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Proven . Trusted . Advice .

Meet Our Team

Meshal Alakeel

Dr. Meshal Al Akeel

Chairman

Dr. Meshal is US-educated and licensed by the Saudi Ministry of Justice whose practice concentrates primarily on all forms of disputes (litigation, arbitration and conciliation), regulatory and Islamic law matters.

Dr. Meshal actively represents banks, construction and multinational companies in handling disputes before the Board of Grievances, Execution Courts, SAMA Committee and Labor Courts, as well as handling arbitration matters.

Dr. Meshal also regularly advises major Saudi Arabian institutions and families, as well as multinational companies, on a variety of corporate, commercial and labor matters, and has been successfully involved on major litigation matters in Saudi Arabia representing some of the leading companies and corporations in their respective industries.

Dr. Meshal is accustomed to providing comprehensive advice and representation on contentious matters involving courts of all levels. By way of example, Dr. Meshal has successfully handled matters before the Commercial Court in excess of 300 million Saudi Riyals and before arbitration committees on matters in excess of 95 million Saudi Riyals.

In addition, Dr. Meshal has assisted parties in reaching amicable resolutions on disputes ranging in excess of 30 million Saudi Riyals. Dr Meshal has built up solid relationships with business leaders, government and regulatory authorities in the Kingdom. These relationships, coupled with Dr. Meshal’s first-hand knowledge of working on complex and high value disputes puts him in a unique position to meet clients’ legal needs on the ground in Saudi Arabia.

Tony Khouri

Tony Khoury

Partner

Tony is a US-trained and qualified KN Partner whose main focus has been on energy projects and corporate transactions in the Middle East. He has assisted several major international entities develop, expand, and operate energy and petrochemical projects throughout the region. His experience includes advising on a wide range of turnkey contracts, such as EPC, EPCM, IPP, IWSPP, BOO, BOOT, BOT, and others.

Tony has acted on behalf of IOC’s, NOC’s, independent contractors and consortiums. Tony has also supported multinational companies establish, or enhance, their presence in the region through Shari'ah compliant corporate structuring, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, corporate takeovers, and other various forms of corporate structuring and governance. Tony has developed a deep knowledge of the laws, rules and regulations guiding foreign entities in the Middle East and has valuable experience with the foreign investment procedures as applied in practice.

In addition, Tony has experience supporting government entities with regulatory matters. He has assisted with the drafting and implementation of local rules and regulations while ensuring compliance with a government’s international commitments made through agreements such as GATS, GATT, TRIPS, bilateral free trade agreements, double taxation agreements, and others.

Tony has successfully represented the Saudi Arabian government in two sovereign immunity cases. For over seven years, Tony has been actively working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on various projects. His work in the Kingdom is primarily focused on the energy, oil and gas industry, however, he also advises foreign entities on investment matters, restrictions and business dealings within the region’s most dynamic market.

Tony earned his Juris Doctor (JD) from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, D.C and is a member of the Texas State Bar, American Bar Association and the Houston Bar Association.

Marc Saroufim

Marc Saroufim

Partner

Marc is a US-trained legal consultant with over 17 years of experience in providing advisory services on a wide range of legal matters in both the corporate and commercial spheres. Marc's career spanned practices in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and USA. Marc was recommended as a corporate legal consultant of note by prominent publication "Corporate Law Experts" in 2019.

Marc previously held the position of Head of Corporate Department (Riyadh branch) at a prominent regional firm and was a Senior Legal Advisor at another well-respected local firm in Riyadh.  Marc also acted as head of legal department at a UAE joint venture company partly owned by major real estate developer Solidere International.

Marc has advised a variety of clients, including local and international entities / conglomerates, family-owned businesses, high net worth individuals, government organizations, and small and medium sized enterprises, on transactions involving joint ventures, M&A, initial public offerings, rights issues, real estate development, agency and distribution, franchises, intellectual property, corporate formations, labor, and company restructuring.

