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Global Guide

Banking & Finance — Saudi Arabia


Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm (AS&H) in co-operation with Clifford Chance - Banking & Finance Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Pre-eminent team that retains its market-leading reputation. Continues to advise blue-chip clients on a range of high-profile transactions. Well versed in banking regulatory matters, as well as restructuring and Islamic finance. Acts for a prestigious banking clientele and possesses considerable experience advising telecoms companies on finance matters.

Strengths The highly respected team earns recognition from peers and clients as one of the market's "main competitors."

Work highlights Acted for the mandated lead arrangers, including Banque Saudi Fransi, on a SAR1 billion murabaha facility agreement with Ma'aden.

Acted for HSBC Saudi Arabia, as co-ordinator and documentation bank, regarding a USD450 million syndicated loan to Saudi British Bank.

Significant clients Standard Chartered Bank, Zain, J.P. Morgan, ACWA Power, Saudi Electricity Company.

Notable practitioners

Yasser Al-Hussain is a key contact at this practice.

About the Team (content provided by Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm (AS&H) in co-operation with Clifford Chance)

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Baker McKenzie Limited - Banking & Finance Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Heavyweight practice with an established presence and strong market coverage. Highly active across the transactional space with extensive experience acting as lender and borrower counsel on major infrastructure and power projects. Leverages its considerable resources to assist with large-scale mandates. Frequently collaborates on matters with the Baker McKenzie office in Bahrain.

Strengths According to clients, the team brings "a very solution-oriented approach" and is "extremely responsive."

Interviewees appreciate that the team "puts in a lot of effort" to build successful long-term working relationships. Commentators also describe its lawyers as "people you can bounce ideas off for deals not currently in hand."

Work highlights Advised the Saudi Binladin Group on a SAR7 billion financing for a significant infrastructure project.

Advised National Commercial Bank on the structuring of a Shari'a-compliant SAR355 million financing for a hotel development project.

Significant clients Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma'aden), Banque Saudi Fransi, Samba Financial Group, Arab National Bank, Riyad Bank.

Notable practitioners

Basel Barakat is identified as "very knowledgeable, very thorough and hard-working." He focuses principally on Islamic and project finance and has well-established client relationships with several leading regional construction companies.

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Khoshaim & Associates (in cooperation with Allen & Overy) - Banking & Finance Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Widely applauded for its standout capabilities and breadth of experience across the banking and finance space. Demonstrates high-calibre expertise in project finance and Islamic finance. Advises on a wide variety of other issues, including debt restructuring and refinancing. Acts for several high-profile regional and domestic banks on large-scale transactions.

Strengths Recognised by sources as a "top-tier" team with an impressive "depth of knowledge."

Sources compliment this "extremely experienced" team for its "excellent regulatory advice."

Work highlights Advised a syndicate of lenders, including Al Rahji Banking and Investment Corporation and Banque Saudi Fransi, on a SAR7.8 billion murabaha refinancing package provided to Etihad Etisalat.

Assisted Saudi Cable Company with a debt restructuring valued at SAR798 million.

Significant clients Saudi Aramco, Samba Financial Group, HSBC Saudi Arabia, ACWA Power, Riyad Bank.

Notable practitioners

The "pre-eminent" Julian Johansen has an unsurpassed reputation in this market, with his regulatory expertise attracting particular praise. He is lauded by a variety of sources for his knowledge of the market and extensive experience. Sources say that "he is a remarkable individual" with a "very balanced and commercial approach."

Karim Wali has a broad range of experience across the corporate finance space. He regularly advises on intercreditor agreements and also has significant Islamic finance expertise encompassing murabaha facilities. Sources say that he provides "measured advice with a good understanding of international banking practices."

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White & Case LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Formidable presence in the market with a continued focus on project finance. Services a high-profile clientele that includes well-known regional banks and oil companies. Frequently advises on restructuring issues and has a breadth of experience across the syndicated loans space. Also possesses significant Islamic finance expertise.

Strengths Clients laud this "really excellent" team, drawing attention to its "top-tier" capabilities and praising its "very good understanding of Shari'a financing."

According to sources, this highly respected team is "very diligent, very responsive and very collaborative in their style of working."

