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King & Spalding LLP
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ABU DHABI GLOBALl MARKET SQUARE , PO BOX 130522
ABU DHABI
United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates > Investment fund formation and management Tier 1

King & Spalding LLP has onshore and offshore fund formation capabilities with particular expertise in the real estate funds space and advises some of the leading blue-chip real estate managers. James Stull is 'extremely professional' and his core expertise is in real estate funds and REITs, as well as venture capital funds and private equity funds. Nabil Issa specialises in Shari'ah-compliant funds and has in-depth knowledge of the funds regulatory regime in Saudi Arabia. Jawad Ali also focuses on Shari'ah-compliant real estate funds. Senior associate Macky O’Sullivan is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Jawad Ali; James Stull; Nabil Issa

Other key lawyers:

Macky O’Sullivan; Sayf Shuqair

Testimonials

‘The team is well aware of CMA regulations. People are highly skillful and they present their deliverables on time’

‘Professionalism and delivering on deadline. There is a value in their services and there is always a full engagement of the assigned team on the transaction.’

‘They go the extra mile for any project.’

‘Very professional and reliable.’

‘Knowledge of local laws and creativity in bringing international concepts and structures in a manner consistent with local laws.’

‘Technical knowledge coupled with real-life application.’

‘King & Spalding are our go-to lawyers for anything related to securities (and the marketing and offering thereof) in Saudi Arabia.’

‘James Stull and Sayf Shuqair. They are incredibly generous with their time, flexible in relation to fees and very responsive. James has a wealth of experience in advising on how the CMA operates. Sayf, an Arabic speaker, who used to be based in Saudi Arabia, is able to liaise directly with the CMA.’

Key clients

Riyad Capital

Ashmore Investment Management Limited

Oman Investment Authority

Kuwait Finance House / KFH Capital

Emirates NBD Bank / Emirates NBD Capital

Franklin Templeton

Social Development Bank

Saudi Aramco Investment Management Company (SAIMCO)

KAMCO Invest

International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC)

Alkhabeer Capital

Waha Capital

ADS Securities LLC

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

Al Rajhi Capital

Saudi Economic and Development Company (SEDCO) / SEDCO Capital

Al Mal Capital

Derayah Financial

SHUAA Capital

Greenstone Equity Partners

Mizuho Gulf Capital Partners

National Bonds Corporation

Saudi Fransi Capital

Global Ventures

Work highlights

  • Advising Global Ventures on the establishment of Global Ventures II LP, its second flagship venture capital fund, which invests in opportunities in the MENA region.
  • Represented Alkhabeer Capital in listing the units of the Alkhabeer Diversified Income Traded Fund on the main market of the Saudi Stock Exchange after successfully completing an IPO on 24 December 2020 raising 472.8 million Saudi Riyals (~$126m).
  • Advising Saudi Fransi Capital to establish a Shari’ah compliant fund domiciled in Saudi Arabia which will invest in the development and operation of data centres in Saudi Arabia.

United Arab Emirates > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

King & Spalding LLP‘s corporate team ‘add credibility to any deal they undertake‘. The team has an active M&A and private equity practice and showcases a strong presence in Saudi Arabia. Nabil Issa advises a number of Saudi government entities and has expertise across the healthcare, education, fintech, food and beverage sectors. Simon Rahimzada is active in cross-border M&A, joint ventures and corporate structuring in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Key names to note in the firm’s venture capital offering include James Stull and Macky O’Sullivan.

Practice head(s):

Jawad Ali

Testimonials

‘Fast, responsive and experts in all the fields we contact them for.’

‘Simon Rahimzada in particular is a standout partner at K&S, he has been supporting me for the past 5 years and has always delivered.’

‘The matters are generally partner led which differentiates K&S Middle East from their competitors.’

‘The firm is able to involve lawyers with extensive Saudi and UAE law experience and industry experts in one team.’

‘They are able to quickly involve lawyers outside of the region in a seamless manner.’

‘The firm is able to come up with creative yet practical solutions.’

