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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.

Mohammed Al-Jadaan remains Managing Partner of Al-Jadaan, and together with partners Yousef Al-Jadaan and Abdullah Al-Hashim, will focus on litigation, mediation, legal strategies and structuring related advice. Mohammed continues to support Clifford Chance in his role as special adviser and Clifford Chance will continue to maintain a co-operation agreement with Al-Jadaan.

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 eight 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:

Recent highlights

Awards and milestones

  • Middle East Law Firm of the Year: Chambers Global Awards, 2013
  • for the eighth year running, Saudi Arabia Law Firm of the Year: IFLR Middle East Awards, 2013. We are the only firm to have ever won this award *
  • International Law Firm of the Year: ALB Middle East Awards, 2012
  • International Law Firm of the Year: IFLR Middle East Awards, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007
  • CSR Initiative of the Year: Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards, 2013
  • Corporate Citizen / CSR Law Firm of the Year: ALB Middle East Awards, 2012
  • 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 eight years.

Work examples include advising:

Directory listings and client comments

Directory listings

Chambers Global: Saudi Arabia, 2013

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

Legal 500: Saudi Arabia, 2013

  • 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

  • "This firm provides the gold standard on innovative structures. The recognised authority in the Saudi market."
    Chambers Global: Saudi Arabia, 2013
  • "We are very comfortable dealing with them - they get deals done with minimal fuss."
    Chambers Global:Saudi Arabia, 2013
  • "A leader in the market – very few can compete with them."
    Chambers Global: Saudi Arabia, 2013
  • "If I have a banking and finance dispute, I will always go here."
    Chambers Global:Saudi Arabia, 2013
  • "Clients praise the lawyers…for their 'intelligence, sophistication and dedication to work,' and the fact that 'they are ready and willing to provide advice at any time'."
    Legal 500:Saudi Arabia, 2013
  • "Outstanding in all aspects: the lawyers boast a high level of professionalism in all respects and the firm has an excellent reporting system, which highlights the strength of its internal structure."
    Legal 500: Saudi Arabia, 2013 
  • "A clear leader in the market."
    Legal 500: Saudia Arabia, 2013