Dr. Ali Alrobayee

Leaders in Law endorses Dr. Ali Alrobayee as our exclusively recommended Environmental Law expert in Saudi Arabia. If you wish to get in touch with Dr. Ali, please use the contact information provided above.

Dr. Ali Alrobayee is a Saudi legal advisor with a PhD from the US and LLM degree in Law, (international Trade) from the university of Queensland, Australia. Only BA degree from one of the leading Islamic universities in Saudi Arabia, Imam Mohammad bin Saud Islamic University in (Shari ‘a Law).

His work experience started in 1998, involving various fields such as Tourism and Hospitalities, Health Services Management. He joined www.soaiblaw.com in association with Charles Russell LLP in 2012, and was appointed to run Alkhobar Branch (Eastern Province),KSA.

Dr. Ali Alrobayee’s area of practice is focused on litigation, foreign investment and I am specialized in the international trade law.

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  • Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University – juris doctorate International Law and Legal Studies A (2018 – 2021)
  • The University of Queensland – Master Degree in Law International Business, Trade, and Tax Law (2009 – 2011)
  • Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University – Bachelor Degree in Islamic Law Islamic Law Shar”a 4 (2005 – 2008)

Firm Overview:

ASRLAWGROUP LLC was founded by a group of highly experienced lawyers who have worked with some of the most prestigious law firms in Saudi Arabia. The firm provides clients with the best legal services possible, and its lawyers are known for their extensive legal knowledge and expertise. The firm is committed to building long-term relationships with its clients by providing them with personalized legal services tailored to their specific needs. On the other hand, Al Robaye Law Firm is one of the most respected law firms in Saudi Arabia for the past 15 years. The firm has a team of highly experienced lawyers who specialize in various areas of law, including commercial law, corporate law, real estate law, Criminal law, and litigation. The firm is known for its commitment to providing clients with high quality legal services and its ability to handle complex legal issues.

In 2022, ASRLAWGROUP LLC and Al Robaye Law firm have decided to go internationally by forming a recognized partnership which strengthened the firm’s position in the Saudi Arabian legal market. Both firms have combined their expertise and resources to provide clients with an exceptional legal service that meets their client’s needs. The partnership has also enabled both firms to expand their areas of practice and offer clients a broader range of legal services. This Unification of both legal entities has known as ASRLAWGROUP LLC and become one of the international leading law firms in Saudi Arabia. The firm is known for its exceptional legal services and commitment to delivering results. The firm has a team of experienced lawyers who specialize in various areas of law, including corporate law, commercial law, labor law, real estate law, and intellectual property law, among others. ASRLAWGROUP LLC provides clients with comprehensive legal advice and representation to ensure their legal interests are protected.


Ziad El-Khoury

Leaders in Law endorses Ziad El-Khoury as our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in Saudi Arabia. If you wish to get in touch with Ziad, please use the contact information provided above.

Ziad El-Khoury is Chief Executive Officer at BLK Partners, a prominent and unique legal platform based in Riyadh.

With a reputation as a leading legal expert in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East, El-Khoury’s extensive experience and deep understanding of the corporate and business landscapes have solidified his position as a trusted authority in the field. His prowess extends beyond routine legal matters, encompassing complex cases involving corporate, healthcare, technology, real estate, construction and infrastructure. He also has a good handle on stand-alone projects.

Market sources consistently praise El-Khoury, acknowledging his influential role in developing the Firm’s regional profile and capabilities and managing its spectrum of corporate and commercial mandates. He is also highly rated for his healthcare knowledge and commercial business acumen, which has earned him recognition as a leading lawyer in multiple market listings across different jurisdictions.

Ziad’s remarkable leadership abilities enable him to spearhead high-stakes projects with finesse. His keen insights and exceptional guidance have earned him the trust of major corporations and influential clients across Saudi Arabia, the Middle East, and globally. Governments in the region have sought his counsel on significant undertakings, benefiting from his strategic guidance. Under his leadership as CEO, and despite the pandemic, the firm grew five folds in the last 5 years, a remarkable achievement by all measures.

