivables and real estate made available by Alawwal Bank. Ian Siddell, Julie Alexander, Bilal Kahlon, and Basel Barakat are the key partners.

The team at Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm (AS&H) in co-operation with Clifford Chance acts for clients such as Zain, Acwa Power, and Saudi Electricity Company on the full range of banking and finance matters, and also has a dedicated Islamic finance practice. Yasser Al-Hussain and Mohamed Hamra-Krouha are the names to note.

The ‘excellent’ practice at The Law Firm of AlSalloum and AlToaimi in association with White & Case LLP is regarded for its work within the energy and infrastructure sectors, and is known for its longstanding relationship with leading oil companies in the region. Recent work includes advising Saudi Aramco on the establishment of its debut $3bn Sukuk issuance. Leading the team is the ‘highly competent’ Doug Peel, who is strongly supported by Adam Pierson and Ivan Paskal.

Known for its work with multinational companies, the team at Khoshaim & Associates in cooperation with Allen & Overy LLP is also regularly instructed by domestic banks, Islamic financiers, and overseas export credit agencies. The group recently advised the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) on two multimillion-dollar murabaha financings for a major very large crude carrier (VLCC) construction and acquisition deal. Zeyad Khoshaim, Karim Wali and Julian Johansen are noted.

Zaid Al-Farisi leads the team at King & Spalding in affiliation with the Law Office of Mohammad Al-Ammar, with strong support from Jawad Ali. The firm is best known for its funds practice and regularly acts for major banking clients, regional corporates and private equity firms; recent highlights include advising Jeddah Economic Company and Alinma Investment Company on a $960m financing project for the development of Jeddah Economic City.

Salman Al-Sudairi and Amar Meher lead the team at the Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi in association with Latham & Watkins LLP, which has a strong reputation for joint ventures, project finance and debt restructuring. The group recently advised the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on its $10bn sovereign term loan facility; other clients include Riyad Bank, Mobily, and Alawwal Bank.

Paul Latto and Keith Bullen at DLA Piper Saudi Arabia specialise in cross-border financing and recently advised Saudi Electricity Company on all aspects of its $1.2bn joint venture with Saudi Aramco to procure the Fadhili cogeneration plant independent power project.

The acquisition finance-focused practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in association with the Law Firm of Salah Al-Hejailan has experience in domestic and cross-border financial transactions, as well as providing regulatory compliance advice to regional and multinational banks. Nicholas Diacos is the name to note.

Islamic finance specialist Adli Hammad leads the team at Hammad Al-Mehdar & Co in alliance with Simmons & Simmons LLP, which acts for regional and international banks. The firm counts BNP Paribas, National Commercial Bank, and Saudi Hollandi Bank among its clients.

Rahul Goswami at Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni in association with Dechert LLP handles local and cross-border finance transactions, and has acted for a range of notable clients. Highlights included advising the Saudi Binladin Group on the restructuring of a $266m shari’ah-compliant multi-option banking facility for the construction of the landmark Capital Market Authority Tower in Riyadh.

Ali Abedi heads the practice at Hatem Abbas Ghazzawi & Co., which has ‘second-to-none knowledge of the key Saudi Arabian industries’ and provides ‘specialised, quality advice’. The firm advises Dow Chemical Company and Sadara Chemical Company on their joint venture with Saudi Aramco and capital increase of SAR2bn for the development, financing and construction of a petrochemicals complex in Jubail.

Al Tamimi & Company’s banking and finance practice is led by Jody Waugh, who advises on all aspects of the structuring, negotiating and documenting of finance transactions; the firm also has expertise in Islamic finance.

Robin Balmer leads the team at Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm in association with Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, which recently acted for Standard Chartered Bank as an agent for a syndicate of financiers on the $350m murabaha financing of five new-build VLCCs for Bahri. Other clients include Alawwal Bank, Samba Financial Group and HSBC Saudi Arabia.

Stephen Matthews heads the practice at the Law Office of Mohanned bin Saud Al-Rasheed in association with Baker Botts L.L.P., which acts for clients such as The Saudi Investment Bank, Gulf International Bank and Samba Financial Group. The team recently advised HSBC Saudi Arabia on the SAR586m refinancing of a combination of syndicated and bilateral corporate facilities.

The Law Firm of Wael A. Alissa in association with Dentons recently advised the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on the financing of a Savola subsidiary. Mahmoud Abdel-Baky heads the practice.

Al-Ghazzawi Professional Association advises clients on regional and international finance transactions, providing expertise in debt restructuring, acquisition finance, and shari’ah compliance. Managing partner Talal Al Ghazzawi is the name to note.

Adil Hussain and Abdulaziz Al-Bosaily head the banking and finance practice at Clyde & Co LLP, which has expertise in Islamic finance and regulatory compliance matters. Clients include Bank ABC, KCC Corporation and Mizuho Bank.

The Law Offices of Dr Mujahid M. Al-Sawwaf is instructed by regional and international banks and financial institutions. David Wells in the name to note.

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