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James Stull specializes in the structuring and formation of investment funds, including private equity funds, venture capital funds, real estate funds, credit and debt funds, and hedge funds. As a partner in our Capital Markets and Islamic Finance and Investment practices, James advises clients on a wide variety of financial arrangements and strategies.

James represents Middle East and international sponsors in the structuring and formation of Shari’ah-compliant and conventional investment funds. He has advised clients to establish funds to invest in various assets classes, including private equity, venture capital, real estate, listed equities, sukuk and bonds, infrastructure, credit and debt, and other alternative assets. He advises clients on securities laws and the corporate and regulatory aspects of structuring, establishing and liquidating various fund structures. He has extensive experience with counseling institutional investors on their investments in private funds.

James also represents and advises clients on structuring, investment, acquisition and exit strategies in the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East. In particular, he regularly advises clients seeking to raise money or deploy capital in the U.S., the various Gulf Cooperation Council jurisdictions and the wider Middle East-North Africa region.

In addition, James advises clients in the structuring and establishment of asset management and advisory businesses, as well as the formation of carried interest plans and management arrangements among fund principals. He also has substantial experience in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, financings, restructurings, and general corporate and securities matters.

James is a frequent author and speaker on investment funds and related topics. He has been named to Mena Fund Manager magazine's 2016 "Power 30" list, which recognizes influential Middle East-based professionals in the fund services sector. He has also been recognized by Chambers Global, The Legal 500 and IFLR 1000 for his funds and corporate practices.

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Credentials

B.A., Vanderbilt University, cum laude

J.D., Vanderbilt University

District of Columbia

Georgia

American Bar Association

State Bar of Georgia

Atlanta Bar Association

District of Columbia Bar

Power 30, Most Influential People in Fund Services


MENA Fund Manager, 2016

UAE Investment Funds and Saudi Arabian Corporate and Commercial Practice


Legal 500

Middle East Investment Funds


Chambers Global, 2017

Leading Lawyer in the UAE and Saudi Arabia for Investment Funds, Private Equity and M&A


IFLR 1000, 2016

Finalist for DIFC Courts’ Young Lawyer of the Year, 2014

News

In the News · Source: Law360

July 21, 2017
Rising Star: King & Spalding's James Stull

In the News · Source: Wealth Arabia Magazine

April 6, 2017
Wealth Arabia: The Rise and Fall of Populism

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Matters

Represent Riyad Capital on the establishment of Riyad REIT, the first REIT to be approved by the Saudi Arabian Capital Market Authority and listed on the Saudi Stock Exchange.

Represent Jadwa Investment on the formation of a REIT approved by the Saudi Arabian Capital Market Authority, which will invest in the holy cities of Mecca and Medina.

Represent Al Rajhi Capital on a joint venture with Arcapita Bank to form and offer a Middle East income-producing real estate fund; the establishment of a Saudi Arabian income-producing real estate fund; and the establishment of a Western European real estate fund.

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Represent Riyad Capital on the establishment of Riyad REIT, the first REIT to be approved by the Saudi Arabian Capital Market Authority and listed on the Saudi Stock Exchange.

Represent Jadwa Investment on the formation of a REIT approved by the Saudi Arabian Capital Market Authority, which will invest in the holy cities of Mecca and Medina.

Represent Al Rajhi Capital on a joint venture with Arcapita Bank to form and offer a Middle East income-producing real estate fund; the establishment of a Saudi Arabian income-producing real estate fund; and the establishment of a Western European real estate fund.

Represent Hines and The First Investor on the formation and offering of a Luxembourg-domiciled income-producing Brazilian real estate fund.

Represent SEDCO Capital in the formation of three U.S. income-producing real estate funds; two Saudi Arabian income-producing real estate funds; and a built-to-suit real estate development fund.

Represent Jeddah Economic Company and Alinma Investment Company on the formation of a fund to develop Kingdom City in Jeddah, a US$20 billion mixed-use project that will feature a kilometer tall building.

Represent Wafra Investment Advisory Group on joint ventures with CITIC Capital to form a China real estate fund; with Landmark Property Development Company to form an India real estate fund; and with Pramerica Real Estate Investors to form a pan-Asian real estate fund.

Represent Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) on the formation of a fund focused on PE investments in Islamic financial institutions.

Represent Jadwa Investment, counsel on the formation of a private equity fund focused on energy investments in Saudi Arabia; a MENA food and beverage industry fund; and a private equity fund focused on industrial investments in the MENA region.