El-Khoury holds an LL.M in International Business Law from the American University in Washington, DC, and a JD (equivalent) in Lebanese law from La Sagesse University. He is admitted to the Beirut Bar Association and registered as a foreign practicing attorney at the UK’s Solicitors Regulation Authority. He is fluent in Arabic, English, and French, facilitating seamless communication with clients from diverse backgrounds.

Firm Description:

Mohamed Ali BEN LADEN LAW FIRM – BLK Partners® offers its clients a full legal service in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through its team of specialist experts combining international experience with deeply rooted knowledge of local legal regimes, customs, and markets. Through its office in Riyadh, BLK Partners® is a unique legal platform of client-centric professionals, gathered around our “Glocal” concept and committed, all the way, to building the best legal platform.

We are GLOCAL. At BLK Partners®, we have global standards and are committed to providing quality service, every time.

We go beyond delivering an end result to focusing on the quality of the journey. We pride ourselves in the consistency and quality of our service. We are a uniquely structured firm with a robust infrastructure, which creates a culture in which exceptional client service and quality legal work are internally valued and rewarded.

Our Vision is to build the first real partnership offering the best quality legal platform in Saudi Arabia; anchored in fairness, collaboration & equal opportunity for all. Our vision was developed to cater to the market’s increasingly growing need for sophisticated legal services, tailored to the various local particularities.

Our clients value our international expertise and capabilities when applied properly to the Saudi legal regime. Our global experience speaks for itself. The majority of our lawyers have prior experience working at global law firms, where they served numerous local and international clients throughout the region. This extensive global experience enriches their ability to cater to the Saudi market.

We are versed in cultural nuances and local laws. The Saudi economy is dynamic and ever-changing. It presents risks and enormous opportunities for involvement in new or expanded development projects. Our result-driven integrated resources and expertise can help you capitalize on these opportunities and mitigate related risks. BLK Partners® delivers sophisticated legal services tailored to the Saudi market, enabling clients to navigate the regulatory, legal, economic, and business landscapes. Our team of multilingual lawyers understands cultural sensitivities and the complexities of doing business in the Kingdom.

Mohamed Ali Ben Laden Law Firm is a professional company registered in Saudi Arabia under CR number 1010689446 and operates under its registered trademark BLK Partners®, under license number 2731.


Dr. Ahmed Khedr

Leaders in Law endorses Ahmed Khedr as our exclusively recommended Corporate Affairs and Mediation Law expert in Saudi Arabia & Egypt. If you wish to get in touch with Ahmed, please use the contact information provided above.

Ahmed is Advisory of Law and Corporate Affairs, Managing Partner of KLCCA Legal & Corporate Affairs (Egypt) and Chairman Board of Advice House – KLCCA (Saudi Arabia). He has a mixed background as he was an Assistant Professor of Commercial & International Commerce Law, Taibah University in KSA and the British University in Egypt and he has a background in business administration, he is a graduate of the continuing and executive education program at Harvard Business School. This background made him aware of business law with a deeper concept that targets corporate affairs services as he merged the law with business for the sake of the continuity and development of companies.

Ahmed believes that “The Law must create a value and to be one of the Business resources of your corporate” for example, clients should not be subject to waiting for future surprises or a ruling by the court. Our interest is in merging business and law together when negotiating and formulating our contracts to make them protecting our clients’ rights and avoiding future risk and make it a flexible tool for developing their business.

Ahmed has a wide experience 25+ in dealing with private businesses, public companies, and non-profit bodies starting 1992, through combat crimes of corporate, banks and capital markets, training and consulting since 2004. He has a successful track record in the Middle East, USA and Gulf areas in consulting corporate laws, commerce contract drafting, Negotiation, Mediation, Corporate Governance, Corporate Compliance & Codes systems, Compliance capital markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Restructuring, KPIs, Family Business Succession, family constitution , and Independent investigations to several multinational and local companies. he has the most influential record in supporting Corporate Governance in Saudi Arabia in cooperation with the IFC World Bank Group. In addition to that, he is one of the best service providers in supporting the provision of Governance and Corporate affairs to a number of higher-rated clients in the financial market.

