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King & Spalding LLP

Corporate/M&A

4 ranked lawyersBand 3United Arab EmiratesGlobal 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Strong firm for corporate/M&A work, with specific expertise in transactions related to Saudi Arabia. Especially well versed in corporate matters in the oil and gas sector. Offers further expertise in the healthcare, education and energy industries and is widely endorsed for its capabilities in private equity matters, drawing upon the strength of its market-leading investment funds practice. Clientele commonly includes multinational corporations, family businesses, government entities and private equity firms.

Strengths

Clients enthuse: "The team is excellent – a perfect combination of technical skill and commercial approach."

One client declared that "the firm has a very good understanding of regional regulations and transaction structures, especially in Saudi Arabia."

Work highlights

Represented Gateway Fund I in its USD37 million acquisition of a minority stake in the Tim Hortons franchise within the GCC.

Notable practitioners

James Stull is highly regarded for his expertise in Saudi Arabia. He is particularly well versed in investment fund, private equity and venture capital issues. A client said: "We were impressed with his understanding of the various corporate structures; he helped us to an efficient closing of the transaction."

Nabil Issa demonstrates a remarkably broad practice that encompasses M&A, private equity and investment funds. He splits his time between Dubai and Riyadh and is widely esteemed for his expertise in the Saudi Arabian market. One client noted of his high level of service that "it's a pleasure to work with him; he's always available and very responsive."

Simon Rahimzada is a noted Abu Dhabi-based lawyer who often represents sovereign entities and private equity firms in acquisitions in the food and beverage, power, education and healthcare sectors. Sources appreciate that he is "very clear conceptually, he can think through difficult problems and is strong at drafting."

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Corporate/M&A Department

King & Spalding LLP

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Al Fattan Currency House

Tower 2, Level 24

Dubai International Financial Centre

P.O. Box 506547

Dubai

Dubai

United Arab Emirates

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United Arab Emirates

Corporate/M&A


James Stull
Foreign expert for Saudi Arabia
Nabil Issa
Foreign expert for Saudi Arabia

Corporate/M&A: Abu Dhabi-based


Simon Rahimzada
Band 3

Corporate/M&A: Dubai-based