Hall Of Fame

Next Generation Partners

Dispute resolution in Saudi Arabia

AlDhabaan & Partners in association with Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

AlDhabaan & Partners in association with Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s team acts for an impressive list of both domestic and international clients. The practice frequently handles high-value cases with a cross-border nexus. Mohammad AlDhabaan is experienced in handling cases before all levels of the commercial and administrative courts in Saudi Arabia. Saud Al Romi,  former head of the Public Prosecution Office in Taif Governorate, has notable experience in disputes acting for regional players.

Practice head(s):

Mohammed AlDhabaan; Saud Al Romi

Other key lawyers:

Mostafa Ihab

Key clients

Millennium & Copthorne

Work highlights

  • Representing Millennium & Copthorne Middle East Holdings Limited in its claim before an ad-hoc arbitral tribunal against Makkah Construction & Development Company.

Derayah LLPC – Saudilegal

Derayah LLPC has a market-leading reputation in the dispute resolution area. The firm is well known for its work in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors, for example, practice head Andreas Haberbeck is representing F Hoffman La-Roche AG in the attempted liquidation under the 2018 Bankruptcy Regulations of Abdul Latif Banaja and Partners. The team also acts for clients in industries including banking and engineering. Amr Kadi and Hamam Kadi provide additional support.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Haberbeck

Other key lawyers:

Amr Kadi; Hamam Kadi


‘Derayah LLPC – Saudilegal provides excellent and responsive service to its clients’

‘Andreas Haberbeck is highly skilled in explaining the Saudi legal system to those from a common law background.’

‘Amr Kadi provides excellent advocacy skills.’

Key clients

Citicorp Trustee Company Limited

Golden Belt 1 Sukuk Company

F Hoffman-La Roche AG

Work highlights

  • Conducting litigation since 2011 on behalf of Citicorp Trustee Company Ltd and Golden Belt 1 Sukuk Company against Saad Trading and Maan Al Sanea in respect of a default under a sukuk for US$ 650 million.
  • Representing a British engineering company in the bankruptcy proceedings of Al-Aman Modern Energy Co.
  • Representing F Hoffman La-Roche AG in the attempted liquidation under the 2018 Bankruptcy Regulation of Saudi Import Company Abdul Latif Banaja and Partners (SIC), which has admitted debts of US$ 723 million.

Khoshaim & Associates

Khoshaim & Associates has one of the leading litigation and arbitration practices in Saudi Arabia. The firm has a strong client list which includes several large state-owned entities including Saudi Aramco and also acts for multinationals Volvo Truck Corporation and the Sahara International Petrochemical Company. Managing partner Zeyad Khoshaim has recently been kept busy representing various clients in the oil and gas, manufacturing, and financial industries. Abdullah Alajlan provides additional support.

Practice head(s):

Zeyad Khoshaim

Other key lawyers:

Abdullah Alajlan


‘Khoshaim & Associates are a premier Saudi law firm with deep knowledge of the market. They have a perfect mix of local knowledge and an ability to practice at the highest levels internationally. ’

‘Zeyad Khoshaim is a real expert in his field. He is extremely bright, diligent and user-friendly.’

‘The disputes team are very well resourced, and are able to turn work/ advice around quickly. Their advice is always thorough and well presented.’

‘Zeyad Khoshaim and Abdullah Alajlan are excellent.’

‘Zeyad Khoshaim is the best KSA law expert in the Kingdom.’

Key clients

Saudi Aramco

Sahara International Petrochemical Company

Volvo Truck Corporation

Saudi Aramco Total Refining and Petrochemical Co. (SATORP)

Saudi Steel Pipes

Fransi Capital

Abdul Latif Jameel Company Ltd

Banque Saudi Fransi

Tas’helat Marketing Company

Orient Insurance PJSC

Work highlights

  • Acting for the respondent in an ad hoc arbitration in relation to a termination of three security contracts due to breaches by the contractor (the claimant).
  • Acting for the co-clients against 17 Saudi entities concerning disputes arising out of over 20 sales contracts before the Saudi Commercial Court and the Saudi Enforcement Court.

