Real estate and construction in Saudi Arabia

Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited

Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited has expertise in contentious and non-contentious real estate and construction work and is most active in high-scale hotel developments. Bilal Ambikapathy leads the real estate practice and advises on commercial, hospitality retail and residential developments. He recently advised Thakher Investment Company on its agreements with Accor for three Novotel-branded hotel towers and a branded residence tower to be developed in Thakher City, Makkah. Gavin Witcombe heads the construction team and focuses on project developments and disputes. Ambikapathy and Witcombe divide their time between the firm's Riyadh and Manama offices.

Testimonials

‘They comprehend their international clients’ concerns and needs, and are able to pacify or satisfy them without diverting from the local legislation’s requirements.’

‘They are very good at understanding the commercial rationale behind certain requests, therefore they are capable of proposing various paths that can take you to your desired outcome.’

Key clients

Alinma Investment Company

Riyad bank

Maad International Company

Mohammed I. Alsubeaei & Sons Investment Company

Sulaiman Abdulaziz Al Rajhi Real Estate Investment Company

Al Tayyar Travel Group

HSBC Saudi Arabia

Work highlights

  • Acting for Umm Al Qura Development Company on the structuring of branded residences towers in the King Abdulaziz Road Development, Makkah.
  • Acting for Taiba Holding Company in negotiations with Hilton for the development and operations of a Double Tree by Hilton-branded hotel in Jeddah.  
  • Advising Saudi Binladin Group Company Limited on all legal matters relating to the expansion project for Velana International Airport in the Republic of Maldives, including construction and corporate issues.

Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm (AS&H) in co-operation with Clifford Chance

Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm (AS&H) in co-operation with Clifford Chance is a popular choice for advising on high-scale real estate and construction projects in the region. Majid Al-Sheikh leads the practice and regularly advises on big-ticket real estate transactions. Managing partner Fahad Abuhimed has considerable experience advising on public policy and regulatory issues relating to the real estate space. The team also draws upon figures from the Dubai office, including Tariq Imam, who is an expert in real estate transactions and financing.

Practice head(s):

Majid Al-Sheikh

Other key lawyers:

Fahad Abuhimed; Tariq Imam

Key clients

Qiddiya Investment Company

King Abdullah Financial District Development Company

Saudi Entertainment Ventures

Work highlights

  • Advising Saudi Entertainment Ventures on a number of real estate acquisitions, leases and memoranda of understandings as well as joint ventures with international entities in the entertainment sector.
  • Acting for Qiddiya Investment Company on the Qiddiya Project, an infrastructure mega project in the central region of Saudi Arabia.
  • Advising King Abdullah Financial District Development Company on regulatory, corporate, real estate and construction matters, as well as assisting with the development of a new regulatory framework for the King Abdullah Financial District.

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP's team stands out for its 'global depth and reach with respect to international issues in the industry'. Construction disputes specialist Ben Cowling leads the team and has represented major contractors, developers and public bodies in arbitration and litigation. Peter Greatrex splits his time between the firm's Dubai and Riyadh offices and works on non-contentious issues. He is particularly strong in advising on PPPs in the areas of infrastructure, housing and transport. Also highly recommended is Abdulaziz Al-Bosaily, who is experienced in litigation and procurement.

Practice head(s):

Ben Cowling 

Testimonials

Global depth and reach with respect to international issues in the industry.

Key clients

Hochtief

Samsung Engineering

Absal Paul Contracting

Ma’aden (Saudi Mining Company)

Arriyadh New Mobility Consortium

Yapi Merkezi

Salini Impregilo

Vision Invest (ACWA Holding)

Umm Al Qura Development and Construction Company

Work highlights

  • Advising Umm Al Qura Development and Construction Company on developing the King Abdul Aziz Road project, which will include residential units; a hotel; commercial and recreational areas; and a new mosque.
  • Assisting the shareholders of AES Arabia with the sale of 100% of the share capital in the company to Al Babtain Contracting Company and Al Babtain Holding Investment Company.

Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni In association with Dechert LLP

Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni In association with Dechert LLP is noted for handling development contracts and lease agreements. Emad Zahrani is the key name.

King & Spalding in Affiliation With the Law Office of Mohammad Al-Ammar

King & Spalding in affiliation with the Law Office of Mohammad Al-Ammar handles a balanced workload handling contentious and non-contentious matters in the real estate and construction space, and has notable expertise advising on energy and infrastructure developments. Abu Dhabi-based Tim Burbury leads the firm's Middle Eastern construction practice. He is currently very active in advising on PPPs relating to healthcare, housing and education projects. Also based in Abu Dhabi is Adrian Cole, who focuses on arbitration involving energy and infrastructure projects. In Dubai, Moustafa K. Said handles real estate transactions, with a strong emphasis on the hospitality sector.