Marc’s experience includes the drafting of advice on a wide variety of Saudi laws and regulations, as well as the drafting of legal documentation including shareholders’ agreements, share purchase agreements, joint venture agreements, framework agreements, trademark lease agreements, confidentiality agreements, franchise agreements, agency / distribution agreements, real estate sale agreements, multiple types of service agreements, letters of intent, term sheets, memorandums of understanding, board / shareholders’ resolutions, and powers of attorney.

Marc earned his Juris Doctor (JD) from Valparaiso University School of Law in Indiana and his Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Boston University.

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Majed Naim

Partner

Majed is an Australian educated KN Partner with more than 12 years of experience in private practice in the UAE, specializing in cross border and all types of corporate and commercial transactions. His practice encompasses a broad spectrum of legal areas with specific focus on corporate structuring and governance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, commercial agencies and distribution, licensing and franchising, construction and real estate.

Majed advises both local and international partners on a large number of joint ventures in the UAE and GCC which requires a detailed knowledge of the local licensing and regulatory environment, in particular, for structuring a joint venture vehicle in light of the statutory restrictions placed on foreign investors.

Majed also handles many private placement, merger and acquisition deals in the UAE, which involve conducting legal due diligence, designing acquisition structures, drafting, reviewing and advising on all related structuring agreements, obtaining approvals from regulatory bodies, providing advice on all aspects of corporate licensing, overseeing the closing processes.

Majed advises on all types of commercial agency arrangements such as franchise, distribution, agency and commission arrangements and on the impact of local laws in the region on such arrangements, including the effect of these arrangements being registered with the local authorities.

Majed continues to support many multinational companies in dispute resolution and litigation in the UAE in various areas such as construction, banking, employment, real estate and commercial corporate disputes. In addition, Majed has experience in finance and Shari'ah compliant finance and has represented clients in many financial transactions in the UAE.

He earned his LL.M at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia and is a member of the Dubai Legal Affairs License and the International Bar Association.

Hazem Almasry

Hazem Almasry

Partner

Hazem is an Egypt-trained Partner with over 26 years of legal experience in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Hazem specializes in arbitration, litigation, mediation, and other forms of dispute resolution. Hazem is an expert in capital market transactions, including telecommunication, employment, administrative, commercial and labor law, as well as arbitration matters covering disputes of a commercial nature to those involving specific aspects of Sharia law.

Hazem has extensive experience in drafting legal opinions to be submitted to the General, Administrative, Execution and Labor courts within the Kingdom. Hazem has successfully represented clients from various industry backgrounds in connection with dispute claims exceeding, in several instances, tens and hundreds of millions of Saudi Riyals.

Mohammed Alfaqi

Dr. Mohamed Alfaqi

Senior Associate

Dr. Mohamed is a Senior Associate holding a PhD in Comparative Law and is licensed by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Justice as an Arbitrator. With over three decades of experience, Dr. Mohamed advices clients on a breadth of issues including dispute resolution, drafts of general regulations, bylaws, resolutions, and contract formation. Prior to joining the Firm, Dr. Mohamed worked for over 17 years as a legal advisor with Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Da'wah and Guidance in Riyadh. Dr. Mohamed successfully handled disputes related to real estate, commercial, intellectual property, labor, commercial securities, general administration, and telecommunications (including frequency spectrum and internet services disputes). In addition, Dr. Mohamed provided council in matters related to the drafting of over two hundred general laws and regulations in the Kingdom, in addition to GCC-wide regulations. Dr. Mohamed has extensive experience in providing legal and Sharia law compliant advice to clients in both the private and public sectors. Of note is Dr. Mohamed’s participation as a member of the legal team involved with the accession of the Kingdom to the World Trade Organization.

Tariq Alsharif

Tariq Alsharif

Senior Associate

Tariq is an Australian-trained Associate licensed by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Justice with an emphasis on dispute resolution and regulatory matters in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Tariq is actively involved representing foreign and local investors and liaising closely with the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority, the Ministry of Commerce and Investment, the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency, the Capital Market Authority, the Ministry of Labor, the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Education.

Tariq’s litigation expertise includes the drafting of claims memoranda and directly representing clients before commercial, public, administrative, labor and appeal courts, as well as arbitration committees.

