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1975 - 2015: Celebrating 40 years in the Middle East.

Clifford Chance is Saudi Arabia's leading transactional law firm and its first joint Saudi and foreign owned law firm. 

A continuous commitment that delivers results for clients

On 1 January 2014, we opened the Kingdom's first joint Saudi and foreign owned law partnership when we integrated into our practice the transactional lawyers of Al-Jadaan & Partners Law Firm with whom we have had a cooperation agreement since 1998.

We offer our clients access to a team of forward-thinking legal experts with considerable insight of the local Saudi market. Our five-partner team includes two of the leading and most awarded Saudi lawyers in the Kingdom, Abdulaziz Al-Abduljabbar and Khalid Al-Abdulkareem, and recognised English lawyers, Omar Rashid and Paul Latto. Tim Plews manages the office. Our team now consists of more than 30 permanently based Saudi and foreign lawyers and 20 support staff.

We continue to collaborate with partners Yousef Al-Jadaan and Abdullah Al-Hashim of Al-Jadaan & Partners Law Firm who focus on litigation, mediation, legal strategies and structuring related advice.

Supporting the development of Saudi lawyers

Our new model presents new opportunities for Saudi lawyers to train with and develop their careers in one of the world's leading international law firms, ensuring they benefit from an institutionalised career path and secondment opportunities throughout the Clifford Chance global network.

Market-leading experience and excellent client service

The Clifford Chance Saudi Arabia team has been consistently ranked Tier 1 for each of its practice areas by Chambers Global, IFLR1000 and Legal 500. The Clifford Chance Riyadh team has been part of the Al-Jadaan & Partners Law Firm that has won the prestigious Saudi Arabian Law Firm of the Year: IFLR for the past nine years.

We use the experience we've gained on complex, fast-paced transactions to make sure that clients get the highest standards of service from a team that fits their needs. We build tailored teams that combine local and regional know-how with specialist contributions from the firm’s formidable resources – over 3,400 lawyers across our international network.

A sharp commercial focus and first-of-a-kind deals

We've weathered many market scenarios and work on a wide range of assignments – from M&A, joint ventures and regulatory matters to innovative conventional and Islamic financing.

This level of experience means that we're comfortable with new ideas and the art of the possible. We help clients reach their commercial goals and this can, as in these examples, call for new ideas. We have recently advised:

  • the joint lead managers on the establishment of Saudi Telecom Company SAR5 billion sukuk issuance programme, uniquely using a combination of mudaraba and murabaha, whereby the murabaha is designed to only cover the principal payable under the sukuk and the mudaraba covers the profit
  • a syndicate of 30 global and regional lenders on a US$10 billion revolving credit facility to Saudi Aramco (state-owned Saudi Arabian Oil Company), the world's biggest oil exporter in 2015
  • Savola Group on the sale of Savola Packing Systems Company (SPS) and its subsidiaries to Takween Advanced Industries Company
  • ANB and lenders in connection with a SAR1.88 billion (US$500 million) limited recourse financing provided to Al-Bait for Construction and Building Company Limited in respect of the Abraj Al-Bait
  • joint lead managers and bookrunners on the issuance by The National Commercial Bank of a SAR5 billion (US$1,333 million) sukuk
  • AXA Cooperative Insurance Company on its issuance of 25,000,000 new ordinary shares at a price of SAR10 per share (Saudi listed)
  • Acwa Power on its proposed initial public offering on the Saudi stock exchange.

Recent highlights

Awards and milestones

  • for the ninth year running, Saudi Arabia Law Firm of the Year: IFLR Middle East Awards, 2014. We are the only firm to have ever won this award *
  • International Law Firm of the Year: Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards, 2014
  • Middle East Law Firm of the Year: Chambers Global Awards, 2013
  • International Law Firm of the Year: IFLR Middle East Awards, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007
  • Consistently achieved the highest number of Tier One rankings in Chambers Global and Legal 500 in the Middle East than any other competitor
  • First joint Saudi and foreign owned law partnership to operate in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 

* The Clifford Chance Riyadh team has been part of the Al-Jadaan & Partners Law Firm that has won the prestigious Saudi Arabian Law Firm of the Year: IFLR award for the past nine years.

Work examples include advising:

Directory listings and client comments

Directory listings

Chambers Global: Saudi Arabia, 2015

  • Tier One in Banking & Finance
  • Tier One in Capital Markets
  • Tier One in Corporate & Commercial

Legal 500: Saudi Arabia, 2015

  • Tier One in Banking & Finance
  • Tier One in Capital Markets
  • Tier One in Corporate and M&A
  • Tier Two in Dispute Resolution
  • Tier One in Projects & Energy

Chambers Global: Saudi Arabia, 2014

  • Tier One in Banking & Finance 
  • Tier One in Capital Markets 
  • Tier One in Corporate/Commercial

Legal 500: Saudi Arabia, 2014

  • Tier One in Banking & Finance 
  • Tier One in Capital Markets 
  • Tier One in Corporate and M&A 
  • Tier One in Dispute Resolution 
  • Tier One in Projects & Energy

IFLR 1000: Saudi Arabia, 2014

  • Tier One in Financial and Corporate - Banking 
  • Tier One in Financial and Corporate - Capital Markets 
  • Tier One in Financial and Corporate - M&A
  • Tier One in Financial and Corporate - Project Finance

Client comments

  • "Clifford Chance has a wide scope of expertise, so when there is a niche area of work needing specialised input, they have an edge."
    Chambers Global: Saudi Arabia, 2015
  • "Very professional - they have a lot of experts in Islamic structuring and structuring generally."
    Chambers Global: Saudi Arabia, 2015
  • "They are very active on both the issuers' and underwriters' side of transactions."
    Chambers Global: Saudi Arabia, 2015
  • "Clifford Chance has deep roots here; they've been operating at a high level for a long time."
    Chambers Global: Saudi Arabia, 2015
  • "We were very pleased with their ability to respond to tight deadlines and to plan ahead - it was very efficient."
    Chambers Global: Saudi Arabia, 2015
  • "A ‘clear market leader’."
    Legal 500: Saudi Arabia, 2015
  • "A very good firm, very efficient and responsive."
    Chambers Global: Saudi Arabia, 2014
  • "In terms of sheer quality they are up there."
    Chambers Global: Saudi Arabia, 2014
  • "A long-standing, top-tier firm."
    Chambers Global: Saudi Arabia, 2014
  • "Very knowledgeable lawyers with an international flair."
    Chambers Global:Saudi Arabia, 2014
  • "A serious litigation practice with a significant Saudi-trained team."
    Chambers Global: Saudi Arabia, 2014
  • "The firm has ‘phenomenal knowledge of the market and local laws’."
    Legal 500: Saudi Arabia, 2014
  • "The firm is well regarded for its ‘forward-looking and solution-driven attitude’."
    Legal 500: Saudia Arabia, 2014
  • "Outstanding in all aspects; the firm has an excellent reporting system, which highlights the strength of its internal structure."
    Legal 500: Saudia Arabia, 2014
  • A "clear leader in the market."
    Legal 500: Saudia Arabia, 2014