Firm Profile > Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited > Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited
OLAYAN COMPLEX TOWER II, 3RD FLOOR
AL AHSA STREET, MALAZ
PO BOX 69103, RIYADH 11547
Saudi Arabia

Banking and finance Tier 1

Project finance and real estate finance are the two key pillars of Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited's practice. Practice head Ian Siddell recently advised  HSBC Saudi Arabia and Arab National Bank collectively on a greenfield 300MWac solar photovoltaic project. Basel Barakat is also a key figure and assisted Saudi Binladin Group with its financing from a consortium of banks concerning the construction of the King Abdullah Financial District. In other work, Julie Alexander acted for Banque Saudi Fransi on its murabaha financing facility to a Saudi Arabian corporate. Bilal Kahlon left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Ian Siddell

Testimonials

‘Very capable, professional and accessible.’

‘Moshin Iqbal and Nadeem Kunwar are very pragmatic, commercial and client-focused individuals whose work is first rate.’

Capital markets Tier 1

Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited has expertise in both debt and equity capital markets. Karim Nassar, who is a key name for equity capital markets, and Robert Eastwood, advised Arabian Centres Company on its $748m IPO. Ian Siddell assisted Almarai Company with its $2bn issuance of sukuk bonds. Other notable names include Mohammad Al Rasheed, who works on ECM, and Nick Church, who is highly experienced in DCM.

Practice head(s):

Ian Siddell; Karim Nassar

Testimonials

‘The team, including partners, is accessible any time of the day. The lawyers are very professional and competent and are experts in capital market law and practice.’

‘Karim Nassar is an expert on capital market law and has provided us guidance on a number of issues even when not mandated on any assignment. We can fully rely on his advice.’

Key clients

Arabian Centres Company

Alawwal Bank

Samba Capital & Investment Management Company

The Mediterranean and Gulf Cooperative Insurance and Reinsurance Company

Saudi Fransi Capital

The Saudi Investment Bank

Almarai Company

Riyad Bank

Citigroup Global Markets Limited

Al Rajhi Banking and Investment Corporation Circa

NCB Capital

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited is a stand-out name for transactions, particularly those in the TMT, retail, FMCG, healthcare, defence, energy and natural resources, and infrastructure sectors. Co-managing partner George Sayen leads the team and is an expert in M&A, joint ventures and commercial contracts. Other key members from the Riyadh office include Karim Nassar, who handles M&A and capital market transactions; Zahi Younes, who is strong in cross-border M&A;  and David A. Monnier, who specialises in M&A and competition. Omar J. Iqbal, who is a key name for private equity deals, and Dubai-based Mohammad Al Rasheed, who regularly advises on IPOs, are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

George Sayen 

Key clients

Alawwal Bank

Almarai Company

Olayan Group

Al Tala’a International Transportation Co. Limited

Saudi Binladin Group Company Limited

Al Faisaliah Group

Mohammed I. Alsubeaei & Sons Investment Company

Bindawood Group

Allianz Group

Projects and energy Tier 1

Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited advises sponsors and lenders on major infrastructure projects in the region. Practice co-head Ian Siddell advised Ma'aden Wa'ad Al Shamal Phosphate Company and its sponsors on the development of a $7.9bn phosphate fertilizer production project. Fellow co-head George Sayen assisted Spanish government-owned shipbuilder Navantia with its construction of naval vessels for the Saudi Ministry of Defence. Basel Barakat is another key figure; he advised Saudi Binladin Group Company Limited on the construction of the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh. Julie Alexander and Gavin Witcombe are also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Ian Siddell; George Sayen

Key clients

Saudi Arabian Mining Company

Banque Saudi Fransi

Samba Financial Group / Samba Capital

Saudi Binladin Group Company Limited

The National Commercial Bank

Arab National Bank

Riyad Bank

ACWA Power International

Al Rajhi Banking and Investment Corporation

HSBC Saudi Arabia / The Saudi British Bank

The Saudi Investment Bank Circa

Gulf International Bank / GIB Capital

Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation

Mohammed I. Alsubeaei & Sons Investment Company

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited has expertise in contentious and non-contentious real estate and construction work and is most active in high-scale hotel developments. Bilal Ambikapathy leads the real estate practice and advises on commercial, hospitality retail and residential developments. He recently advised Thakher Investment Company on its agreements with Accor for three Novotel-branded hotel towers and a branded residence tower to be developed in Thakher City, Makkah. Gavin Witcombe heads the construction team and focuses on project developments and disputes. Ambikapathy and Witcombe divide their time between the firm's Riyadh and Manama offices.

Practice head(s):

Bilal Ambikapathy; Gavin Witcombe

Testimonials

‘They comprehend their international clients’ concerns and needs, and are able to pacify or satisfy them without diverting from the local legislation’s requirements.’

‘They are very good at understanding the commercial rationale behind certain requests, therefore they are capable of proposing various paths that can take you to your desired outcome.’

Key clients

Alinma Investment Company

Riyad bank

Maad International Company

Mohammed I. Alsubeaei & Sons Investment Company

Sulaiman Abdulaziz Al Rajhi Real Estate Investment Company

Al Tayyar Travel Group

HSBC Saudi Arabia

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz I. Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie Limited predominantly represents multinational companies in cases concerning the oil and gas, pharmaceutical, construction and telecoms industries. The team also has experience acting before a number of courts, including shari'ah courts and the Committee for Negotiable Instruments. Abdulrahman AlAjlan leads the team and is skilled in both litigation and arbitration, with key strengths in contract breaches, compensation claims and shareholder disputes. Also leading the team is George Sayen, who is notably strong in construction and infrastructure-related cases. Ajlan Alajlan is another key figure and is very active in shareholder disputes and health and safety investigations. Anton Mikel, who is an expert in contract breaches and restructurings, is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Abdulrahman AlAjlan

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Mr Karim Nassar  photo Mr Karim Nassar
Mr George Sayen  photo Mr George Sayen