Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni > Jeddah, Saudi Arabia > Firm Profile

Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni
AL-NAKHEEL CENTER, 3RD FLOOR
MEDINA ROAD, PALESTINE CIRCLE, PO BOX 2256
JEDDAH 21451
Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni has a well-established dispute resolution practice and handles high-value arbitrations and complex litigation for multinationals and leading Saudi companies. Led by Emad Zahrani, the team has appeared before the ICC, LCIA and the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce, and continues to handle significant mandates in the construction, real estate, and banking space. Atif Mulla specialises in shipping matters whilst Yousef Al Husiki is the name for employment disputes.

Practice head(s):

Yousef Husiki; Emad Zahrani; Atif Mulla

Testimonials

‘They understand the law in KSA perfectly well and are up-to-date with all changes.’

Saudi Arabia > Banking and finance Tier 2

The Jeddah-based banking team at Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni has a specialism in project financing matters in the renewable energy space, particularly wind and thermal energy storage. The group, led by Atif Mulla, advises lenders on Islamic transactions related to construction and development projects in the Kingdom. Associate Faisal Linjawy is a core member of the team, noted for project financing.

Practice head(s):

Atif Mulla; Faisal Linjawy

Work highlights

  • Acted for ACWA Power for the bidding of the Noor Midelt-1 Solar Power Project.
  • Acted for ACWA Power as local counsel for the closing of the BenBan PV Solar Power Project in relation to various financing arrangements.
  • Acted as Saudi Arabia counsel for Atrafin on the closing of two Ex-Im Bank guaranteed equipment finance loans to borrower, Al Hidada Ltd. (“Hidada”) of Saudi Arabia, part of the $44bn Xenel Group.

Saudi Arabia > Projects and energy Tier 2

Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni has a well-established projects and energy practice group with a focus on high-value project construction matters in the power, wind, and solar areas. Emad Zahrani is the main contact overseeing the group alongside legal consultant Atif Mulla. The team advises on financing, development, and operational matters for leading Saudi companies.

Practice head(s):

Atif Mulla; Emad Zahrani; Faisal A. Linjawy

Work highlights

  • Acting for a well-known Korean Company in a JV company with the Public Investment Fund (PIF) (the sovereign fund of Saudi Arabia) in the Saudi Riyals 3.37 billion (USD 900 million) Madinah Hajj City Project for the construction of residential, commercial, office complex, along with the service utilities and transportation station including five Hotels Buildings.
  • Advising SEPCO III Electric Power Construction Corporation Saudi Branch for Yanbu III Power Project, in its role as the EPC cAontractor for the Project.

Saudi Arabia > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni focuses on the transfer and development of real estate projects, with notable strength in project structures including BTO, BOT, and PPPs. Emad Zahrani jointly leads the group with Yousef Al Husiki that counts regional and international corporates, including high-net-worth families in the Kingdom as key clients. The team lost Atif Mulla to Clyde & Co LLP in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Yousef Husiki

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

  • Acting for a multi-millionaire business family who is the former president of the Royal Etiquettes & Protocols in relation to the transferring of the ownership of his real estate properties to his wife and daughters.
  • Acting for a multi-millionaire business family who are well known for his business empire in the western part of Saudi Arabia for creation of an Islamic Waqf (trust) for endowment of various real estate properties including prime properties near the two-holy mosque of Makkah and Madinah.
  • Representing a Saudi Arabian company in connection with the negotiation of a development contract with Jeddah Development and Urban Regeneration Company (“JDURC”).

Saudi Arabia > Capital markets Tier 3

Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni has seen an increase in instructions from domestic and foreign corporates on acquiring securities in the Saudi market. The practice has demonstrable strength in advising investment banks on domestic CMA regulations and agreements. Led by Emad Zahrani, key contacts in the team include counsel Husam El-Khatib and associate Faisal Linjawy.

