After more than 20 years of handling client matters in the Middle East, King & Spalding's presence in Dubai and Riyadh creates an ideal base from which to support and develop the firm's regional platform. King & Spalding substantially expanded its ability to accommodate the needs of its clients in 2007, with the opening of an affiliated office in Riyadh through an agreement with The Law Office of Mohammad Al-Ammar. The Law Office of Mohammed Al Ammar was established in Riyadh in 2006, and has an exclusive relationship with King & Spalding. The aim of founding the office is to provide the highest quality legal services by combining a depth of experience in local legal matters with the know-how of an international law firm with experience in sophisticated transactions.
A substantial portion of King & Spalding's clients are located in Saudi Arabia, and the Riyadh affiliation enables the firm to provide a high level of service to those clients, whilst further reinforcing King & Spalding's position as one of the region's largest U.S. firms.
In both offices, dedicated Dubai and Riyadh-based lawyers, focusing on Islamic finance, energy, real estate, private equity and international arbitration matters, afford clients a "real time" presence in the region and deliver an enhanced level of support never before available to King & Spalding's Middle Eastern clients. This client centric approach, combined with an intimate familiarity with the cultural and administrative complexities of doing business in the Middle East, ensures that King & Spalding is able to consistently and expediently complete matters successfully for its clients in this constantly evolving market.
King & Spalding has a dedicated group of lawyers who form the core of the firm's Saudi Practice Group, and focus their practice primarily on matters based in Saudi Arabia, which ensures that they stay fully abreast of legal developments. Nabil Issa is highly ranked by Chambers Global: The World's Leading Business Lawyers for his work in Saudi Arabia.
The firm's Middle East practice in Dubai and Riyadh specializes in complex commercial and financial transactions and international arbitration. As a leader in the area of Islamic finance, King & Spalding pioneered many Shari'ah-compliant financial products that are in wide use today. The firm is also recognized worldwide for its oil and gas work—especially in the area of liquefied natural gas and upstream projects—and has a strong practice base in electric power, desalination, petrochemicals and renewable energy. The corporate practice group has been a leader in private equity, M&A, privatizations and CMA funds in Saudi Arabia. American Lawyer magazine has ranked King & Spalding's international arbitration practice as one of the top 12 in the world.