Firm Profile > Norton Rose Fulbright > Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Norton Rose Fulbright
Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia > Banking and finance

Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm in association with Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP has been actively involved in assisting Saudi and international banks with cross-border transactions. The practice showcases particular expertise in Islamic finance and advises on a broad range of Shari'ah-compliant products. Robin Balmer has a particular focus on asset finance, project finance, property finance and Shari'ah-compliant transactions.

Practice head(s):

Robin Balmer

Key clients

Samba Financial Group

The Saudi British Bank

HSBC Saudi Arabia Limited

Alawwal Bank

Banque Saudi Fransi

Al Rajhi Bank

Standard Chartered Bank

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

BNP Paribas

The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB)/ The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD)

Saudi Arabia > Dispute resolution

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:

Saudi Arabia > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm in association with Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP has an experienced corporate and M&A practice with a particular expertise in advising multinational healthcare and pharmaceutical conglomerates in the region. Mohammed Al-Ghamdi is head of the Riyadh office, and has in-depth knowledge of M&A, joint ventures, licensing, project bidding and execution and privatisation. Paul Lockyer was promoted to partner in 2020 and specialises in M&A and foreign direct investment.

Practice head(s):

Mohammed Al-Ghamdi; Paul Lockyer

Other key lawyers:

John Boehm; Bassam Oweidat

United Arab Emirates > Banking and finance: Corporate finance (including Islamic lending)

Norton Rose Fulbright advises global financial institutions, major regional financial institutions and regional corporates. The team advises on a broad range of conventional and Shari'ah-compliant financings, including corporate and syndicated facilities, cross-border financings, project financings, real estate, trade finance and aviation finance. Mohammed Paracha, who heads up the Islamic finance practice in the Middle East and Africa, has expertise in areas such as real estate finance and project finance, to sukuk, Shari'ah governance and regulatory matters. Robin Balmer heads up the banking and finance practice in Saudi Arabia. Nicholas Robinson is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Mohammed Paracha

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

HSBC and Mizuho Bank

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, Citigroup Global Markets Limited, Emirates NBD Bank PJSC, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited, Dubai (DIFC) Branch, J.P. Morgan Securities plc and Société Générale

Lenders to ACWA Power

Lenders to the winning consortium

Dubai Islamic Bank

BNP Paribas (Suisse) SA

Emirates NBD Bank (P.J.S.C.)

SMAA Developments Limited

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Limited

ABC International Bank plc

United Arab Emirates > Infrastructure and projects (including project finance)

Norton Rose Fulbright is involved in large mandates involving the renewables, water, power, petrochemicals, social infrastructure and PPP sectors. Government-funded PPP infrastructure and energy projects are a key growth area for the team. Projects and banking lawyer Paul Mansouri has a focus on the energy, renewables and infrastructure sectors. Dubai-based Robin Balmer and Joanne Emerson Taqi, now based in Sydney, are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Paul Mansouri

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

ACWA Power

Vision Invest

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

International Finance Corporation



Standard Chartered Bank



National Commercial Bank

Al Rajhi Bank

Abu Dhabi Investment Bank

First Abu Dhabi Bank

Emirates NBD

Korea Development Bank


Saudi Tabreed

Arab National Bank

Boubyan Bank


Norinchukin Bank

Mizuho Bank

Siemens Bank



The firm: Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm. We provide the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 4000 lawyers and other legal staff based in more than 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa.

Areas of practice: Recognized for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. Through our global risk advisory group, we leverage our industry experience with our knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues to provide our clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing their businesses.

Wherever we are, we operate in accordance with our global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of our offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.

Norton Rose Fulbright Verein, a Swiss verein, helps coordinate the activities of Norton Rose Fulbright members but does not itself provide legal services to clients. Norton Rose Fulbright has offices in more than 50 cities worldwide, including London, Houston, New York, Toronto, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Sydney and Johannesburg. For more information, see

Offices: We have offices in the world’s most important business, financial and regulatory centres and are active in strategically important growth markets. Our offices are located in Amsterdam, Athens, Austin, Bahrain, Bangkok, Beijing, Brisbane, Brussels, Calgary, Canberra, Cape Town, Casablanca, Dallas, Denver, Dubai, Durban, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Houston, Istanbul, Jakarta (in association with Norton Rose Fulbright Australia), Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Melbourne, Mexico City, Milan, Minneapolis, Monaco, Montréal, Moscow, Munich, New York, Ottawa, Paris, Perth, Piraeus, Port Moresby, Québec, Rio de Janeiro, Riyadh (in association with Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm), San Antonio, San Francisco, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore, St Louis, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, Warsaw and Washington, DC. In Africa, we have alliances with firms in Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Zimbabwe

Number of partners (worldwide): 1,000+
Number of other fee-earners (worldwide): 2,000+
Total staff: 7,500+

Global key contacts
Financial institutions: James Bateson
Energy: Anne Lapierre and John Mauel
Infrastructure, mining and commodities: Nick Merritt
Transport: Harry Theochari
Technology: Nick Abrahams
Life sciences and healthcare: Stacey Martinez and Randy Sutton

Department Name Email Telephone
Financial institutions Patrick Bourke
Energy Charles Whitney
Infrastructure, mining and commodities Joanne Emerson Taqi
Transport Harry Theochari
Technology and innovation Sean Murphy
Life sciences and healthcare Huw Evans
Photo Name Position Profile
 Mohammed Al-Ghamdi  photo Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Partner
 Robin Balmer  photo Robin Balmer Partner
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