Firm Profile > Hatem Abbas Ghazzawi & Co. > Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Hatem Abbas Ghazzawi & Co.
POST OFFICE BOX 6387
JEDDAH 21442
Saudi Arabia

Dispute resolution Tier 1

For some, Hatem Abbas Ghazzawi & Co. has 'a greater understanding of the legal process in the country' than other firms according to one client, and particularly stands out for its work in the areas of banking, securities and capital markets. Practice head Andreas Haberbeck provides advice that is 'always clear and concise' and 'leaves you in no doubt as to his experience and knowledge of the Saudi Arabian legal process'. He is acting as an expert witness in English High Court proceedings brought by the liquidators of Saad Investments Company. He is supported by Amr Kady, who is an expert in sukuk litigation.

Testimonials

‘Andreas Haberbeck is always prompt in his responses whatever day of the week you make contact and wherever in the world he may be.’

‘Hatem Abbas Ghazzawi & Co always provide prompt clear and concise advice and seem to have a greater understanding of the legal process in the country.’

‘Andreas Haberbeck’s advice is always clear and concise and leaves you in no doubt of his experience and knowledge of the Saudi Arabian legal process.’

Banking and finance Tier 2

Hatem Abbas Ghazzawi & Co. is regularly instructed as local counsel on major financings involving international law firms without an affiliate office in Riyadh. Testament to this was practice head Ali Abedi's advice to Acwa Power on the development and financing of Saudi Arabia’s first renewable energy project alongside Covington & Burling LLP.

Testimonials

‘Due to their long running continuity in the Saudi legal market and their Saudi lawyers, their greatest asset is their in-depth of knowledge of Saudi/Islamic law, legislation, and the practices, and procedures of the various Saudi governmental authorities.’

‘Another significant asset at their disposal is their team’s ability to work effectively in both English and Arabic. They are one of the few all Saudi firms that have substance as they actually have people on the ground.’

Key clients

ACWA Power

The Dow Chemical Company and Sadara Chemical Company

Metito

Citicorp

Capital markets Tier 2

Hatem Abbas Ghazzawi & Co. is a key name for sukuk issuances, securities disputes and regulatory compliance. Practice head Asad Abedi recently advised National Commercial Bank on the early redemption of sukuk bonds. Andreas Haberbeck handles contentious matters; he acted for Citicorp Trustee Company in a dispute against Saad Trading and Maan Al Sanea in relation to a default under a sukuk bond.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Hatem Abbas Ghazzawi & Co. is one of the region's strongest independent law firms, and as a result, is regularly instructed by international firms without a Saudi affiliate to act as local counsel. Testament to this was the firm's advice, as local counsel alongside Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, to Swiss company ABB on the formation of a joint venture with Canadian Engineering company SNC-Lavin concerning power construction projects. Key names include Andreas Haberbeck, who works on transactions and restructurings; Asad Abedi, who focuses on M&A and securities law; and Ali Abedi, who is an expert in joint ventures.

Key clients

F. Hoffman La Roche AG

ABB

Rabigh Arabian Water & Electricity Company

Software

Nabors Industries

Projects and energy Tier 2

Hatem Abbas Ghazzawi & Co. frequently acts as local counsel on major project finance mandates involving international law firms without an affiliate office in Riyadh. In recent work, practice head Ali Abedi, alongside Covington & Burling LLP, assisted Acwa Power with the development and financing of Saudi Arabia’s first renewable energy project . Associate Dana Halwani, who regularly works alongside Abedi, is also noted.

Key clients

ACWA Power

The Dow Chemical Company and Sadara Chemical Company

Metito

Citicorp

Real estate and construction Tier 3

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.

Key clients

Sadafco

Hatem Abbas Ghazzawi & Co. (formerly Abbas F. Ghazzawi & Co.) has been at the forefront of legal developments in Saudi Arabia, advising BP and Royal Dutch Shell in connection with their participation in the Saudi Arabian Gas Initiative known as Core Venture 1, advising the lenders in a limited recourse financing of the first Independent Power Project in Saudi Arabia, advising the project company in the development and construction of the first Independent Water Project in Saudi Arabia, advising the lenders in the first IWPP in Saudi Arabia, advising the lenders on the first wholly Islamic financed project and acting as counsel to the issue in the first Initial Public Offering under the new Capital Market Regulation.

As an independent firm, a major part of their practice is to act as Saudi counsel on the instructions of international law firms, which include Allen & Overy, Ashurst, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Clifford Chance, Davis Polk & Wardwell, Latham & Watkins, Linklaters, Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, Shearman & Sterling, Skadden Arps, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, and Slaughter and May.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking & Finance, Corporate & Commerical, Projects & Energy Ali Abedi ali.abedi@saudilegal.com +966-12-650-4475
Capital Markets, Corporate & Commercial Asad Abedi asad.abedi@saudilegal.com +966-12-650-4475
Dispute Resolution, Corporate & Commercial, Shipping Andreas Haberbeck andreas.haberbeck@saudilegal.com +966-12-650-4475
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Asad Abedi  photo Mr Asad Abedi
Mr Ali Abedi  photo Mr Ali Abedi
Mr Andreas Haberbeck  photo Mr Andreas Haberbeck
Number of lawyers : 12
Arabic
English
Other Office : Riyadh

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