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Al Tamimi & Company
Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Al Tamimi & Company has an experienced real estate team handling a steady stream of mandates in the hotels and leisure industries. It acts for developers, investor clients and investment banks across the region on real estate funds and REITS. Key contacts include new real estate group head Andrew Thomson who joined from Eversheds Sutherland LLP and Tara Marlow.

Practice head(s):

Tara Marlow; Andrew Thomson


‘Knowledge of the local legal environment, and pragmatic business approach to finding solutions.’

They are responsive, substantively and administratively.’

Saudi Arabia > Banking and finance Tier 3

Al Tamimi & Company is active in project financing matters, particularly across the water desalination and infrastructure areas, and is overseen by Dubai based partners Jody Waugh  and Rafiq Jaffer. The team acts as counsel on large financings projects and advises on banking regulatory matters. Senior associate in Riyadh Agathi Trakkidi has a specialism in syndicated loans transactions.

Practice head(s):

Rafiq Jaffer; Jody Waugh

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

HSBC Saudi Arabia

The Saudi British Bank (SABB)

International Company of Water and Power Projects (ACWA Power)

First Abu Dhabi Bank – KSA Branch

FAB Capital

Credit Suisse Saudi Arabia

Credit Suisse Riyadh Branch

Work highlights

  • Acted as local KSA counsel for ACWA Power in connection with the $700m project financing relating to the Jubail 3A seawater desalination plant in KSA.
  • Advised HSBC Saudi Arabia on the refinancing of syndicated facilities extended to Shuaibah Two Water Development Project Company to finance the development of the SHUAIBAH 2 IWP (STPC) in KSA.

Saudi Arabia > Capital markets Tier 3

Al Tamimi & Company has expertise advising on equity offerings, particularly IPOs and sukuk. Led by Andrew Tarbuck who leads the Middle East capital markets group, the team advises clients, including government agencies, on capital markets regulation work. In Riyadh, new partner Christopher Webb is the key name for capital markets transactions in the Saudi market, having over two decades of experience. The team has strength across the energy, natural resources and financial services sectors.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Tarbuck

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Solidarity Saudi Takaful Company

Mahara Human Resources Company

Welspun Group

Emirates NBD


Virgin Mobile

Huawei Tech. Investment Saudi Arabia Co., Ltd

Sanad Hospital

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

Al Tamimi & Company‘s corporate team operates across Al Khobar and Riyadh; it handles M&A transactions, and is often instructed by the government on large project mandates. The team has demonstrable strength in technology, healthcare, and entertainment sectors and is led by key partners including Grahame NelsonHesham Al-Homoud in Riyadh, and Bandar Al Hamidani. Christopher Webb who was elevated to the partner recently is recommended for technology and defence sectors work. Senior associate Julie Bassi in the Jeddah office is recommended.

Practice head(s):

Graham Nelson

Other key lawyers:


‘It has a great practice in Khobar under Grahame Nelson and with Jonathan Reardon’s return has shored up its capabilities. In Jeddah, Julie Bassi is exceptional for JV and M&A work, especially in healthcare and hospitality.’

‘Julie Bassi is knowledgeable, practical, commercial and quality. She is always available and responsive and is an expert in particular in healthcare and hospitality.’

‘Grahame Nelson is a trusted safe pair of hands with great insights in general commercial work.’

Key clients

Ministry of Health

The Red Sea Development Company

Amaala Project

Solidarity Saudi Takaful Company


Weststar Aviation Services

Saudi Arabian Football Federation

Saudi Payments Company

Work highlights

  • Advised Uber Technologies on the corporate and competition aspects (in UAE, KSA, Egypt. Qatar) of its acquisition of ride-hailing rival Careem Networks.
  • Advising Maharah Human Resources Company in relation to its acquisition of a majority stake in Spectra Support Services.
  • Advised Solidarity Saudi Takaful Company on its on-market merger with another Tadawul-listed insurance company, Al Jazira Takaful Taawuni Company.

Saudi Arabia > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Al Tamimi & Company‘s dispute resolution practice has demonstrable strength in commercial litigation, representing domestic and international corporates in large, often cross-border disputes. Overseen by Abdullah Al Tamimi, the team retains its sector strength in the financial services, real estate and healthcare sectors. Jeddah-based Ahmed Basrawi is recommended for shipping and construction matters. In Al-Khobar, head of litigation team Omar Amery is a further name to note.

Practice head(s):

Abdullah Al Tamimi

Other key lawyers:


‘Multicultural team with precious and diverse experiences in the Middle East.’

‘Sara Aranjo (Dubai-based) is a quick-thinker with impressive experience in commercial arbitration.’

‘The team is capable of providing quality advice and strategic direction in a timely manner.’

‘Abdullah Al Tamimi and Emad Salameh are highly capable but also very accessible.’

Key clients

BGP Arabia

Saudi Arabia > Projects and energy Tier 3

Al Tamimi & Company’s energy practice is led by corporate partner Grahame Nelson in A-Khobar and handles project financing matters for clients in the water, oil and gas, and social infrastructure space. Hesham Al-Homoud who leads the corporate restructuring team is recommended for market entry and incorporation advice to foreign energy companies.