Represent Gulf Investment Corporation on the formation and offering of a large-cap private equity fund.

Represent UAE Sovereign Wealth Fund on the establishment of a private equity fund investing in large cap companies operating in Africa and the Middle East.

Advise UAE Asset Manager on the formation of a DIFC fund to invest in healthcare assets in Abu Dhabi.

Represent U.S.-based asset manager on the formation and offering of a U.S. distressed asset fund.

Represent Riyad Capital and Saudi Technology Development and Investment Company (TAQNIA) in the structuring and formation of a venture capital fund to invest in early-stage companies globally.

Represent Leap Ventures in the structuring and offering of a Middle East-focused venture capital fund.

Represent King Abdullah University of Sciences and Technology (KAUST) and Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) on the structuring and formation of a Saudi Arabian venture capital fund.

Represent Malaz Capital on the formation of a venture capital and SME financing fund.

Represent Derayah Financial on the formation and offering of a Saudi Arabian SME financing fund.

Represent EFG Hermes on the formation of: a jointly-managed public equities fund with Muscat Capital; and two Saudi Arabian-listed equities funds.

Represent Swicorp on the formation and offering of the following Shari’ah-compliant funds: a hedge fund with a long/short equity strategy; three Middle East public equities funds; and a MENA-focused IPO fund.

Represent National Bank of Kuwait on the formation of global equities funds, frontier market equities funds and money market funds denominated in U.S. dollars , euros and Kuwaiti Dinar.

Represent SEDCO Capital on the formation and offering of a Saudi Arabian-listed equities fund and a money market fund.

Represent various limited partners, institutional investors and high-net-worth individuals in their investments in and exits from U.S., European, Middle Eastern, Asian and offshore domiciled private equity, real estate and hedge funds.

Represent Jadwa Investment on acquisition of significant minority stake in the Saudi Aramco Lubricating Oil Refinery Company (Luberef) in Saudi Arabia; and acquisition of a substantial minority interest in Gulf Union Foods Company, one of Saudi Arabia’s largest juice and beverage producers.

Represent Arcapita Bank in the acquisition and disposition of various portfolio companies, including Caribou Coffee, Church’s Chicken, Cirrus Aircraft Corporation, Tensar Corporation and Varel International.

Represent Al Muhaidib and ACWA Power on the successful bid and acquisition of a significant minority interest in the cargo and ground handling services division of Saudi Arabian Airlines.

Insights

Article · Source: American Bar Association: Year In Review

July 24, 2017
Finance: International Financial Products and Services

Article · Source: The Law Reviews

June 21, 2017
The Private Equity Review: Saudi Arabia

Article · Source: The Law Reviews

June 21, 2017
The Private Equity Review: United Arab Emirates

View all

News

In the News · Source: Law360

July 21, 2017
Rising Star: King & Spalding's James Stull

In the News · Source: Wealth Arabia Magazine

April 6, 2017
Wealth Arabia: The Rise and Fall of Populism

View all

Matters

Represent Riyad Capital on the establishment of Riyad REIT, the first REIT to be approved by the Saudi Arabian Capital Market Authority and listed on the Saudi Stock Exchange.

Represent Jadwa Investment on the formation of a REIT approved by the Saudi Arabian Capital Market Authority, which will invest in the holy cities of Mecca and Medina.

Represent Al Rajhi Capital on a joint venture with Arcapita Bank to form and offer a Middle East income-producing real estate fund; the establishment of a Saudi Arabian income-producing real estate fund; and the establishment of a Western European real estate fund.

See more
Icon close

Close

Matters

Represent Riyad Capital on the establishment of Riyad REIT, the first REIT to be approved by the Saudi Arabian Capital Market Authority and listed on the Saudi Stock Exchange.

Represent Jadwa Investment on the formation of a REIT approved by the Saudi Arabian Capital Market Authority, which will invest in the holy cities of Mecca and Medina.

Represent Al Rajhi Capital on a joint venture with Arcapita Bank to form and offer a Middle East income-producing real estate fund; the establishment of a Saudi Arabian income-producing real estate fund; and the establishment of a Western European real estate fund.

Represent Hines and The First Investor on the formation and offering of a Luxembourg-domiciled income-producing Brazilian real estate fund.