Zamakhchary & Co

Zamakhchary & Co is consistently engaged by major clients. In recent work, the team represented Grant Thornton in a $2.4bn action cross-border action in the commercial courts under the 2018 Insolvency Law procedures. Sarah Gonem, who specialises in commercial litigation, and Abdulatif AlHarthi, who is able to draw on previous experience as a judge, are the practice heads.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Gonem; Abdulatif AlHarthi

Other key lawyers:

Muneerah Alwahbi


‘Sarah Gonem is a real standout member of the firm. Extremely clever, available and easy to work with.’

‘Client service, efficiency, business acumen, depth of knowledge.’

‘They are the best law firm we know in KSA to handle tax litigation.’ 

Key clients

Grant Thornton as liquidator for SICL  and Singularis Holdings Limited

Bugshan Group

Deloitte Touche & Co.

Zain Group

Uber BV and Uber KSA


KAFD Company

GE Gas Power

Work highlights

  • Achieved “approved creditor status” in the sum of over USD2,400,000,000 in a final Commercial Court of Appeal award for clients, SICL and Singularis (in liquidation) represented by Grant Thornton, in the Maan AlSanea insolvency.
  • Represented a global power company in a tax dispute worth over SAR1 billion.
  • Objected to White Lands Fees invoices on the client’s land in the sum of over SAR175 million.

Alrubayyi & Attorneys in association with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP

Alrubayyi & Attorneys in association with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP is regularly retained by clients in a wide range of industries, including energy, construction, and bankruptcy to handle various disputes. Notably, the firm has a strong competition disputes practice and recently represented the Public Investment Fund and LIV Golf Inc. in litigation against the PGA Tour. Nasser Alrubayyi's practice also includes construction, insurance, and real estate disputes.

Practice head(s):

Nasser Alrubayyi


‘Nasser Alrubayyi is a very sophisticated commercial lawyer/litigator who has broad experience in the inner workings of the Saudi legal system and commercial practices. Having worked within the Kingdom for a number of years, it is rare to find a lawyer with his skill set.’

Key clients

Sumitomo Corporation

Fawaz Abdulaziz Alhokair Co.

NMC Health

The General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI)

Hassana Investments

Osool Integrated Real Estate

The National Agricultural Development Company

Zahid Tractor & Heavy Machinery Co Ltd

LIV Golf Inc.

Samsung Engineering

Raza Company

Al Rai’adh Company

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP has a strong practice for dispute resolution, particularly in the areas of insurance and construction. Ben Cowling is head of construction and specialises in construction-related matters and Saud Alsaab is the key point of contact for insurers and reinsurers on complex policy issues and litigated coverage disputes.

Practice head(s):

Abdulaziz Al-Bosaily; Ben Cowling; Saud Alsaab


‘It was a pleasure for our company to work with Saud Al Saab on insurance cases, additionally, the Clyde & Co. team was distinguished and flexible.’

‘The Clyde & Co team has great attention to details and interpersonal skills ’

‘The team is very commercial, easy to work with and friendly. They are very straightforward when it comes to the complexities of KSA law.’

Work highlights

  • Presented a claim under a Property All Risks and Business Interruption Policy for losses in the amount of (SAR 278,227,022) in respect of loss of revenue and wages due to restrictions on travel and lockdown measures, as well as the closure of the insured’s hotel on 5 March 2020, as a result of measures implemented by the KSA government in response to COVID-19.

The Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni

The Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni handles a range of dispute resolution matters and has a track record acting for international companies in matters arising from their entry into Saudi Arabia. Practice head Yousef Husiki is representing Sketchers Inc in multiple trademark litigations against various regional and Saudi Arabian entities. Emad Zahrani is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Yousef Husiki; Emad Zahrani


‘Emad is extremely conversant with KSA law and understands how to be flexible to offer his clients solutions.’

‘Emad is excellent and can communicate easily.’