Ahmed has been selected from NYU and LexisNexis as the legal author and advisor of many Gulf systems such as the UAE, Kuwait, and Qatar. Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry relied on Dr. Khedr’s expertise to design the first program in the Arab region to train local and international consultancy firms on the occasion of implementing mandatory application of corporate governance and compliance rules in the capital market of the UAE. He has been a member of T20 and participated in the development of the new generation administrative reform, investment policies, corporate and investment laws for the Egyptian government. He was present his opinions as independent Expert of Gulf laws upon the request of international arbitration bodies and courts in the USA and England.

Ahmed took advantage of his multiple abilities to create his own style (KLCCA style) in Mediation of complex commercial disputes as well as family business disputes in accordance with the rules of (ICC / AAA / WB), which made clients praise professionalism, ethics, speed, quality and value for money. KLCC became a haven for disputing parties from outside his region.

Dr. Ahmed is an Independent Board Member in private and public sectors.

Areas of Expertise

  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Law
  • Mediation Law
  • Contracts Law
  • Corporate Restructuring, M&A
  • Family Business Succession
  • Commercial Law

Firm Description:

KLCCA is a specialized international law firm with a variety of expertise in corporate affairs. We are one of the leading in the region, as we provide a variety of advisory services in many legal and corporate affairs areas. We complement those activities with advisory services in Investment, Mergers & Acquisitions, Company Valuations as well as company divestments. KLCCA Focus on Quality, Rapidly Innovate to Offer Renewable Services for your Business Sustainability.

Quality and Commitment are our focus. We make sure to provide our clients with a wide bundle of legal, corporate affairs and investment expertise, supported by the best professional practitioners, while meeting international standards and practices. We follow the principles of corporate governance in all our practices while being guided by professional codes of ethics, business standards and innovation.

Our Advice is tailored to your business requirements and objectives. We help to prepare your optimal structure, identify the most Cost-effective, ensuring that you have ability to execute your growth strategy for get a Goals and Increase Investment at acceptable levels of Risk by Global Best Practices. We Provides advice at all stages of the process. Our service offerings Innovate Prepare Business Plan, Implementation Operations Evaluation, Independent Annual Assessment and selection Right Provider.

We Maintain Sustainability and Continuity of Business in markets. We help our clients to develop and implement plans & programs for Corporate Governance, Compliance, Restructuring, Mergers & Acquisitions, Evaluation, Strategic Planning, Lead of Change Management, Design Organizational Structures and Corporate Social Responsibility, International Commerce System, local Laws and Regulations.


Abdullah Abdulaziz Al Fallaj

Leaders in Law endorses Abdullah Abdulaziz Al Fallaj as our exclusively recommended Criminal Law expert in Saudi Arabia. If you wish to get in touch with Abdullah please use the contact information provided above.

Abdullah A. Al Fallaj is a Saudi National, presently the Chairman of the National Committee for Lawyers in the Council of Saudi Chambers and Vice Chairman of the National Committee for Lawyers in Riyadh Chamber of Commerce & Industry. He practices in Commercial Law, Intellectual Property Law, Criminal Law, Labor Law and Insurance Law. He began his legal practice and was admitted as Arbitrator since 1992 with the Ministry of Justice, Saudi Arabia and the GCC Commercial Arbitration Center.

Current Job

  • Owner and Manager of Abdullah Abdulaziz Al Fallaj Law Firm.
  • General Manager of Law Training Institute.

Education & Court Admissions

  • (LL.B) – Bachelor of Law – Regulations – King Saud University 1990.
  • Higher Diploma in Criminal Law – Institute of Public Administration, Riyadh Saudi Arabia.
  • Higher Diploma in Intellectual Property –World Organization of Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in cooperation with the Institute of International Law in the Gulf-Dubai, United Arab Emirates.


  • Lawyer and Legal Advisor practicing from 1992s till now.
  • Admitted Arbitrator – the Ministry of Justice, Saudi Arabia.
  • Vice President of the first board of directors of the Saudi Bar Association.
  • Previous member of the committee for the registration and acceptance of lawyers at the Ministry of Justice.
  • Chairman of the National Lawyers Committee in the Council of Saudi Chambers.
  • President of the Gulf Bar Association.
  • Chairman of the Standing Committee of Saudi Arbitration Centers.
  • Vice President of the Lawyers Committee at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Riyadh.
  • Arbitrator in The Commercial Arbitration Center for The Arab Gulf Co-operation Council countries.
  • Member of The Saudi Judicial Scientific Society.
  • Member of The Arab Society for the Protection of Industrial Property (ASPIP).
  • Member of The Disable Children’s Association.
  • Member of The Cairo Regional Center for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA).
  • Member of The International Bar Association (IBA).
  • Member of The International Law Association( ILA).
  • Member of The International Trademark Association (INTA).
  • Member of The Law Association for Asia and the Pacific (LAWASIA).
  • Member of The Association of European Trademark Owners (MARQUES).

