King & Spalding has an award-winning Saudi Arabian practice. We represent regional and international clients in their investments in the Kingdom, and Saudi Arabian investors in their domestic and international investments. Our experience spans a wide range of investment and financing transactions and industries. Our clients recognize and rely on our ability to develop elegant yet practical solutions to investment problems.
We have substantial experience with investment funds, joint ventures, private equity investments, privatizations, Islamic and commercial finance, real estate investment and finance, project development and finance, construction and dispute resolution. Our industry experience includes energy, education and healthcare. We are market leaders in funds authorized by the Capital Markets Authority and in the structuring of transactions on a Shari’ah-compliant basis.
Our lawyers focused on Saudi Arabia are based in our offices in Riyadh (in affiliation with the Law Office of Mohammad Al-Ammar) and Dubai. They are recognized by Chambers Global and The Legal 500 as experts in the laws of Saudi Arabia (Nabil Issa, Leroy Levy and Mohammad Al-Ammar), private equity (Benjamin Newland and Wael Wahbeh), projects, construction and energy (Philip Weems, James Bremen and Leroy Levy) and Islamic finance (Jawad Ali, Isam Salah and Nabil Issa). Those publications have also consistently awarded high rankings to our Saudi Arabian and Middle East practices, particularly in the areas of projects and energy, corporate transactions, banking and finance, capital markets, fund formation and Islamic finance.
Our lawyers are frequent speakers at industry conferences on legal and business issues in Saudi Arabia, and have published numerous articles on doing business in the Kingdom. Our work in Saudi Arabia is well-recognized in the industry, and some of our most recent awards include:
- Most Innovative Deal of the Year - Saudi Arabia (Euromoney). Awarded in 2009 for the use of a Saudi Arabian single-asset investment fund to acquire an economic interest in the Saudi Aramco Lubricating Oil Refinery.
- Best New Private Equity Fund (Private Equity World - MENA). Awarded in 2008 for an innovative Saudi Arabian fund created for Jadwa Investment.