‘The team members are responsive, professional, practice and sector experts.’

‘They are extensively strong and truly capable and innovative in breaking and solving complex matters, and sometimes deal with unprecedented matters in the region.’

Key clients

Saudi Aramco Investment Management Company (SAIMCO)

Abu Dhabi Development Holding Company (ADQ)

Cerberus

Mizuho Gulf Capital Partners Ltd

Gulf Investment Corporation

Sadara Chemical

Mubadala Investment Company

Gulf Finance House

Ashmore Investments

eWTP Arabia

Gulf Capital PJSC

Riyad Capital

Western Union

Jabal Omar Development Company

Jeddah Economic Company

Arabian Company for Water and Power Development (ACWA Holding)

Arcapita

Small and Medium Enterprises Authority (SME Authority)

MASIC (Mohamed I. AlSubaei & Sons Investment Company)

Wa’ed Ventures (Saudi Aramco Entrepreneurship Center)

Al Muhaidib

Wadi Makkah

Aramex PJSC

Alarabi

Riyad TAQNIA Fund

Global Ventures Ltd

Aramis Partners

Samsung

Bulldozer Group

Social Development Bank

Saudi Jordanian Investment Fund

Christian Dior

Vision Invest

Bee’ah UAE and Bee’ah Energy KSA

Work highlights

  • Advising Cerberus on its co-investment with Olive Rock Partners, for their joint acquisition of shares in United Eastern Medical Services.
  • Advised Gateway Fund I, L.P., acting through its general partner, Gateway Partners Limited, on acquiring 42.5532% of all the Tim Hortons franchises across the GCC.
  • Advised ADQ on completing an approximately $72m Series F investment in Think & Learn Private Limited (commonly known as BYJU’S).

United Arab Emirates > Construction Tier 2

Abu Dhabi-based Tim Burbury heads King & Spalding LLP's non-contentious construction offering and has extensive experience advising on high-value construction projects. Burbury's expertise also covers the construction of 'mega' projects. Randall Walker and Patrick McPherson are also based in Abu Dhabi and both have a broad construction, energy and infrastructure disputes practice. The team welcomed senior associate James Clark, who joined in May 2021 from Clifford Chance.

Practice head(s):

Tim Burbury

Other key lawyers:

Timm Smith; Guillaume Hess; Patrick McPherson; Randall Walker

Testimonials

‘We have a team with a cross section of experience, with very good quality control processes in place. Responsiveness is exceptional. The team also recognises that the executive management team from the client is not always available and knows when to wait vs when to push to resolve a matter which is extremely important.’

‘The individuals are responsive, they work out what is important from the discussion and come back with a result ready for application.’

Key clients

NEOM

Vision Invest

Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company

Veolia

JERA

Mubadala Investment Company

ENGIE

Electricity de France (EDF)

Sadara Chemical Company

Abu Dhabi Investment Office

Miral

ADQ

Misk Foundation

OMV

Work highlights

  • Advising Masdar in its role as the local shareholder on all aspects of the development and financing of the 2GW Al Dhafra solar PV project in Abu Dhabi.
  • Advising the consortium of power developers, Masdar, Vision Invest, ENGIE, in relation to the EPC contract and associated project agreements with PowerChina for 14 renewable energy plants in one sitting.
  • Advised the EDF and JERA consortium on its bid for the 2.4 GW Fujairah 3 IPP in the UAE.

United Arab Emirates > Real estate Tier 2

King & Spalding LLP's team is 'proactive, responsive and very commercial'. Moustafa Said is 'a real expert' in the field of hotels and branded residence developments; he has experience advising on a variety of corporate sale-and-leaseback transactions. Managing partner Jawad Ali is another key name. Osama Audi left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Jawad Ali; Moustafa Said

Testimonials

‘Generally the service is great because Moustafa Said understands the kind of service needed.’

‘Moustafa Said is a real expert in his field. He understands the value of having a strong partner led service..’

‘Proactive, responsive and very commercial legal advice.’

