Dr. Sultan Almasoud

Dr. Sultan Almasoud is the Head of the Riyadh office. He focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, IPOs, joint ventures, capital market transactions, private placements and all aspects of corporate and commercial legal matters.

Dr. Almasoud represents corporate and private equity clients including Swicorp, NBK Capital, Jabal Omar Development Company and Takween Advanced Industries.

Firm Overview:

One of the first global law firms to establish a presence in the Middle East, Shearman & Sterling has extensive regional experience and an integrated global network of offices providing top-tier legal services. We have represented clients on ground-breaking deals and precedent-setting projects that have led to the emergence of the region as a dynamic financial center. We have also represented clients on some of the most complex disputes arising out of construction and development projects, investments, acquisitions and joint ventures.

We provide exceptional service to both regionally based clients and foreign investors seeking opportunities in the Middle East, including multinational companies, government ministries, state-owned companies, banks, contractors, investment agencies and financial sponsors. These clients turn to us because of our distinguished record in M&A, project development, finance, financial regulation, capital markets, private equity and dispute resolution, as well as our deep experience in the construction, energy and infrastructure industries.

A pioneer in the field of financing in the region, we have advised on two of the largest project bond financings in the Middle East and on groundbreaking Shari’ah-compliant financings, such as the first power project in the Middle East that included financing from Islamic banks and the largest-ever oil and gas Islamic financing. Our track record also includes successfully representing Dow Chemical in an ICC arbitration arising from the failed joint venture with Petrochemical Industries of Kuwait, in which a $2.47 billion award was rendered in Dow’s favor — the largest commercial arbitration award ever.

In addition, we have worked closely with governments to draft new laws and regulations. We also worked with the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in 1971 to create the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), helping them establish a new era in Abu Dhabi’s economy. We established an office in Abu Dhabi in 1975 to assist our clients in transforming Abu Dhabi into one of the world’s most important energy centers. More recently, we have been advising Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) on its establishment as an international financial center in the United Arab Emirates and the UAE government on reforming its financial regulatory framework.

With the success of our longstanding presence in Abu Dhabi, we opened an office in the Dubai International Financial Centre in 2015. From our hubs in the UAE, we continue to represent clients on some of the region’s largest projects, premium domestic and foreign investment transactions, and major international arbitrations.

The economies of the Middle East have continued to diversify in recent years, especially in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. To support the Kingdom and its domestic clients, Shearman & Sterling formed an association with Dr. Sultan Almasoud & Partners in Saudi Arabia in 2015 to create a top-tier Saudi law practice with an office in Riyadh. The association harnesses the firm’s global network with Dr. Sultan Almasoud & Partners’ Saudi experience to provide legal support on local and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity, capital markets, corporate reorganizations, foreign investments, project development, dispute resolution and regulatory matters.

H.E. Abdulatif AlHarthi

Head of Commercial Litigation, Zamakhchary & Co.

H.E Sheikh Abdullatif leads the firm’s commercial litigation offering, having led the strategic direction of some of our most high-profile cases involving multinational corporates such as GE, Deloitte, and Kumho Tires, among others.

Prior to joining the firm, he served as deputy minister for the Ministry of Justice and was a member of the Supreme Judicial Council for four years. He also served as a Board of Grievances judge for over 14 years, and as a member of the Technical Affairs Office, was assigned as president of the administrative courts in Jeddah.

During his tenure as a Board of Grievances judge, he worked in the administrative, commercial, disciplinary and the penal circuits and was also entrusted to draft and review rules and regulations that were ultimately submitted to the Board of Grievance.

H.E Sheikh Abdullatif has represented the Kingdom before the Gulf Cooperation Council and has been entrusted with the presidency of numerous committees within the Ministry of Justice, Supreme Judicial Council and the Bureau of Experts, resulting in the creation of an impressive network of colleagues in the legal sector that H.E Sheikh Abdullatif is able to call upon to produce swift legal interpretations in various fields of the law.

H.E Sheikh Abdullatif received his bachelor’s degree in courts from Umm Al-Qura University, where he graduated with distinction, receiving excellent on his certificate and graduating first place in his department in 1997.