Represent SEDCO Capital in the formation of three U.S. income-producing real estate funds; two Saudi Arabian income-producing real estate funds; and a built-to-suit real estate development fund.

Represent Jeddah Economic Company and Alinma Investment Company on the formation of a fund to develop Kingdom City in Jeddah, a US$20 billion mixed-use project that will feature a kilometer tall building.

Represent Wafra Investment Advisory Group on joint ventures with CITIC Capital to form a China real estate fund; with Landmark Property Development Company to form an India real estate fund; and with Pramerica Real Estate Investors to form a pan-Asian real estate fund.

Represent Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) on the formation of a fund focused on PE investments in Islamic financial institutions.

Represent Jadwa Investment, counsel on the formation of a private equity fund focused on energy investments in Saudi Arabia; a MENA food and beverage industry fund; and a private equity fund focused on industrial investments in the MENA region.

Represent Gulf Investment Corporation on the formation and offering of a large-cap private equity fund.

Represent UAE Sovereign Wealth Fund on the establishment of a private equity fund investing in large cap companies operating in Africa and the Middle East.

Advise UAE Asset Manager on the formation of a DIFC fund to invest in healthcare assets in Abu Dhabi.

Represent U.S.-based asset manager on the formation and offering of a U.S. distressed asset fund.

Represent Riyad Capital and Saudi Technology Development and Investment Company (TAQNIA) in the structuring and formation of a venture capital fund to invest in early-stage companies globally.

Represent Leap Ventures in the structuring and offering of a Middle East-focused venture capital fund.

Represent King Abdullah University of Sciences and Technology (KAUST) and Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) on the structuring and formation of a Saudi Arabian venture capital fund.

Represent Malaz Capital on the formation of a venture capital and SME financing fund.

Represent Derayah Financial on the formation and offering of a Saudi Arabian SME financing fund.

Represent EFG Hermes on the formation of: a jointly-managed public equities fund with Muscat Capital; and two Saudi Arabian-listed equities funds.

Represent Swicorp on the formation and offering of the following Shari’ah-compliant funds: a hedge fund with a long/short equity strategy; three Middle East public equities funds; and a MENA-focused IPO fund.

Represent National Bank of Kuwait on the formation of global equities funds, frontier market equities funds and money market funds denominated in U.S. dollars , euros and Kuwaiti Dinar.

Represent SEDCO Capital on the formation and offering of a Saudi Arabian-listed equities fund and a money market fund.

Represent various limited partners, institutional investors and high-net-worth individuals in their investments in and exits from U.S., European, Middle Eastern, Asian and offshore domiciled private equity, real estate and hedge funds.

Represent Jadwa Investment on acquisition of significant minority stake in the Saudi Aramco Lubricating Oil Refinery Company (Luberef) in Saudi Arabia; and acquisition of a substantial minority interest in Gulf Union Foods Company, one of Saudi Arabia’s largest juice and beverage producers.

Represent Arcapita Bank in the acquisition and disposition of various portfolio companies, including Caribou Coffee, Church’s Chicken, Cirrus Aircraft Corporation, Tensar Corporation and Varel International.

Represent Al Muhaidib and ACWA Power on the successful bid and acquisition of a significant minority interest in the cargo and ground handling services division of Saudi Arabian Airlines.

Insights

Article · Source: American Bar Association: Year In Review

July 24, 2017
Finance: International Financial Products and Services

Article · Source: The Law Reviews

June 21, 2017
The Private Equity Review: Saudi Arabia

Article · Source: The Law Reviews

June 21, 2017
The Private Equity Review: United Arab Emirates

View all

News

In the News · Source: Law360

July 21, 2017
Rising Star: King & Spalding's James Stull

In the News · Source: Wealth Arabia Magazine

April 6, 2017
Wealth Arabia: The Rise and Fall of Populism

View all

Credentials

B.A., Vanderbilt University, cum laude

J.D., Vanderbilt University

District of Columbia

Georgia

American Bar Association

State Bar of Georgia

Atlanta Bar Association

District of Columbia Bar

Power 30, Most Influential People in Fund Services


MENA Fund Manager, 2016

UAE Investment Funds and Saudi Arabian Corporate and Commercial Practice


Legal 500

Middle East Investment Funds


Chambers Global, 2017

Leading Lawyer in the UAE and Saudi Arabia for Investment Funds, Private Equity and M&A


IFLR 1000, 2016

Finalist for DIFC Courts’ Young Lawyer of the Year, 2014