Practice head(s):

Grahame Nelson

Other key lawyers:

Hesham Al-Homoud

The firm: Al Tamimi & Company is the largest law firm in the Middle East with 17 offices across nine countries. Established in 1989, we are a full service commercial firm combining knowledge, experience and expertise to ensure our clients have access to the best legal solutions that are commercially sound and cost effective.

Our clients are at the centre of everything that we do – their business is our business.
Our strength comes from our clients’ trust that we will provide them the quality of service that they deserve. Therefore, we make it our business to find creative and commercial legal solutions whilst focusing on making the law work for them. Over the years, we have acted for a wide variety of clients, including: government bodies; government or semi-government owned entities; local, regional and international companies; banks and financial institutions; along with both international and regional law firms.

We’re not like everyone else.
As a firm, we have the ability to practice local law in each of the nine jurisdictions where we have a presence. This means that each of our licensed litigators have rights of audience before local courts. We are proud of this unique strength, which truly sets us apart from the competition.

Doing Business in the Middle East?
So are we! Our regional footprint means that wherever our clients are doing business in the region, we are there to support them. Our expansion has been strategic and client driven. Our values define who we are and what is important to us. As a firm, we have grown based on a set of core values, which are integral to all that we do.

Areas of practice: As the Middle East’s largest law firm Al Tamimi & Company has vast experience acting for clients across many jurisdictions in the region. Through our full service offering we are able to provide legal advice with a one-stop-shop for all your legal requirements. We offer specialist legal advice in the following practice areas: arbitration; aviation; automotive; banking and finance; capital markets; commercial; construction and infrastructure; corporate services; education; employment and incentives; Expo 2020; family business and private wealth; financial crime; FMCG; healthcare; hotels and leisure; mergers and acquisitions; projects; rail; regulatory; shipping; sports and events management; transport and logistics.

Chairman Essam Al 4 364 1641
Senior Partner Husam 4 364 1641
Managing Partner Samer 4 331 7161
Deputy Managing Partner Mohamed Al 2 813 0444
Deputy Managing Partner Jody 4 364 1641
Arbitration Thomas 4 364 1641
Arbitration Hassan 4 364 1641
Aviation Yazan 4 364 1641
Banking & Finance Husam 4 364 1641
Banking & Finance Jody 4 364 1641
Capital Markets Andrew 4 331 7161
Commercial advisory Willem 4 331 7161
Competition law Omar 4 364 1641
Construction & Infrastructure Euan 4 364 1641
Corporate governance Andrea 2 813 0444
Corporate structuring Samer 4 331 7161
Corporate structuring Omer 4 331 7161
Corporate Structuring Izabella 4 331 7161
Debt capital markets Andrew 4 331 7161
Debt capital markets Rafiq 4 364 1641
Corporate Services Izabella 4 331 7161
Education Ivor 2 813 0444
Education Ahmad 4 364 1641
Employment & Incentives Samir 4 331 7161
Employment & Incentives Gordon 4 331 7161
Family Business & Private Wealth Richard 4 331 7161
Financial Crime Khalid Al 4 364 1641
Financial Crime Ibtissem 4 364 1641
Financial services regulation and enforcement Jody 4 364 1641
Financial services regulation and enforcement Rita 4 364 1641
Healthcare Andrea 2 813 0444
Hotels & Leisure Tara 4 364 1641
Insurance Yazan 4 364 1641
IP Omar 4 364 1641
IP Ahmad 4 364 1641
Legislative drafting Mohammed Al 2 813 0444
Legislative drafting Hassan 2 813 0444
Litigation Hussein Eisa Al 4 364 1641
Litigation Ahmed 4 364 1641
Litigation Hassan 4 364 1641
Maritime and shipping Omar 4 364 1641
Maritime and shipping Yazan 4 364 1641
Mergers & Acquisitions Abdullah 4 331 7161
Private client services Essam Al 4 364 1641
Private equity Richard 4 331 7161
Private equity Abdullah 4 331 7161
Private Notary Taiba Al 4 364 1641
Projects Mark 4 364 1641
Real estate Tara 4 364 1641
Real estate Mohammed 4 364 1641
Rail Foutoun 1710 8933
Regulatory Andrea 2 813 0444
Sports & events management Steve 4 331 7161
Tax law Shiraz 4 331 7161
Technology, media and telecommunications Martin 4 364 1641
Technology, media and telecommunications Fiona 4 364 1641
Transport & Logistics Yazan 4 364 1641
Transport & Logistics Omar 4 364 1641
Automotive Samir 4 331 7161
Aviation Yazan 4 364 1641
Education Ivor 2 813 0444
Expo 2020 Steve 4 331 7161
FMCG Samer 4 331 7161
Innovation, Technology & Entrepreneurship Ahmad 4 364 1641
China Group Jody 4 364 1641
India Group Samir 4 331 7161
Korea Group Omar 4 364 1641
Abdullah Al Tamimi photoMr Abdullah Al TamimiPartner, Head of Litigation & Dispute Resolution – KSA
Hesham Al-Homoud photoMr Hesham Al-HomoudPartner, Head of Corporate Structuring – KSA
Nick O'Connell photoMr Nick O'ConnellPartner
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