Tariq has successfully represented local and international clients in litigation matters where claims exceeded 60 million Saudi Riyals. Tariq’s corporate experience covers licensing, conversions, restructuring, employment, intellectual property, as well as the preparation of due diligence reports, share purchase agreements, shareholders agreements, finance agreements, franchise agreements, trademark licensing agreements, to name a select few.

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Ahmed Salah El-Sayed

Senior Associate

Ahmed is a Senior Associate specializing in Saudi commercial and common law with more than 15 years in legal practice. Ahmed possesses extensive experience working within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a legal consultant at several major law firms in both Jeddah and Riyadh. Ahmed is also licensed to appear before the Court of Appeal and the State Council in Egypt.

Ahmed practiced as a legal consultant for a period of three years in the legal affairs section of one of the largest joint-stock companies in the Kingdom (Etihad Etisalat "Mobily").

The diversity of Ahmed’s legal experience earned him a reputation as a senior professional with the capability of drafting court petitions and memoranda before various courts in the Kingdom. In addition, Ahmad regularly advises clients on a wide variety of corporate and commercial laws and regulations in the Kingdom in multiple sectors.

On the commercial law side, Ahmed possesses extensive experience drafting and negotiating a broad range of agreements (including reseller agreements, partnership agreements, framework agreements, teaming agreements, MOU, NDA). Ahmed’s experience in dispute resolution has proven to add material value to the drafting and negotiation of agreements in terms of the enforceability of the client's rights before the Kingdom's courts.

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Akef Khoury

Senior Associate

Akef is a UK-educated senior associate specialized in corporate law and mergers and acquisitions, as well as banking & finance and capital markets, with special emphasis on Islamic Finance and Saudi Arabian foreign investment law. Akef advised several investment banks and financial institutions operating in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the structuring, initial public offering, and listing on the Saudi Stock Exchange of single and multi-asset Shari'ah -compliant real estate investment traded funds (REIT).

He also oversaw the reverse takeover of a privately-owned Limited Liability Company by a Saudi publicly listed company in compliance with article 55 of the Capital Markets Authority’s Rules on the Offering of Securities and Continuing Obligations (ROSCO), which addresses capital increase by way of rights issue. His experience in advising Private Equity Funds and Venture Capital Firms enabled him to counsel several Startups and SMEs on setting their strategic agendas and raising outside capital promoting their rapid growth.

Akef has advised on several mergers and acquisitions transactions in the banking, pharmaceutical, educational and food and beverages sectors in both the Saudi and Lebanese market.

Akef earned his LL.M at the City University of London, UK. He is a member of the Beirut Bar.

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Salah A. Alkhair

Senior Legal Consultant

Salah’s expertise in litigation, corporate law and Islamic Banking spans over 40 years, with 25 of those years in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Salah held several positions in his career, including as a member of the Attorney General’s office (Department of Legislation) where he assisted in drafting laws and regulations in addition to local and international governmental agreements.

Salah possesses extensive knowledge in Saudi laws and regulations, as he was the senior legal advisor for several major companies in various industries including in the construction, manufacturing, and banking fields. Salah handled and participated in various merger and acquisition transactions notable of which was SAFCO’s merger with the National Chemical Fertilizer Company. Salah acted as the head of the Consultation Department at the Saudi Fransi Bank in Riyadh and also held the position of Senior Legal Advisor at the Arab National Bank where he participated in establishing the Arab National Investment Company, in addition to, drafting contracts between international entities. Salah participated in the standardization of contracts, agreements, and formal documents for the Arab National Bank and is considered an expert in handling complex litigation matters. Salah participated in a major lawsuit against an organization in the UK and reached an amicable settlement with favorable terms during his employment with Al Saghyir Group.

Salah obtained his LLB (with Honors) from the University of Khartoum in Sudan and is fluent in Arabic and English.

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Yasmeen Abahussain

Associate

Yasmeen is a Saudi educated associate with a bachelor’s degree from Prince Mohammed bin Fahd University. Yasmeen is experienced in corporate structural matters such as corporate governance, as well as legal drafting of advertising and media contracts, manpower and transportation contracts, and franchise agreements.

