Clifford Chance in alliance with AS&H in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH — Leading international law firm Clifford Chance announced Monday that it has entered into an association with the newly established Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm (AS&H) in Saudi Arabia. The association will commence operations later this year. It will replace the stand-alone Clifford Chance law firm that was licensed in 2013 by the Saudi Ministry of Commerce and Investment.
AS&H has been formed by three past and present members of Clifford Chance’s talented and widely recognized cohort of senior Saudi lawyers: Majid Al-Sheikh and Mansoor Al-Hagbani, along with Dr. Fahad Abuhimed, most recently a deputy minister at the Ministry of Commerce and Investment. Dr. Fahad is an alumnus of Al-Jadaan & Partners Law Firm, Clifford Chance’s former Saudi association firm, and previously spent a year on secondment to Clifford Chance.
Robin Abraham, Clifford Chance Regional Managing Partner for the Middle East, said: “The wide-ranging Transformation Program outlined by the Deputy Crown Prince in April this year is unlike anything seen before and presents tremendous opportunities for the economy, businesses and people of the Kingdom. We believe our new association with AS&H, the leading lawyers amongst the next generation of Saudis, will build on our existing market leading position as Clifford Chance to provide the depth and range of specialist capabilities that will be critical to our Saudi and international clients during this period of change.”
As well as the existing services provided by Clifford Chance, the addition of Dr. Fahad Abuhimed means the new association will offer Saudi and international clients best-in-class support across legislative drafting, regulatory, public policy and dispute resolution legal services.
Dr. Fahad, Managing Partner of AS&H, added: “We expect the coming months and years to see a significant increase in the demand for legal services in Saudi Arabia, with a greater requirement for deep specialization across a broader range of expertise. We are delighted that Clifford Chance has agreed to join with us to offer clients the breadth of legal services that will be needed. Together, we will offer clients a sizeable pool of talented Saudi and internationally-qualified legal professionals supported by experienced and committed leadership. We know the Clifford Chance team personally and respect their long-standing commitment to the Saudi market and the development of the Saudi legal profession. We are looking forward to working together to ensure a seamless transition for clients and staff when the new association becomes operational later this year.”
Senior Clifford Chance Saudi partner, Khalid Al-Abdulkareem, will continue to contribute his in-depth expertise and insight to deliver a smooth and successful integration between AS&H and Clifford Chance. His tremendous track record in corporate and M&A law alongside his managerial experience will be paramount in supporting all stakeholders throughout the process of integration. Khalid explained: “My priority is to ensure that we continue to deliver world-class legal services to our Saudi and international clients and to build a new generation of capable Saudi lawyers. I am proud to support this association.”
Between Clifford Chance and AS&H, the new association will have six partners, more than any other law firm in the Kingdom, offering clients the greatest depth of top Saudi and internationally qualified foreign lawyers as well as continuity and stability. The Saudi lawyers and business services staff currently employed by Clifford Chance in Riyadh will transition to AS&H. Clifford Chance partners Khalid Al-Abdulkareem, Omar Rashid and Mohamed Hamra-Krouha, along with Clifford Chance’s internationally qualified foreign lawyers based in Riyadh, will continue to work alongside AS&H’s Saudi lawyers. — SG