Dispute resolution in Saudi Arabia

Derayah LLPC – Saudilegal

Derayah LLPC – Saudilegal has a broad client offering and advises on commercial disputes, with a focus on shipping, insurance, banking and capital market disputes, as well as government contract claims. The practice has been increasingly advising clients on bankruptcy matters. Andreas A Haberbeck heads the team which also includes Amr Kadi who was previously a judge and has been involved in high-profile cross-border sukuk litigation.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Haberbeck

Other key lawyers:

Amr Kadi

Key clients

SAMBA Financial Group

Citicorp Trustee Company Limited

Golden Belt 1 Sukuk Company

Work highlights

  • Acting as independent advisors on Saudi law to SAMBA Financial Group, in English High Court proceedings brought by the liquidators of Saad Investments Company, in connection with a claim for $318m.
  • Representing 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 $650m.

Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni In association with Dechert LLP

Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni In association with Dechert LLP has a strong understanding of Shari'ah-compliant products and combines it with its significant experience in arbitration and litigation. Key individuals in the team include Emad Zahrani, who is recommended for Shari'ah-compliant matters, and Atif Mulla, who specialises in construction and shipping disputes. Hassan Mahassni and Yousef Al Husiki are further names to note.

Practice head(s):

Yousef Al-Huseiki; Emad Zahrani; Atif Mulla

Other key lawyers:

Hassan Mahassni

Khoshaim & Associates

Khoshaim & Associates has significant experience acting on high-profile disputes and showcases particular expertise in arbitration. Managing partner Zeyad Khoshaim is recommended for international and domestic arbitration. Counsel Nasser Alrubayyi is another key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Zeyad Khoshaim

Other key lawyers:

Nasser Alrubayyi

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

AlDhabaan & Partners in association with Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles a broad range of disputes including banking, construction, labour, agency agreements, tax and various other civil and commercial matters. The practice also has in-depth knowledge of Shari'ah compliance and arbitration. Regulatory advice, led by managing partner Fahad AlDehais AlMalki, has been a growing area for the team which it acts for government bodies.  Founding partner Mohammad AlDhabaan and Saud Al Romi are also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Mohammed AlDhabaan; Fahad AlDehais AlMalki; Saud Al Romi

Key clients

Al-Mal Investment Co. (K.P.S.C.)

Work highlights

  • Representing Al-Mal Investment Co in claiming damages as a result from the alleged unlawful termination at the Saudi Administrative Court.

Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm in association with Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm in association with Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP has an active presence in the courts and displays a strong understanding of commercial and labour cases. Advising financial services and securities firms on regulatory compliance and investigations on matters including competition, labour and immigration is another key area of focus. Mohammed Al-Ghamdi is recommended for domestic and international arbitration. Other key individuals include Deirdre Walker and Orlando Vidal.

Practice head(s):

Mohammed Al-Ghamdi

Other key lawyers:

Deirdre Walker; Orlando Vidal

Zamakhchary & Co. in agreement with Linklaters

Zamakhchary & Co. in agreement with Linklaters regularly represents government bodies in commercial disputes and handles disputes seated at General Courts and the Committee for Resolution of Securities Disputes. Representing creditors in complex insolvency cases is another area of expertise. Within the team, Monaji Zamakhchary focuses on corporate litigation,  Abdulatif AlHarthi heads the team's shari'ah contentious offering, and jointly lead the dispute resolution team with Sarah Gonem who also leads the regulatory practice.

Practice head(s):

Monaji Zamakhchary; Abdulatif AlHarthi; Sarah Gonem

Key clients

KSA government, led by the Ministry of Finance

Consortium of banks, led by Banque Saudi Fransi

Grant Thornton as liquidator for SICL and Singularis Holdings Limited

AWALCos and SIFCO5

Deloitte Touche & Co.