Practice head(s):

Emad Zahrani; Faisal A. Linjawy; Husam El-Khatib

Work highlights

  • Instructed by a US securities house to review its securities agreements with HSBC Saudi Arabia to become qualified as a Qualified Foreign Investor under the QFI Regulations of the Saudi Capital Market Authority.
  • Acting for a UAE-based investment bank regarding a potential capital markets licensing setup in Saudi Arabia.
  • Advising a Bahraini investment firm that setup an medical investment fund in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on its formal application, subscription agreement and prospectus (PPM) to the Saudi Capital Market Authority.

Saudi Arabia > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni acts in a range of corporate transactions for clients, including foreign investment, joint ventures, and cross-border acquisitions. The group is led by senior consultant AbdulMoeen Arnous who advises on restructurings and counts various petrochemical and oil and gas companies as key clients. He is supported by associate Faisal Linjawy who has aspecialism in liquidation matters.

Practice head(s):

AbdulMoeen Arnous; Faisal A. Linjawy

The firm: Hassan Mahassni is one of the premier law firms in Saudi Arabia. The practice is structured as a professional association composed of three partners and is staffed by highly qualified lawyers. Founded in 1970, the firm has a large local and international practice focused on corporate, commercial and financial transactions, including joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, capital market transactions, banking, financial services, project finance and Islamic finance. The firm also has significant litigation practice before Saudi Arabian courts and other adjudicatory authorities and before arbitral tribunals. The firm has been consistently recognized locally and internationally as a leading firm and has helped shape the commercial landscape of Saudi Arabia, where it has formed various leading national companies.

The firm’s leading presence was further fortified recently by an exclusive association with Dechert LLP, an international law firm with 28 offices in 14 countries. Dechert LLP is an international law firm of more than 900 lawyers with top-ranked practices in projects and construction, complex litigation, finance and real estate, and financial services and asset management. Dechert LLP established its presence in the Middle East in early 2012 with the opening of its Dubai office, though most of its lawyers based in the Middle East have been in the region for much longer. The association is directed towards expanding the capabilities and offerings of both firms and combining the tremendous global reputation of Dechert alongside the formidable multi-disciplinary expertise and experience of the Hassan Mahassni team.

Areas of practice
Projects and infrastructure: The Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni is working on some national level projects such as the SR45bn Jeddah Metro Project, Equestrian Club Corniche Project, Qurayyah Power Project, Capital Markets Authority Tower, the SR62bn Makkah Metro Project and several multibillion-dollar Saudi Aramco energy projects.

Project finance: The Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni has extensive experience in project financings in Saudi Arabia. Among its notable recent project financing representations, the firm has acted as counsel for the transport stations in Makkah, King Abdullah Security Buildings Project, Phase 3 banking facilities, Kudai Towers financing arrangements, SR27bn King Abdulaziz International Airport Development Banking Facilities and acting for the Saudi Aramco power cogeneration projects at Abqaiq, Hawiyah and Ras Tanura.

Banking and finance: The firm acts as transaction counsel to various lenders and borrowers in connection with loan and syndicated loan facilities and other financing transactions. The Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni also has extensive experience in the structuring, development, documentation and negotiation of Islamic finance transactions. It has recently advised in relation to numerous high-profile Islamic finance transactions, including the SAR10bn ($2.66bn) Islamic facilities relating to the major development works for King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Corporate and commercial: The firm has one of the oldest corporate and commercial practices in Saudi Arabia. It advises on all corporate and commercial matters, including joint ventures and foreign investment, the licensing and formation of Saudi Arabian companies, domestic and cross-border acquisitions, corporate liquidations and commercial contracts. The Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni advised Kimberly Clark Corporation regarding the formation of a new subsidiary in Saudi Arabia with trading and industrial licences, and advised Saudi Total Petroleum Products Limited in connection with the restructuring of its investment licences in Saudi Arabia.

Dispute resolution: With over 40 years’ experience in the courts of a state merely 80 years old, the Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni has come to be relied on as one of the oldest and most well-established Saudi Arabian law firms, with a highly respected dispute resolution department. The firm has represented litigants in matters before all of Saudi Arabia’s courts and tribunals, including the Board of Grievances, both in administrative cases involving the Saudi Arabian government and in commercial cases between private sector litigants.