Al Tamimi & Company

Al Tamimi & Company handles disputes before various courts and tribunals in Saudi Arabia. The firm is a popular choice for international companies, including Samsung, Hyundai and Virgin Mobile. Abdullah Al Tamimi leads the firm, he is well experienced in commercial litigation, including cross-border banking disputes and intellectual property infringement. Ahmed Basrawi is the head of litigation, he plays a key role in a wide range of construction, commercial and administrative disputes. Omar Amery is the head of litigation for the Al Khobar practice.

Practice head(s):

Abdullah Al Tamimi; Ahmed Basrawi; Omar Amery

Other key lawyers:

Emad Salameh; Saeed Alqahtani


‘Smart and hard workers.’

‘Holistic approach and teamwork.’

‘Extremely professional and well organized.’

Key clients

Samsung Engineering Company Limited – Saudi Arabian Branch

Branch of Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company Limited

Branch of Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company Limited

Virgin Mobile Saudi Consortium LLC

Morganti Group Inc. (USA)

Arboles Frutales Orero S.L. (Spain)

Al Ghurair Construction & Arabian Aluminium

Saudi Professional League

Awal Bank BSC (Bahrain)

Schneider Electric Company (Saudi Arabia)

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the Samsung Engineering Company Limited – Saudi Arabian Branch before the Appeal Committee for Resolution of Tax Violations and Disputes in connection with a tax dispute valued above SAR 500 million (including penalties).
  • Successfully represented a branch of Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company Limited before the Appeal Committee for Resolution of Tax Violations and Disputes (“Appeal Committee”) in connection with a tax dispute for the years 2013 and 2014 valued above SAR 208 million (including penalties).

AlGhazzawi & Partners

AlGhazzawi & Partners has an impressive list of Saudi Arabian corporations in its client list, notably Saudi Aramco, Saudi Chevron Philips Co.; Latifa Trading and Contracting Co. The firm specialises in defending multinationals in construction, operations, and contracting disputes. The firm’s Jeddah practice is headed by Belal T Ghazzawi, who is an expert in complex claims against leading Saudi construction companies with a foreign joint venture. Hussam Al Ghazzawi heads the Dammam practice.

Practice head(s):

Belal Ghazzawi, Hussam Ghazzawi


‘What makes the team quite effective from a client’s perspective is the combination of the detailed care and review of the case, coupled with the strategic thinking provided by the team leader and managing partner.’

‘The diversity of the team’s experience and background provides a holistic assessment of the case in question, thereby granting the client an added advantage.’

‘The team is dedicated to the client’s needs and targets. They do their best efforts to provide first-class services to achieve their goals.’

Key clients

Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco)

Latifia Trading and Contracting Co.

Saudi Chevron Phillips Co.

Saudi Methanol Co. – Chemanol

Saudi Investment Group and Marketing Co. Ltd.

Arabian Bemco Contracting Co. Ltd.

Baas International Group

Saeed Ghodran Group

Chinese Railways Construction Corpn

INDEVCO, (Napco)

Setcore Arabia Petroleum Services

Work highlights

  • Represented Al-Latifia Trading and Contracting Co. in its dispute JV Specon Drake & Skull JV in regard to subcontract works for the construction of a medical complex in Riyadh with claims and counterclaims in excess of $400m.
  • Represented Baas International Group (BIG) in its dispute with Saudi Railways Company in regard to issues surrounding the long-term lease of dry ports with claims and counterclaims in excess of $100m.
  • Represented Saudi Investment Group and Marketing Group in a real estate dispute involving an area of 18,000 square meters located in a key district of Riyadh with a valuation exceeding $20m.

Hammad & Al-Mehdar Law Firm

Hammad & Al-Mehdar Law Firm is a key port of call for construction-related contractual disputes and has also recently acted in inheritance disputes, often involving real estate, in the role of liquidator and judicial guard. Mohammad Al Mehdar and Adli Hammad lead the Jeddah practice, both are regularly engaged in construction disputes. Ali Al Toukhi leads the Al Khobar practice, and splits his time between there and Dhahran.

