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George Sayen heads the practice at Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited, which has experience in acting for regional and international corporates. Recent work highlights include an $80m joint venture partnership restructuring deal, in which key partner Karim Nassar advised Al Faisaliah Group.

The team at Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm (AS&H) in co-operation with Clifford Chance, which includes Majid Al-Sheikh, Khalid Al-Abdulkareem and Omar Rashid, has expertise in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, investments, and privatisation matters. Clients include Taiba Holding Company, General Electric and Al-Tayyar Travel Group.

Fares Al-Hejailan heads the practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in association with the Law Firm of Salah Al-Hejailan, which recently advised United Biscuits on a $150m joint venture to develop a manufacturing and export arm in Saudi Arabia.

At Khoshaim & Associates in cooperation with Allen & Overy LLP, Zeyad Khoshaim leads the ‘excellent’ full-service commercial, corporate and M&A practice, which acts for local and international clients. The team recently advised Saudi Aramco on the establishment of a multibillion-dollar offshore drilling joint venture with Nabors.

Best known for its funds practice, King & Spalding in affiliation with the Law Office of Mohammad Al-Ammarprovides an extremely high level of service’ and ‘second-to-none industry knowledge’. Nabil Issa and Jawad Ali lead the team, which recently advised Bahri on its joint venture with Arab Petroleum Investment Corporation and the set-up of a $1.5bn fund to acquire up to 15 crude carriers.

At Law Office of Mohanned bin Saud Al-Rasheed in association with Baker Botts L.L.P., the team provides a ‘high quality’ service and has notable expertise in joint ventures and M&A. The well-regarded team, which includes Stephen Matthews, Babul Parikh and Shadi Haroon, recently advised Barrick Gold on its $420m joint venture with Ma’aden.

Omar Elsayed leads the practice at the Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi in association with Latham & Watkins LLP, which acts for clients such as Alkhabeer Capital, Amanat Holdings and Durrah Healthcare. The team recently advised Manhattan Capital on its SAR85m acquisition of 100% equity interest in Qimam El Hayat International Schools in Saudi Arabia. Salman Al-Sudairi is another key name.

Doug Peel heads the practice at The Law Firm of AlSalloum and AlToaimi in association with White & Case LLP, which is particularly active in the energy and infrastructure sector. Recent highlights include advising the United Arab Shipping Company on its $11bn merger with Hapag-Lloyd to create the world’s fifth largest container shipping company.

The ‘high-quality’ corporate team at Clyde & Co LLP recently advised Aldara Medical Corporation on the structuring and financing of a SAR1bn hospital development in Riyadh. Alain Sfeir has ‘a strong knowledge of local practice’. Abdulaziz Al-Bosaily and Glenn Lovell are other key names.

The team at Hatem Abbas Ghazzawi & Co., which includes Asad Abedi, Ali Abedi and Andreas Haberbeck, specialises in advising clients on joint ventures and restructuring matters. Recent highlights include assisting The Dow Chemical Company with obtaining the first licence for a wholly foreign-owned trading company in Saudi Arabia.

Khulaif Al-Enezee is the key partner at Al-Enezee in association with Holman Fenwick Willan LLP, which advises clients on the full range of corporate, commercial and M&A matters. Wissam Hachem assisted Gulf Union Cooperative Insurance Company with its potential merger with Al Ahlia.

At Al Tamimi & Company, corporate partners Grahame Nelson and Hesham Al Homoud have expertise in M&A, joint ventures, privatisation issues, and regulatory matters. Key clients include Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery Co. and Al Rajhi Bank.

Eyad Reda leads the team at DLA Piper Saudi Arabia, which advises government bodies, financial institutions, and international and local conglomerates. The ‘highly skilled’ Rakesh Bassi is advising Wipro on its joint venture investment with Saudi Aramco and Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University for the development of a new women’s business park in Riyadh.

At Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni in association with Dechert LLP, the ‘very knowledgeable, sincere and responsible’ team has expertise in M&A, joint ventures, restructuring, and corporate settlement agreements. Founding partner Hassan Mahassni is the name to note.

John Boehm and Jane Clayton head the practice at Norton Rose Fulbright, which provides ‘expertise’ and ‘value for money’. Highlights included advising Saudi Arabian Airlines on the privatisation of its private jet business.

The team at Dr. Saud Al-Ammari Law Firm regularly advises clients from the energy and infrastructure sector, and counts Sadara Chemical Company as a key client. Saud Al-Ammari and Graham McLeod advised Rabigh Refining & Petrochemical Company on project financing, contractual arrangements, and regulatory compliance issues.

The Law Firm of Wael A. Alissa in association with Dentons is experienced in handling high-value acquisitions, corporate governance matters, private equity investments, and regulatory compliance issues. Wael Alissa is the name to note.

Talal Al Ghazzawi, Belal Al Ghazzawi and Hussam Al Ghazzawi lead the team at Al-Ghazzawi Professional Association. The firm advises financial institutions, investment funds and Saudi conglomerates on the full range of commercial, corporate and M&A matters.

The corporate practice at Hammad Al-Mehdar & Co in alliance with Simmons & Simmons LLP advises local and international clients on high-value acquisitions, investments and fund formations. Ahmed Butt, Muneer Khan, and Doha-based Andrew Wingfield are the names to note.

At Mohammed AlDhabaan & Partners in association with Eversheds Sutherland LLP, managing partner Fahad Al Dehais advised Tronox on its $1.6bn acquisition of Cristal’s TiO2 business. Muhammad Arif Saeed is also noted.

David Wells at the Law Offices of Dr Mujahid M. Al-Sawwaf advises local and multinational clients, and has expertise in corporate and commercial law, joint ventures, M&A and project finance.

At Shearman & Sterling LLP in association with Dr Sultan Almasoud & Partners, Sanjarbek Abdukhalilov has experience in advising private equity firms on acquisitions within the Kingdom, and assists Alsalam Aerospace Industries with joint ventures and regulatory compliance issues.

Al-Joufi Law Firm advises public and private companies, financial institutions and industrial corporates, and specialises in local company and foreign investment law. Yousef Al-Joufi is the name to note.

BSA in collaboration with ALF Alanezi Law Firm’s Riyadh practice is headed by Abdullah Al Enazi, who specialises in business and foreign investment law. The team advises local and foreign investors on the full range of corporate and commercial law.

Jeddah-based Faisal Baassiri at Faisal Adnan Baassiri Law Firm in association with Ashurst LLP has expertise in shari’ah compliant corporate finance and recently advised Lamprell on its joint venture with Saudi Aramco, Bahri and Hyundai Heavy Industries for the $5.2bn King Salman maritime yard in Saudi Arabia.

Sharif Akkad Law Firm (MAK) has advised clients such as the Savola Group, Arabian Aircraft Services Company, and Saudi Diyar Consultants on joint ventures, foreign investments, mergers and acquisitions, and IPOs. Sharif Fareed Akkad is the name to note.

Martin Creek lead the team at Zamakhchary & Co., which is acting for General Electric and Dussur on the establishment of a vehicle for their $267m joint venture to manufacture, assemble and sell gas turbines in Saudi Arabia.

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