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PO BOX 52681 RIYADH
Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia > Banking and finance

Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm in association with Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP focuses on advising Saudi banks and foreign financial instructions on cross-border financing transactions. The team has a specialism assisting banks in establishing shariah-compliant derivative products and is led by Riyadh-based practice head Robin Balmer who splits his time in Dubai. Associate Hesa Al Saad advises lenders and sponsors on project finance transactions.

Practice head(s):

Robin Balmer

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

National Commercial Bank

Banque Saudi Fransi

Al Rajhi Bank

The Saudi British Bank

HSBC Saudi Arabia

Standard Chartered Bank

Riyad Bank

Alinma Bank

MUFG Bank Ltd.

Samba Financial Group

Work highlights

  • Advised the National Commercial Bank as senior lender to a consortium comprising The Power and Water Utility Company for Jubail and Yanbu (Marafiq), AlAmwal AlKhaleejiah AlThaniya and Veolia Middle East on the Shariah-compliant financing and project documentation for the Jeddah airport independent sewage treatment plant (ISTP).
  • Advised on the Shariah-compliant financing and project documentation for the Wave 1 of the schools infrastructure development programme PPP for Banque Saudi.

Saudi Arabia > Dispute resolution

Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm in association with Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP has solid experience litigating in Saudi courts and committees. Practice head Mohammed Al Ghamdi is recommended for domestic and international arbitration with a focus on labour and immigration, anti-corruption, and regulatory compliance matters. Counsel Naif Al Otaibi specialises in settlement negotiation and ADR. The team also has strength in regional arbitrations; Dubai-based Paul Stothard who heads the overall dispute resolution group in the Middle East is a key contact for energy and infrastructure disputes.

Practice head(s):

Mohmmed Al Ghamdi

Other key lawyers:

Saudi Arabia > Projects and energy

Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm in association with Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP has a strong practice with activity across the renewable energy, social infrastructure and PPP sectors. The group has particular expertise in handling water, power, and petrochemical projects across Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Oman. Overseen by Robin Balmer who splits his time between Dubai and Riyadh, the practice advises on conventional and shariah-compliant project finance and developments, as well as energy transition strategies and green initiatives.

Practice head(s):

Robin Balmer

Key clients

ACWA Power

Banque Saudi Fransi

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

International Finance Corporation

Alinma Bank

MUFG Bank

Standard Chartered Bank

Riyad Bank

Marafiq

National Commercial Bank

Al Rajhi Bank

APICORP

ACWA Power Bank

Al Bilad Saudi Tabreed

Arab National Bank

Boubyan Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised the National Commercial Bank as senior lender to a consortium comprising The Power and Water Utility Company for Jubail and Yanbu (Marafiq), AlAmwal AlKhaleejiah AlThaniya and Veolia Middle East on the shariah-compliant financing and project documentation for the Jeddah airport independent sewage treatment plant.
  • Advised the Senior Lenders and Equity Lenders of ACWA Power in respect of the development and financing (both conventional and Islamic) related aspects of the 900MW photovoltaic fifth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.
  • Advised on Wave 1 of the Schools Infrastructure Development Public Private Partnership Programme, acting as legal advisers to senior and equity bridge lenders ; Banque Saudi Fransi, SABB, Alinma Bank and Riyad Bank.

Saudi Arabia > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm in association with Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s Riyadh-based practice is the go-to for foreign corporates and multinationals on M&A transactions and joint ventures. Practice head Mohammed Al Ghamdi advises on commercial transactions, licensing and distribution agreements. Of counsel Paul Lockyer focuses on foreign direct investment and M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Mohammed Al Ghamdi

Other key lawyers:

Paul Lockyer

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

Norton Rose Fulbright has an experienced transactional banking practice that covers general banking, real estate finance, export credit finance, trade finance, acquisition finance and asset finance. Banking and Islamic finance practice head Mohammed Paracha has extensive expertise in real estate finance, project finance, sukuk, Shariah governance and regulatory matters. Robin Balmer is a key contact in the region and heads the banking and finance practice in Saudi Arabia. Nicholas Robinson is another key individual in the firm's UAE offering.

Practice head(s):

Mohammed Paracha

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

HSBC

Standard Chartered Bank

Bank of America and Merrill Lynch

Societe Generale

BNP Paribas

First Abu Dhabi Bank

EmiratesNBD

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Mashreqbank

Commercial Bank of Dubai

Work highlights

  • Advised the book-runners and mandated lead arrangers on a $1.75bn sustainability-linked credit facility to EmirateNBD Bank PJSC (ENBD), involving a syndicate of leading international banks.
  • Advising the lenders to ACWA Power and GIC in respect of the development and financing (both conventional and Islamic) related aspects of the 900MW photovoltaic fifth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.
  • Advised APICORP and National Bank of Fujairah in respect of all aspects of the structuring and financing by Total Solar of a portfolio comprising 30 rooftop solar projects in the UAE as part of the Dubai Shams Rooftop initiative.

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 nortonrosefulbright.com

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

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
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
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Mohammed Al-Ghamdi photo Mohammed Al-GhamdiPartner
Robin Balmer photo Robin BalmerPartner
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