Practice head(s):

Mohammed Al-Mehdar; Ali Al Toukhi; Adli Hammad


‘Professional to deal with, respond in a timely manner, produce high quality work.’

‘Ali AlToukhi is very approachable, extremely knowledgeable (not just from a legal perspective, but from an industry and market perspective as well).’

Key clients

Saudi Bauer Foundation Contractors (Bauer)

Carlo Gavazzi Arabia Company Ltd

ALKIFAH Holding Company

Sheraton Hotels

Marc Vermeersch

Assets Protection Company Ltd (Wassim Alkaabour)

Bayader Al Aryaaf Telecommunication Systems Company (BATCO)

Sinohydro Corporation Limited

Nesma Holding Co.

Al Ghurair Construction Aluminium LLC

WSP Global Inc

Work highlights

  • Assigned to act as an official liquidator and judicial guard to represent Ibrahim Al-Afndi’s heirs in front of all government and private bodies.
  • Defended Fakhri in courts in relation to their inheritance, including different cases in several courts such as general, execution, corporate, and personal courts.

Al-Enezee Legal Counsel in association with EKP

BLK Partners, which is noted for its 'pragmatic approach to resolving issues', handles disputes spanning a range of industries, including insurance, retail and construction. The practice is run by experienced litigators Wissam Hachem and Khulaif Al-Enezee.

Practice head(s):

Wissam Hachem; Khulaif Al-Enezee


‘People are easy to work with, extremely professional and illustrate excellent industry knowledge. They have a pragmatic approach to resolving issues, swift response, and availability makes the practice unique.’

‘Very responsive and accommodating.’

‘Wissam Hachem was a sound legal advisor and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Al-Etihad Co-operative Insurance Co.

Work highlights

  • Representing Al-Etihad Co-operative Insurance Co. (paid-up capital of SAR 450 million) in relation to a case against the Saudi Venture Capital Company and the Venture Capital Bahraini Company.

Faisal Adnan Baassiri Law Firm in association with Ashurst LLP

Faisal Adnan Baassiri Law Firm in association with Ashurst LLP acts in a variety of disputes, including real estate, tax disputes and matters concerning the UK High Court. Faisal Adnan Baassiri is the key name.

Practice head(s):

Faisal Baassiri


‘Faisal is the ‘go-to’ expert in matters of Saudi law for any litigation in any jurisdiction or any international arbitration. His research is generally meticulous, his report measured and well-structured, and his presentation of that evidence in the box both attractive and compelling.’

Hourani & Partners

Hourani & Partners acts for a strong client list of international companies and is frequently engaged for disputes with a cross-border nexus. Recently, the firm handled several disputes and investigations in the highly regulated healthcare industry, a shareholder dispute, and a multi-party and multijurisdictional dispute in the manufacturing industry. The practice is led by Amgad Husein and Anas Akel.

Practice head(s):

Amgad Husein; Anas Akel

Other key lawyers:

Rudolf Goldschmidt


‘Amgad Husein and Anas Akel make the practice unique. They are leading lawyers in Saudi Arabia. They are always available, they know our business, and they know the healthcare market.’ 

‘Professionalism, collaboration, promptness, coverage of specialities.’

‘Very professional and available.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for Technip Energies and its subsidiaries in a shareholder dispute involving one of its Saudi Arabian subsidiaries, a joint venture company, against a Saudi Arabian minority shareholder obstructing the regularisation of the joint venture company’s records and constitutional documents.
  • Acting for Zedan Group in a multi-jurisdictional and multi-party dispute against an Italian manufacturing company of steel valves for the O&G industry, including a London-seated LCIA arbitration and as co-counsel in a Milanese Court action.
  • Successfully represented a subsidiary of one of the world’s leading online food delivery groups in a 4 year, multi-billion Euro shareholders dispute under DIFC-LCIA Rules (and related §1782 proceedings in US Federal Courts, subsequent DIAC-related transfer issues to the LCIA) with the tribunal awarding ownership of a leading Saudi tech company to the client.