‘Moustafa Said is very user friendly and has an excellent knowledge of the GCC market.’

‘The lawyers are well versed and very prompt in attending to us as a client. They are very client friendly & flexible.’ 

‘Moustafa Said is a very learned lawyer in all aspects of real estate laws and regulations. One think I have noticed in him is his promptness in attending to client issues and flexibility to adapt to client requirements. If there is an urgent legal requirement which needs to be attended, he attends to it irrespective of holidays or after work hours.’

Key clients

Roshn Real Estate

VHM Limited

Riyad Capital (Riyadh)

Al Rajhi Capital

Midad

Sutton Lane

Diyaar Al Salheya

Seven Tides

Knowledge Economic City

Arcapita

NBK Capital Partners

Shapoorji Pallonji

Ashmore Investment

Al Habib Investment Group

Sharjah Media City (SHAMS)

Mulkiya Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising Arada Developments on the development and sale of a new villa development in Sharjah called Masaar.
  • Advising Seven Tides on various sale and purchase agreements for Anantara Palm Jumeirah and Dukes Oceana, including advising on innovative guaranteed fixed return schemes and delayed payment plan sale and purchase agreements.
  • Acting for Al Mal Capital in a dispute with one of its tenants in connection with a sale-and-leaseback transaction.

United Arab Emirates > Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP's trial and global disputes practice in Dubai includes Patrick McPherson, who focuses on disputes relating to construction, energy and infrastructure projects. Randall Walker has a similar contentious practice and specialises in disputes in the oil and gas sector. Ben Williams is another key individual to mention and has a broad commercial disputes practice that covers litigation, arbitration and ADR. Senior associate Guillaume Hess is also noted and is based in Abu Dhabi.

Practice head(s):

Edward Kehoe

Testimonials

KS has a very strong and sound team on disputes. They are able to appreciate the complexities, the clients’ mindsets and limitations and are always open to discussions.

Randall Walker is an exceptionally sound disputes lawyer. He is always dependable, accessible and bright. I have found him always willing to extend support and create stepping stones to get the transactions through.’

Key clients

Riyad Bank

Saudi Aramco

Riyad Capital (Riyadh)

Hexagon Holdings (Cayman) Limited

Sadara Chemical Company

Western Union

OMV

Work highlights

  • Acting for Hexagon in an AED claim against the Dubai International Finance Centre (the “DIFC”) for breaches of a joint venture agreement concerning a building development project within the DIFC.

United Arab Emirates > Infrastructure and projects (including project finance) Tier 3

King & Spalding LLP has in-depth expertise advising sponsors and lenders on utilities, infrastructure, petrochemicals and PPP projects. Construction and infrastructure expert Tim Burbury has a particular interest in clean energy projects. Robin Bayley focuses on project finance and has experience advising clients in the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Randall Walker is the go-to contact for energy-related commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Tim Burbury

Other key lawyers:

Robin Bayley; Randall Walker; Evelina Petraviciute

Key clients

NEOM

Mubadala Investment Company

ENGIE

Electricity de France (EDF)

Sadara Chemical Company

Vision Invest

Veolia

Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company

JERA

Miahona

Misk Foundation

ADQ

Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO)

Miral

Work highlights

  • Advising Masdar in its role as the local shareholder on all aspects of the development and financing of the 2GW Al Dhafra solar PV project in Abu Dhabi.
  • Advising the consortium of power developers, Masdar, Vision Invest, ENGIE, on the concession, EPC and O&M and associated project finance agreements with PowerChina for 14 renewable energy plants in one sitting.
  • Advised the EDF and JERA consortium on its bid for the 2.4 GW Fujairah 3 IPP in the UAE.

United Arab Emirates > Banking and finance: Corporate finance (including Islamic lending) Tier 4

King & Spalding LLP advises on both conventional and Shariah compliant financings across real estate finance, acquisitions, funds, asset finance and project finance. Managing partner Jawad Ali has extensive experience developing and implementing Shariah compliant financing and investments. Nabil Issa has a strong cross-border M&A, private equity and finance practice. Other key names to note include Michael Rainey and Asal Saghari.