Firm Description:

Al Fallaj Law Firm is one of the pioneers and leading law firms based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  Our legal firm consists of highly trained and experienced lawyers and paralegals providing full legal consultancy to business and investment projects. We have maintained our presence in the region for the past 29 years due to our in-depth knowledge of the local society’s cultural traditions. Our lawyers have broad experience in all areas of law and Sharia’h, services in the field of Commercial law, Labor Law, Intellectual Properties (Trademarks, Patents, Industrial Design), Company Formation, Legal consultations and preparation of all contracts and Agreements, Advocacy and litigation before all courts of Saudi Arabia.

Abdullah A. Al-Fallaj Law Firm, going on its 30th years of legal services has maintained its presence in the challenging phase of the diversified economy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Vision of 2030.

Our legal firm primarily has qualified Attorneys who are specialized in the field of Commercial Law, Labor Law, Intellectual Properties (Trademark, Patent, and Industrial Design) and Anti-Bribery and Corruption Law. In view of the current economy, the firm has primarily focused its services to international business operations, serving mainly foreign investors.  The establishment of foreign companies involves our expertise in Social Insurance, Banking, Contracts, Agreement, domain name, Labor law, and Commercial law.

Our firm represents its clients before all Courts of Saudi Arabia whether a defendant or a plaintiff in the litigation process. Abdullah A. Al Fallaj, one of the founders of the Saudi Bar Association is now the elected Vice President of the Board and Executive Manager.  Also, he was recently elected President of the Standing Committee of the Saudi Arbitration Centers.  His experience, professionalism, and indulgence are highly recommended to a reliable source for an excellent legal solution


Since 1990, Abdullah Al-Fallaj Law firm has been rendering ifs legal services. Throughout our history, whether we were working on a multibillion-dollar deal, or a cross border dispute or a pro bono matter, our core objective remained to build a bridge between our clients’ needs and their solutions.

Area of Practice

We provide our clients with a full range of services, tailored to their specific needs. Although our associates work in overlap but we have divided our team of experts mainly under the following four heads : Litigation before all Saudi Courts, Tribunals and Governments Agencies,Legal consultancy for Individuals, Commercial entities and Real Estate Companies, AD R-Arbitration-Mediation-N egotiation,  Legal drafting and vetting of all kinds of documents for Individuals, Corporations and Governmental bodies.

Our Guarantee

We hold exceptional expertise to solve Real Estate dilemmas; such as Project development, acquisition-transfer of lands, financial transactions, environmental-Insurance issues and conveyance transactions are essential part of our skills. Our dedicated attorney’s interact closely with Real Estate Developers, Architects, Engineers and Land Owners on daily basis. Our highly competent legal consultant’s due diligence protect the interests of sellers, buyers, and other parties to minimize the risk of financial loss.

Our Methodology

We execute the client’s service plan in a manner that ensures commitments are met, potential problems anticipated, and surprises are avoided. We believe that the reason behind our long relationships with our clients is that we regularly obtain an opinion about our services from the client, either formally or informally, for regular assessment of our performance.

Our Fee

We pride ourselves on our flexibility and innovation in working with clients toward the development of fee structures that are best suited to a particular transaction. Considering the nature of services required by our clients we propose both fixed and hourly-based fee.


Dr. Sultan Almasoud

Leaders in Law endorses Dr. Sultan Almasoud as our exclusively recommended Real Estate Law expert in Saudi Arabia. If you wish to get in touch with Dr. Almasoud please use the contact information provided above.

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.


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

Leaders in Law endorses Amer Abdulaziz Al-Amr as our exclusively recommended Arbitration Law expert in the Saudi Arabia. If you wish to get in touch with Amer Al-Amr please use the contact information provided above.

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.