Practice head(s):

Tim Burbury; Adrian Cole 

Other key lawyers:

Moustafa K. Said

Key clients

Advance Water Technology

Abu Dhabi Transmission & Despatch Company (Transco)

AlAmwal AlKhaleejiah

Abu Dhabi Retirement Pensions & Benefits Fund

DAR Al-Handasah

Dhahran Techno Valley Company

Sharjah Asset Management Holding

Shuaa Energy 2 PSC

Thakher real Estate & Investment Company

Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company

ALDAR Properties PJSC

Booz Allen Hamilton

BUPA

Dubai World Trade Centre

United Eastern Medical Services

TwoFour54

JERA

Meraas

Investment Corporation of Dubai

Samba Capital

Al Sharq Investments

Al Tahaluf Real Estate

Midad

Jabal Omar Development Company

Al Rajhi Capital

Shapoorji Pallonji

Riyad Capital

Work highlights

  • Acting for Jeddah Economic Company on the procurement and development of electrical supply for phase one of the Jeddah Economic City development.
  • Advised Reem Integrated Healthcare Holdings, an investment company sponsored by the client, Blue Apple Healthcare Services LLC, on the financing for the construction of a new landmark hospital complex on Reem Island, Abu Dhai UAE.
  • Assisting Cepsa with its 50/50 joint venture to design, build, finance and operate a 150,000 tonne per annum petrochemical manufacturing facility in the UAE.

Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi in association with Latham & Watkins LLP

Real estate transactions, construction contracts and property finance are the core areas of focus for Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi in association with Latham & Watkins LLP's team. Name partner Salman M. Al-Sudairi leads the practice and has expertise in the aforementioned areas.

Practice head(s):

Salman M. Al-Sudairi 

The Law Office of Megren M. Al-Shaalan in cooperation with White & Case

The Law Office of Megren M. Al-Shaalan in cooperation with White & Case is notably strong in commercial, residential and infrastructure-related real estate and construction projects. Adam Pierson is a key figure and has particular expertise in hotels, mixed-use developments and social housing real estate. Other notable names include Doug Peel and Abu Dhabi-based Antoine Cousin.

Al Tamimi & Company

Al Tamimi & Company's team has 'exceptional knowledge of industry best practices and local nuances' with the ability to communicate 'expeditiously', 'efficiently' and 'succinctly'. Dubai-based Tara Marlow leads the team and is particularly strong in the hotel and leisure sector. Emad Salameh is a key name in the Riyadh office.

Practice head(s):

Tara Marlow

Work highlights

  • Advised King Abdullah Financial District Development & Management Company on a multi-tower real estate development in Riyadh.
  • Acted for Jabal Omar Development Company on a 40-tower development in Makkah.
  • Assisted Raza with the documentation surrounding the Digital City project in Riyadh.

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

AlDhabaan & Partners in association with Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises domestic and international companies on major real estate developments, where the Riyadh office works in tandem with specialists in Dubai. For example, Riyadh-based Fahad AlDehais AlMalki and Anmar Al-Gharifi worked alongside Andrew Thomson, who is based in Dubai, to advise AWJ Real Estate Development Company on its mixed-use development. Also recommended is Dubai-based Paul D Taylor, who focuses on construction arbitration, and Riyadh office managing partner Mohammad AlDhabaan, who is an expert in real estate transactions.

Key clients

AWJ Real EstateDevelopment

Saudi Telecom Company

Work highlights

  • Advise AWJ Real Estate Development Company on its mixed-use development.

AlSabhan & AlAjaji Law Firm

AlSabhan & AlAjaji Law Firm advises on the contentious and non-contentious aspects of real estate and construction projects. Ibrahim Alajaji, who is a key name for real estate litigation, and Naif Alsabhan, who handles real estate transactions and litigation, are the practice heads.

Hatem Abbas Ghazzawi & Co.

Hatem Abbas Ghazzawi & Co.'s strength in this space includes advising on land acquisitions and energy projects, as well as representing clients in contractual disputes. Andreas Haberbeck leads the practice and focuses on transactional work and dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Haberbeck

Key clients

Sadafco

Work highlights

  • Advising Swiss industrial technologies provider ABB on the formation of a joint venture with Canadian engineering major SNC-Lavalin to handles engineering, procurement and construction projects in the power sector.

Khoshaim & Associates

Khoshaim & Associates in cooperation with Allen & Overy LLP's team has been kept busy handling real estate and construction contracts and agreements. Managing partner Zeyad Khoshaim leads the practice; he recently advised Tatweer Buildings Company on the construction of schools in Makkahand and Jeddah.

Practice head(s):

Zeyad Khoshaim

Testimonials

‘Very dedicated team and well coordinated.’

‘Zeyad Khoshaim is very experienced and has well established networks within the market which allow him to work effectively and promptly.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Tatweer Buildings Company on the construction of schools in Makkahand and Jeddah.