Shearman & Sterling in association with the Law Firm of Dr. Sultan Almasoud

Shearman & Sterling in association with the Law Firm of Dr. Sultan Almasoud is a strong option for large corporate clients on high-value and complex matters. The firm has an impressive client list, including several clients from heavily regulated industries. The practice is led by Sultan Almasoud, who has an impressive record in corporate and commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Sultan Almasoud

Key clients

SNB Capital

Japan Saudi Arabia Methanol Company

PrivatAir Saudi Arabia Company Limited

Alsalam Aerospace Industries Company

Al-Futtaim Group

Enany Group

SETE Saudia Company

Jabal Omar Company

Fakieh Group

Alfouzan Group

Advanced Electronics Company

Rheinmetall AG

Seabed Geosolutions B.V


Bin Dayel Group

Alshahrani Almansour (in collaboration with DLA Piper)

Alshahrani Almansour (in collaboration with DLA Piper) handles disputes arising from everyday issues for large companies, including infringement of trademark rights, bankruptcy and labour issues. Mohammed Al Shahrani leads the Riyadh litigation and arbitration practice; he has extensive experience in acting for local and foreign organisations in commercial disputes, tax disputes, and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Mohammed Al Shahrani; Andrew Mackenzie


‘A law firm that supports regional businesses on their operations and investments in Saudi Arabia. Their presence in Al Khobar is very helpful. ’

‘Mohammed Al Shahrani has excellent knowledge of local dispute resolution and exclusively handles our local disputes matters.’

Key clients

Ekar Saudi




SNB Bank

Omar Al-Rasheed & Partners Law Firm

Omar Al-Rasheed & Partners Law Firm‘s litigation department conducts a wide range of litigation work for local and regional clients. The firm is led by Omar Alrasheed and Waleed Alkhalaf; the duo recently successfully gained a judgment for their client, Fahad International Company, against the Royal Saudi Naval Forces concerning a supply contract.

Practice head(s):

Omar Alrasheed; Walid Alkhalaf

Other key lawyers:

Fahad Al Rasheed


‘Omar Alrasheed and Waleed Alkhalaf are exceptional and they are often available for consultations and advice even if the issue is not legal. The relationship we have built over the years makes these two partners part of our group, and we trust their input on legal questions.’

‘Very responsive team, personalized service, always on call.’

‘Omar Alrasheed makes you feel that the case is his own. He gives you the feeling that you are in it together.’

‘They have a unique ability to respond efficiently to time sensitive matters, and can typically deploy personnel and resources for complex local and multi-jurisdictional issues across varied practice areas.’

‘Excellent case follow up and litigation practices.’ 

‘Dedication, personal involvement and client care.’ 

‘Omar Alrasheed leads this team with a comprehensive understanding of the economic and commercial infrastructure. ’

‘They care deeply about the cases and often check with us at different stages of the cases to get our inputs.’

Key clients

365 Company

Alam Alk

Alchemist Energy Trading DMCC


Aramex Regional LLC

Armah Sports Company

Al Ameel Company Ltd.

Dar Al Manajim Company |for Mining & Industry Ltd.

Ez Alsahra Holding Company

Fahad International Company (FIC)

Jeyad United for Real Estate Development

MAFAZ International Development Company

Manazel Tameer Company

Musharaka Capital Company

National Environment Recycling Company

Saudi Axiom Telecom

Saudi Makamen Holding Company

Saudi Vetonit Company

Werner Voss & Partner, Architects & Engineers

Work highlights

  • Represented a private joint stock company in the oil and gas sector in a multidimensional stockholder lawsuit relating to allegations of mismanagement and undervaluation of stock.
  • Represented a construction company in the Kingdom in a controversial project that included termination, compensation, and multiple litigations to cover all aspects needed in a construction matter.
  • Represented a REIT in the management of large lease matter with multiple levels of litigation and related organisational complexities that included collection, Covid-19 (force majeure), compensation.