Practice head(s):

Jawad Ali; Michael Rainey; Andrew M. Metcalf

Testimonials

‘The team is deeply experienced and well connected across the GCC region, which brings real-world solutions to each situation.’

‘The individuals have a good sense the cultural norms which makes cross border transactions easy and efficient.’

Key clients

The Saudi National Bank

Arab National Bank

The Saudi British Bank (SABB)

Banque Saudi Fransi

Riyad Bank

Gulf International Bank

JPMorgan

Emirates NBD Bank

Credit Suisse

SAIMCO

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB)

NBK Capital Partners

KFH Capital Investment Company

Dimah Capital Investment Company

Riyad Capital

Soor Capital

Samba Capital

Gulf Capital

GFH Financial Group

Qatar First Bank

Derayah Capital

Global Gate Capital

Cerberus Capital

Franklin Templeton

The Northern Trust Corporation

KAMCO Investment (DIFC) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Windcrest Holdings on structuring the acquisition of a private Swiss fund, among other matters.

Saudi Arabia > Real estate and construction Tier 1

King & Spalding in Affiliation With the Law Office of Mohammad Al-Ammar has a broad real estate and construction practice that handles a mix of contentious and non-contentious matters. Moustafa Said focuses on corporate sale and leaseback transactions across the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Other key contacts include the co-head of the global construction practice Tim Burbury in Abu Dhabi who specialises in energy and utilities, and Dubai-based Sayf Shuqair who focuses on structuring real estate investments.

Practice head(s):

Tim M. Burbury; Moustafa Said

Other key lawyers:

Randall Walker; Patrick McPherson; Sayf Shuqair

Key clients

NEOM

Vision Invest

Sadara Chemical Company

Misk Foundation

Roshn Real Estate

Riyad Capital (Riyadh)

Al Rajhi Capital

Midad

Sutton Lane

Diyaar Al Salheya

Knowledge Economic City

Sharjah Media City (SHAMS)

Work highlights

  • Representing NEOM on all of its construction program since inception. This includes 50 drafting and negotiating 100s of construction contracts, This matter is important because at $500bn, this is by far the largest construction project ever to be developed.
  • Advising Riyad Capital, on behalf of its parent entity Riyad Bank, on the acquisition from King Abdullah Financial District Development and Management Company (KAFD) of a commercial office building the KAFD District in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
  • Advised Masdar and EDF on the 400MW Dumat Al Jandal wind IPP in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia > Projects and energy

King & Spalding in Affiliation With the Law Office of Mohammad Al-Ammar has expertise advising on major utilities, infrastructure and petrochemicals projects across the Middle East, and is highlighted for its representation of Japanese and Korean clients. Led by Tim Burbury in Abu Dhabi, the group also advises on large-scale Saudi and Emirati PPPs and solar projects. Robin Bayley handles project financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Tim Burbury

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

NEOM

Mubadala Investment Company

ENGIE

Electricity de France (EDF)

Sadara Chemical Company (joint venture of Saudi Aramco and Dow Chemical)

Vision Invest

Veolia

Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company – Masdar

JERA

Miahona

Misk Foundatio

ADQ

Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO)

Miral

Work highlights

  • Advised NEOM on all of its construction program since inception.
  • Advised the consortium of power developers in relation to the Concession, EPC and O&M and associated project finance agreements with PowerChina for 14 renewable energy plants in one sitting.
  • Advised Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Foundation (MiSK) on the procurement on a BOT basis of a district cooling provider for the 4.77 million square metre MiSK City Development.

The firm: Celebrating more than 130 years of service, King & Spalding is an international law firm that represents a broad array of clients, including half of the Fortune Global 100, with 1,200 lawyers in 23 offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The firm also represents hundreds of clients with new ventures and mid-sized companies in emerging industries.

The firm has handled matters in over 160 countries on six continents and is consistently recognised for the results it obtains, its uncompromising commitment to quality and its dedication to understanding the business and culture of its clients.

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