Individual Deloitte Partners

Zain Group

Arabio (Arab Company for Pharmaceutical Products)

Innova Health

Bugshan Investment

Work highlights

  • Representing Grant Thornton acting as liquidators to SICL and Singularis Holdings in their creditor claims of over $2.2bn against Maan AlSanea, which is undergoing financial restructuring in the Commercial Courts.
  • Representing a number of KSA government entities in claims worth over SAR600m brought against the contractors relating to a major public works project.
  • Representing a consortium of banks in a high-profile liquidation of Saudi Oger in the Commercial Courts.

Al-Jadaan & Partners Law Firm

Al-Jadaan & Partners Law Firm showcases expertise in handling banking, corporate, commercial and civil cases. The practice is led by managing partner Abdullah Al-Hashim who excels in construction and land disputes. Yousef Al-Jadaan is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Abdullah Al-Hashim

Other key lawyers:

Yousef Al-Jadaan

Al Tamimi & Company

Al Tamimi & Company has experience advising clients on contractual, tax and employment disputes. The practice represents a range of clients with a particular focus on financial services and consultancy firms. The well regarded Abdullah Al Tamimi has in-depth knowledge of litigation, arbitration and Shari'ah issues. Jeddah-based Ahmed Basrawi heads the litigation team and has notable expertise in shipping and construction matters. Emad Salameh is also noted for construction and commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Abdullah Al Tamimi; Ahmed Basrawi; Emad Salameh

Testimonials

‘Generally across departments updates are regular and advice is clear. I have worked with various teams within ATCO and they have been helpful, responsive and have provided pragmatic and (where necessary) innovative guidance on matters within KSA.’

Key clients

BGP Arabia

Work highlights

  • Defending BGP Arabia in a case before the General Court claiming SAR15m compensation for damages allegedly caused by its equipment.

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP has significant experience handling cases before the local courts and committee including the Sharia courts, Banking Disputes Committee and Insurance Disputes Committee. Ben Cowling handles construction disputes and arbitration, while Robert Lawrence focuses on shipping, and oil and gas matters. Insurance specialist Mark Beswetherick and Saud Alsaab are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Abdulaziz Al-Bosaily; Ben Cowling; Saud Alsaab; Richard Bell; Robert Lawrence; Mark Beswetherick

The Law Firm of Salah Al-Hejailan in association with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

The Law Firm of Wael A. Alissa in association with Dentons

The Law Firm of Wael A. Alissa in association with Dentons has a broad client offering that includes civil, corporate, banking, employment and administrative litigation. Arbitration, alternative dispute resolution and Shari'ah law are other areas of strength. Wael A. Alissa has a strong track record litigating in various courts.

Practice head(s):

Wael A. Alissa

Key clients

Stanbroke

Work highlights

  • Represented Stanbroke in the Saudi Commercial Court regarding a lawsuit in relation to recouping SAR2m from a local company that filed for bankruptcy.

Hammad & Al-Mehdar Law Firm

Hammad & Al-Mehdar Law Firm has a litigation practice that covers international commerce, banking, construction, customs and logistics. Founding partner Mohammad Al Mehdar heads the practice and has experience handling cases before the SAMA Banking Disputes Committee and the CMA Committee for the Resolution of Securities Disputes.

Al-Enezee Legal Counsel in association with EKP

Al-Enezee Legal Counsel in association with EKP has a diverse client base that covers sectors including insurance, aviation, healthcare, telecoms and energy. The dispute resolution practice handles litigation, domestic and international arbitration as well as mediation and conciliation. Khulaif Al-Enezee heads the practice and is well versed in Shari'ah law.

Practice head(s):

Khulaif Al-Enezee

Other key lawyers:

Wissam Hachem

Key clients

Saudi Arabian Airlines

POSH SEMCO Pte Ltd

POSH Saudi Arabia

United Cooperative Assurance Company (UCA)

Sinopec International Petroleum Services (Sinopec)

OHL Arabia

China National Chemical Engineering Co No.7 Ltd (CNCEC)

L’Azurde

ZP Arabia Drilling Company Ltd

aSAY Group

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Ltd.