Mr. Mohammed Al-Soaib

Al Soaib Law Firm is one of the most experienced business and litigation law firms in the Saudi Arabia. The firm’s expertise and reputation stems from a long and a successful track record of nearly two decades. Al Soaib has significant experience assisting investors around the world to select their appropriate corporate vehicle in the Saudi market along with setting-up their body corporate and the ensuing consultancies that accompany such underlying process. Since 1995, Al Soaib Law Firm has been successful in setting-up many legal entities for prestigious international companies wishing to invest in Saudi Arabia.

The law firm of Mohamed Al-Soaib and partners was established in 1995 in the city of Riyadh -the capital of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia- by its founder and managing director lawyer Mohammed Bin Hamad Al-Soaib. The latter’s initiative to establish the law firm was premised on his belief in the importance of the legal practice profession and the nobility of its goals and its profound responsibility towards the community with all its natural and moral constituents.

The law firm establishment came against the backdrop of a long successful work journey Mr. Al-Soaib has spent working at one of the biggest contracting companies in Riyadh owned by his father Sheik Hamad Bin Abdul-Rahman Al-Soaib. The tenure he spent being a manager at his father’s company offered him a vast experience in the business world and gave him a profound knowledge of the sources of investment. Moreover he had an impressive outlook on the impediments that face investor in KSA and the strength points from which business growth should start.

This journey was crowned by the membership he earned in the Saudi American Business Council, a step that came to assert his impressive diversified experience he managed to accumulate throughout the years; an experience featuring both legal and business outlooks. This unique experience is seldom found at any peer firm in KSA and this was the milestone from which the law firm was launched towards excellence.

At the onset, we functioned in line with a vision which aims to establish a legal entity that elevates performance rates and takes them to the international level in accordance with the highest quality service. Our law firm’s good standing in the legal domain is due to its dedication, agility and synergy in offering extraordinary legal services and a client-tailored legal advice to our clients. Accordingly, we earned our position as one of the leading law firms, not only in Saudi Arabia but also throughout the region.

With this passion to develop and to learn along with our aspiration to excel in line with this vision, we’ve been able -by the grace of God- to make various fruitful professional relationships and successful longstanding collaborations with our clients throughout the past two decades. Our persistence and commitment were key elements in building our prolific network of contacts with public and private sectors, regionally and internationally; an asset that we perfectly employed to cater to the best interests of our clients.

Consequently, our successes followed and the trust and the reception we received from our esteemed clients was overwhelming. We pride ourselves in many achievements such as:

  • Representing the German Dorneh (consultancies) in preparing the system of waste recycling in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Representing the French Post in preparing and reviewing the contracts pertaining to “Wasel” project in the Kingdom and signing it.
  • Participating with Ernst & Young –the international accountancy firm- along with the General Investments Fund in the project of earmarking the Intercontinental Hotel.

In addition to these, there have been many more remarkable accomplishments that are regarded as highlights in our business path and that have had the effect of enriching the investment climate and participation in developing the infrastructure of the national economy. These achievements were crowned by our office being selected in the 10×10 program launched by SAGIA for the ten best law firms supporting investment and providing the best legal solutions for foreign investors. This precious recognition came for acknowledging our efforts in enlightening investors with the investment climate in Saudi Arabia and our contributions to their successful businesses in the country.

After nearly two glorious decades of delivering an extraordinary legal service, it was vital to seek a strategic joint venture with an international law firm that shares our vision. We thought of this step to be conducive to further development, as our firm will benefit from a higher level of legal standards that will set the pace for our firm to compete with the international law firms in the region.

To this end, we had the privilege of associating with several global Law Firms whom had concurs with our law firm’s vision and goals and shares our same passion for excellence and pioneering. These unique co-operations is a perfect opportunity to broaden our horizons for new business and creating high-level platforms for exchanging expertise and aspirations.

Finally, we at Al-Soaib law firm were constantly striving to make our philosophy anchored on having sincere faith in the noble message of the legal profession. In addition, we are determined to set the objectives of our firm to be premised on growing passion to learn and develop as well as selecting the productive elements, a high caliber of candidates and specialized experiences to contribute to the firm’s success history.