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Agency, distributorship and franchise
Aviation
Banking and finance
Capital markets
Commercial
Construction and engineering
Corporate
Dispute resolution
Energy and utilities
Environmental
Government contracts
Insurance
Intellectual property
Islamic finance
Labour and employment
Mergers and acquisitions
Private equity and funds
Project finance
Regulatory and compliance
Technology and telecoms
Agency, distributorship and franchise
Aviation
Banking and finance
Capital markets
Commercial
Construction and engineering
Corporate
Dispute resolution
Energy and utilities
Environmental
Government contracts
Insurance
Intellectual property
Islamic finance
Labour and employment
Mergers and acquisitions
Private equity and funds
Project finance
Regulatory and compliance
Technology and telecoms

The firm: the Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni is one of the premier law firms in Saudi Arabia. The practice is structured as a professional association composed of five partners and is staffed by highly qualified lawyers. Founded in 1970, the firm has a large local and international practice focused on corporate, commercial and financial transactions, including joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, capital market transactions, banking, financial services, project finance and Islamic finance. The firm also has a significant litigation practice before Saudi Arabian courts and other adjudicatory authorities and before arbitral tribunals. The firm has been consistently recognized locally and internationally as a leading firm and has helped shape the commercial landscape of Saudi Arabia, where it has formed various leading national companies.

Areas of practice: Projects and infrastructure: The Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni has worked on and continues to work on leading national level projects such as the SR45bn Jeddah Metro Project, Equestrian Club Corniche Project, Qurayyah Power Project, Capital Markets Authority Tower, the SR62bn Makkah Metro Project and several multibillion-dollar Saudi Aramco energy projects.

Project finance: The Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni has extensive experience in project financings in Saudi Arabia. Among its notable recent project financing and refinancing representations, the firm has acted as counsel for  the transport stations in Makkah, King Abdullah Security Buildings Project, Phase 3 banking facilities, Kudai Towers financing arrangements, SR27bn King Abdulaziz International Airport Development Banking Facilities and acting as Special Counsel on the $530 million refinancing of the Saudi Aramco power cogeneration projects at Abqaiq, Hawiyah and Ras Tanura.

Banking and finance: The firm acts as transaction counsel to various lenders and borrowers in connection with loan and syndicated loan facilities and other financing transactions. The Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni also has extensive experience in the structuring, development, documentation and negotiation of Islamic finance transactions. It has recently advised in relation to numerous high-profile Islamic finance transactions, including the SAR10bn ($2.66bn) Islamic facilities relating to the major development works for King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Corporate and commercial: The firm has one of the oldest corporate and commercial practices in Saudi Arabia. It advises on all corporate and commercial matters, including joint ventures and foreign investment, the licensing and formation of Saudi Arabian companies, domestic and cross-border acquisitions, corporate liquidations and commercial contracts. The Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni advised Kimberly Clark Corporation regarding the formation of a new subsidiary in Saudi Arabia with trading and industrial licences, and advised Saudi Total Petroleum Products Limited in connection with the restructuring of its investment licences in Saudi Arabia.

Dispute resolution: With over 40 years’ experience in the courts of a state merely 80 years old, the Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni has come to be relied on as one of the oldest and most well-established Saudi Arabian law firms, with a highly respected dispute resolution department. The firm has represented litigants in matters before all of Saudi Arabia’s courts and tribunals, including the Board of Grievances, both in administrative cases involving the Saudi Arabian government and in commercial cases between private sector litigants.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Aviation
Agency, distributorship and franchise
Banking and finance
Capital markets
Commercial
Construction and engineering
Corporate
Dispute resolution
Energy and utilities
Environmental
Government contracts
Insurance
Intellectual property
Islamic finance
Labour and employment
Mergers and acquisitions
Private equity and funds
Project finance
Regulatory and compliance
Technology and telecoms
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Translation : 4
Secretarial : 10
Finance : 4
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