Saudi Diesel Equipment Company Ltd.

Globalpharma Company LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Saudi Arabian Airlines on all its cargo, ground handling and passengers claims in Saudi Arabia.
  • Representing POSH SEMCO Pte Ltd in a claim against a Saudi offshore company for dues in connection with unpaid charter hires in Saudi Arabia and successfully obtained an award for an amount of SAR27m and enforced it in Saudi Arabia.
  • Defending United Cooperative Assurance Company in a SAR45m claim under a Trade Insurance Policy.

Al-Ghazzawi Professional Association (in association with Herbert Smith LLP)

Al-Ghazzawi Professional Association (in association with Herbert Smith LLP) has represented both international and domestic companies in litigation and ADR cases. Name partner Talal Amin Ghazzawi is particularly skilled in arbitration.

Saud Al-Ammari (Dr.) Law Firm

Saud Al-Ammari (Dr.) Law Firm displays high-level expertise in Shari'ah law, construction, energy and employment. Name partner Saud Al-Ammari is recommended for competition-related disputes.

Faisal Adnan Baassiri Law Firm in association with Ashurst LLP

Faisal Adnan Baassiri Law Firm in association with Ashurst LLP has a wealth of experience advising on international arbitration, commercial disputes, fraud and corporate crime, compliance and alternative dispute resolution. The practice has particular expertise advising sukuk holders. Managing partner Faisal Adnan Baassiri heads the practice alongside energy and infrastructure litigation specialist Cameron Cuffe. Dyfan Owen relocated to London.

Practice head(s):

Faisal Adnan Baassiri; Cameron Cuffe

Key clients

Fortress Investment Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for Fortress Investment Group in respect of proceedings before a banking dispute committee in Saudi Arabia.

BSA in collaboration with ALF Alanezi Law Firm

BSA in collaboration with ALF Alanezi Law Firm's team is led by Abdallah Alanez, who has experience handling media disputes. Other key areas of focus include banking, pharmaceuticals and engineering disputes.

DLA Piper in collaboration with Mohammed Ayedh AlShahrani and Saad Mansour AlMansour Law Firm began its collaboration with Alshahrani Almansour from July 2020. The practice handles international arbitration, white-collar crime, and offshore and onshore litigation in the UAE courts. Henry Quinlan heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Henry Quinlan

Feras Al Shawaf Law Firm in Association with CMS

Feras Al Shawaf Law Firm in Association with CMS showcases particular expertise in energy and infrastructure disputes. The team is led by Feras Al Shawaf which also includes Randall Walker.

Practice head(s):

Feras Al Shawaf

Other key lawyers:

Randall Walker

Jones Day in association with Ebrahim Alhabardi Law Office

Jones Day in association with Ebrahim Alhabardi Law Office has an active presence in the major industrial and infrastructure projects space, with a broad range of contentious experience covering litigation and arbitration. Javade Chaudhri specialises in infrastructure and Pierre R. Heitzmann focuses on construction.

Practice head(s):

Javade Chaudhri; Pierre R. Heitzmann

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

Shearman & Sterling in association with the Law Firm of Dr. Sultan Almasoud has significant experience handling cases before a variety of courts and committees including SAMA Committee for the Settlement of Banking Disputes, general courts and commercial courts. Sultan Almasoud heads the practice and has expertise in real estate, retail and financial services sectors.

Practice head(s):

Dr. Sultan Almasoud

Key clients

Japan Saudi Arabia Methanol Company

BNP Paribas

Alsalam Aerospace Industries Company

Al-Futtaim Group

Enany Group

SETE Saudia Company

Jabal Omar Company

Fakieh Group

Ben Dayel Group

Al Fouzan Group

Seabed Geosolutions

Privat Air Saudi Arabia

Advanced Electronics Company