All these success elements function in a stimulating and forward-thinking work environment by providing the best legal service and accurate legal consultations for our clients who we’d rather like to call ‘success companions’.


Amer Abdulaziz Al-Amr

With over 17 years of experience, Amer Al-Amr handles a broad range of litigation and arbitration matters in the KSA, including insurance and re-insurance matters, assisting renowned local and international clients.

Amer also has experience in relation to a number of corporate and commercial matters (including initial public offerings, joint ventures, acquisitions, foreign investment, company incorporation and services and distribution contracts for renowned national and international companies).

Firm Overview:

DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 30 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, positioning us to help companies with their legal needs anywhere in the world.

We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality and value to our clients.

We achieve this through practical and innovative legal solutions that help our clients succeed. We deliver consistent services across our platform of practices and sectors in all matters we undertake.

Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies. They include more than half of the Fortune 250 and nearly half of the FTSE 350 or their subsidiaries. We also advise governments and public sector bodies.

Javade Chaudhri

Javade Chaudhri has worldwide experience in helping private and public sector companies transact business and undertake projects in a range of industry sectors and geographies. He advises companies on domestic and international mergers and acquisitions and strategic alliances. He also assists companies with corporate governance, compliance, and internal investigations. He has handled complex international litigation and arbitration under the rules of many major arbitral institutions. Javade serves as the head of the Firm’s Africa Practice.

Javade rejoined the Firm in 2013 after serving for 10 years as the general counsel, chief compliance officer, and chief environmental officer for Sempra Energy, a Fortune 250 company with gas and electric utilities in the United States, Mexico, and South America as well as fossil-fuel and renewable energy power plants, natural gas, and LNG businesses and a worldwide commodities trading business. Prior to Sempra, Javade was the general counsel and corporate secretary of Gateway, a $10 billion global technology company, where he also managed contracts and compliance.

Javade has structured and negotiated infrastructure, manufacturing, technology, and other transactions in many parts of the world, especially Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. He counsels companies on anti-bribery and other compliance matters. He has conducted numerous FCPA and fraud investigations. He has advised governments, development agencies, and nongovernmental organizations on transactions and large programs. He serves on a number of nonprofit boards working on education, development, and the rule of law. Javade is a faculty member at many institutions in the United States and around the world.

Jones Day:

Client service is the foundation goal of every law firm. Over the long term, the quality of client service offered by a firm determines its growth and success. Jones Day has grown from a small firm in Cleveland to a large global institution over more than a century, while many other firms initially better positioned in many ways have struggled or even failed. There must be an explanation for this success other than simply the skill of our lawyers, for we clearly do not have a monopoly on smart lawyers. We believe that the way we have applied our foundation values in Firm management and governance is an important reason for our success in satisfying client needs, and that success – in satisfying client needs – is the entire reason for the Firm’s growth over the years.

For almost a century, we have found it most effective to delegate to a single Managing Partner considerable authority to manage the institution. This includes strategic direction and expansion, internal business structure, and partner and associate compensation. The Managing Partner is not selected through elections or any similar process, but rather by his/her predecessor. Our view is that the outgoing Managing Partner is the person best placed to understand the skills and personality characteristics best suited to lead the Firm effectively at that time, and has no reason to allow anything but the future success of the Firm to influence that decision. The fact that Jones Day has had only seven Managing Partners in the last 100 years is strong evidence that this approach has in fact worked the way it was intended – to select the right person for the time. This continuity and stability has been an important element in Jones Day’s success over the years.

The Managing Partner serves at the pleasure of the partners, and is required to consult with various groups on a limited number of issues, but as a matter of tradition, good practice and respect for his/her colleagues, he or she will appropriately consult with a range of partners on any important matter. Nevertheless, in the end the Managing Partner is the final decision-maker on virtually every matter of significance for the Firm. This includes partner and associate compensation, annual budgets, conflict resolution, strategic direction and expansion, and internal structure.