Work highlights Advised a syndicate of lenders, including US Ex-Im Bank, on the USD1.145 billion refinancing of the Riyadh PP11 independent power project.

Notable practitioners

The "highly regarded" Doug Peel frequently advises on refinancing issues for high-value asset acquisitions. He has a wealth of experience on cross-border mandates and maintains a broad focus that covers both project and real estate finance.

Adam Pierson makes his debut in the rankings in response to significant praise from the market. Commentators laud his "detailed knowledge" of banking law. He has experience advising investment banks on major cross-border mandates.

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Hatem Abbas Ghazzawi & Co - Banking & Finance Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Ali Abedi
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for High-profile independent firm with commendable expertise across the project and construction finance spaces. Possesses an experienced team that regularly assists with cross-border mandates. Its client list features numerous international investment banks.

Strengths Commentators draw attention to this firm's significant local expertise.

Work highlights Advised the syndicate of lenders on the USD1.2 billion, 1,504 MW Fadhili independent power project.

Significant clients KEXIM, Islamic Development Bank, BTMU.

Notable practitioners

Market commentators appreciate that Ali Abedi "takes the time to explain issues" and provides a "reasoned argument as to why things need to be adjusted or changed." He is singled out for his considerable experience acting as lenders' counsel to major Saudi banks.

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King & Spalding LLP (in association with the Law Offices of Mohammed Al-Ammar) - Banking & Finance Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Zaid Al-Farisi and Jawad Ali
- 5 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established team with a notable profile across the region. Extensive experience across the corporate finance space with in-depth knowledge of Shari'a-compliant structures. Also regularly advises on real estate finance issues and has extensive experience of debt capital markets.

Strengths This team earns high praise from clients, who say: "They present quality work."

Work highlights Advised the project developer on a Shari'a-compliant financing for a SAR3.6 billion real estate development project.

Significant clients Samba Financial Group, Banque Saudi Fransi, Saudi Aramco Investment Management Company, ACWA Holding Company, Société Générale.

Notable practitioners

Zaid Al-Farisi is a "seasoned lawyer" with an impressive profile in the market, attracting high praise from peers and clients alike. He frequently advises on high-value loan facilities. According to sources, he is "very meticulous, speaks his mind and always looks two steps ahead."

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Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi in association with Latham & Watkins LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Salman Al-Sudairi
- 4 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly experienced team with an enviable reputation across the corporate finance space. Possesses deep Islamic finance expertise. Regularly advises on the financing of major real estate development projects. Adept at assisting with cross-border mandates, particularly within the GCC region.

Strengths Clients comment on the team's collaborative approach. Sources enthuse: "The lawyers there are very accessible. They respond immediately and deliver the goods."

According to sources, this firm provides "excellent counsel" and its lawyers are "technically very good."

Work highlights Assisted Riyad Bank with the SAR1.425 billion acquisition financing for five new crude oil vessels to be operated by the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia.

Acted for the syndicated of lenders on the USD420 million project financing for the Shuqaiq oil-fired power plant.

Significant clients National Titanium Dioxide Company, Mobily, Crédit Agricole, K-sure, Bhari.

Notable practitioners

Salman Al-Sudairi retains his prestigious reputation across the finance space. He regularly advises state-owned entities on billion-dollar mandates and interviewees describe him as a "notable figure" in the market.

Amar Meher is singled out for his growing presence in this market. Commentators value his "clear, pragmatic advice" and note that he "understands commercial realities." He has experience advising on a range of issues including both conventional and Islamic finance.

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DLA Piper Saudi Arabia - Banking & Finance Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Paul Latto
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected team with a significant focus on project financing, as well as expertise across the spectrum of conventional and Islamic finance. Regularly assists domestic and international financial institutions with high-value matters.

Significant clients Saudi Electricity Company, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Port Development Company, Credit Suisse, HSBC Saudi Arabia.

Notable practitioners

Paul Latto earns recognition as a "very knowledgeable" practitioner with years of experience in the Saudi market. He is frequently engaged as counsel on cross-border mandates, including a number of high-value project finance transactions.

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Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni in association with Dechert LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Jeddah-based team with a long-standing reputation. Advises on a variety of issues related to both conventional and Islamic finance. Also noted for its debt capital markets expertise.

Strengths This team is "well respected in the market" and noted for its significant sukuk expertise.

Notable practitioners

Hassan Mahassni is a key contact at the firm.

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Law Office of Mohanned bin Saud Al-Rasheed (in association with Baker Botts LLP) - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Stephen Matthews
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Commendable team with a breadth of experience assisting domestic and international banks with Shari'a-compliant mandates, including syndicated loans and refinancing matters. Remains a solid choice for clients seeking counsel on GCC-wide transactions.

Strengths Sources compliment this well-known team's client service ethic and proactive approach.

Work highlights Assisted HSBC Saudi Arabia, as investment agent, and the four other lenders on a SAR586.7 million refinancing of syndicated and bilateral facilities extended to Chemanol, in relation to one of its petrochemical plants.

Significant clients Saudi British Bank, Riyad Bank, Samba Financial Group, Gulf International Bank, The Saudi Investment Bank.

Notable practitioners

Stephen Matthews is a key contact at the firm, dividing his time between Riyadh and Dubai.

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Senior Statesperson

Law Office of Dr Mujahid M Al-Sawwaf

From the Chambers Global guide

David Wells of the Law Office of Dr Mujahid M Al-Sawwaf enjoys a long-standing reputation in this market. He possesses a wealth of experience and continues to advise on a range of issues relevant to corporate finance. His broad focus encompasses significant expertise in the regulatory banking sphere.

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Star Individuals

Khoshaim & Associates (in cooperation with Allen & Overy)

From the Chambers Global guide

The "pre-eminent" Julian Johansen has an unsurpassed reputation in this market, with his regulatory expertise attracting particular praise. He is lauded by a variety of sources for his knowledge of the market and extensive experience. Sources say that "he is a remarkable individual" with a "very balanced and commercial approach."

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Baker McKenzie Limited

From the Chambers Global guide

Basel Barakat is identified as "very knowledgeable, very thorough and hard-working." He focuses principally on Islamic and project finance and has well-established client relationships with several leading regional construction companies.

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Hatem Abbas Ghazzawi & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Market commentators appreciate that Ali Abedi "takes the time to explain issues" and provides a "reasoned argument as to why things need to be adjusted or changed." He is singled out for his considerable experience acting as lenders' counsel to major Saudi banks.

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DLA Piper Saudi Arabia

From the Chambers Global guide

Paul Latto earns recognition as a "very knowledgeable" practitioner with years of experience in the Saudi market. He is frequently engaged as counsel on cross-border mandates, including a number of high-value project finance transactions.

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King & Spalding LLP (in association with the Law Offices of Mohammed Al-Ammar)

From the Chambers Global guide

Zaid Al-Farisi is a "seasoned lawyer" with an impressive profile in the market, attracting high praise from peers and clients alike. He frequently advises on high-value loan facilities. According to sources, he is "very meticulous, speaks his mind and always looks two steps ahead."

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Band 3

Salman Al-Sudairi

Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi in association with Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Salman Al-Sudairi retains his prestigious reputation across the finance space. He regularly advises state-owned entities on billion-dollar mandates and interviewees describe him as a "notable figure" in the market.

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Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi in association with Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Amar Meher is singled out for his growing presence in this market. Commentators value his "clear, pragmatic advice" and note that he "understands commercial realities." He has experience advising on a range of issues including both conventional and Islamic finance.

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Band 3

White & Case LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

The "highly regarded" Doug Peel frequently advises on refinancing issues for high-value asset acquisitions. He has a wealth of experience on cross-border mandates and maintains a broad focus that covers both project and real estate finance.

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Up and Coming

White & Case LLP

From the Chambers Global guide

Adam Pierson makes his debut in the rankings in response to significant praise from the market. Commentators laud his "detailed knowledge" of banking law. He has experience advising investment banks on major cross-border mandates.

^ See whole ranking table

Up and Coming

Khoshaim & Associates (in cooperation with Allen & Overy)

From the Chambers Global guide

Karim Wali has a broad range of experience across the corporate finance space. He regularly advises on intercreditor agreements and also has significant Islamic finance expertise encompassing murabaha facilities. Sources say that he provides "measured advice with a good understanding of international banking practices."

^ See whole ranking table