Yasmeen has broad knowledge dealing with legal procedures in execution court, commercial court, general courts, and labor dispute. She has also background on substantive law and legal procedures with a focus on commercial litigation along with being well acquainted with the online judicial system.

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Sara Albaiz

Associate

Sara is a Saudi-educated Associate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University. Sara is experienced in corporate and commercial matters, including providing advice on foreign investment transactions.

Sara’s primarily concentrates on representing clients before various Saudi courts including the commercial court, general court, labor court, and execution court. Sara is well versed in the latest laws and regulations governing litigation practice and administrative processes in the Kingdom. Sara is fluent in English and Arabic.

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Dana Al Hamad

Associate

Dana is experienced in various corporate and commercial legal matters, including contracts, franchise agreement, agency agreements, internal and external corporate structure agreements. She has successfully assisted a number of investors in establishing local and foreign companies.

Dana handled a number of high-profile cases and assisted in many legal litigation and arbitral procedures in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, including resolving cases before the local commercial and employment courts, as well as the local arbitration bodies. She is well versed in matters of local law and can effectively navigate the procedural process applied by the courts.

Dana’s fluency in English and Arabic allow her to communicate effectively with multinational clients. In addition to litigation matters, Dana has led major corporate and commercial files, including conducting a comprehensive due diligence for an acquisition, drafting of all relevant agreements and supporting documents.

Dana earned her L.L.B. at the International Islamic University, Malaysia. She is a member of Saudi Arabian Bar.

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Aysha Al Kaabi

Associate

Aysha has an excellent overview on substantive law and legal procedures in Saudi Arabia. She has advised numerous local and multinational clients on matters of employment, business structuring and registration, corporate governance. Aysha has supported senior members of the firm with advising on high-value mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and restructurings.

In addition, Aysha is well experienced in litigation and dispute resolution matters in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, effectively managing a dispute from inception to resolution. She continues to handle trial preparation and advocacy on many employment and commercial matters.

Aysha graduated from Prince Mohammed bin Fahd University as one of the top students in her class. She earned her LLB with an Honors distinction.

Nawaf Almatar

Nawaf Almatar

Associate

Nawaf is a Saudi educated associate who received his Bachelor from King Saudi University and joined our Firm directly after his graduation. Nawaf represents our Firm before various Saudi Courts including Shari'a, Administrative, Commercial and Execution courts, in addition to, the Ministry of Commerce and Investment and the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority.

Nawaf represents clients on matters involving litigation, corporate / commercial, and employment law. Nawaf has successfully participated in litigation matters representing clients involved in various types of commercial disputes across multiple dispute resolution venues in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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Mishari Alnafea

Associate

Mishari is a graduate of King Saud University in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Law.

Mishari primarily practices in the firm’s litigation department where he assesses relevant documentation and prepares associated claims for submission to various Saudi courts including the general court, administrative court, execution court, and commercial court. Mishari also participates in transactions involving alternative dispute resolution where he resolves and settles claims on behalf of the firm’s clients.

Mishari is also well versed in the Kingdom’s various corporate / commercial laws and regulations, including in aviation law, foreign investment law, and employment law, allowing him to draft various types of service agreements, memorandum of understanding, powers of attorney, articles of association, to name a few.

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Nouf AlRozeyg

Associate

Nouf is a Trainee Associate. She worked extensively in corporate matters including corporate and commercial organizational structures, Due Diligence, Human Resources and employment matters, commercial agency/distribution, contracts, and direct foreign investment.

With extensive hands-on training in the application of international best practices to local law, coupled with natural fluency in both English and Arabic, Nouf continually supports national and multinational companies in the Kingdom and abroad.

Nouf earned her LLB at the Prince Sultan University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Rawan Al Rshoud

Associate

Rawan is an Associate that holds a Bachelor’s degree of law from King Saud University with first class honors. Rawan’s main focus is in corporate / commercial transactions including the establishment of new entities within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the legal assessment of various corporate / commercial laws and regulations in the Kingdom.

Rawan also assists the litigation department with legal research and the drafting of claims to be submitted to various courts.

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Faisal Altoukhi

Associate

Faisal acquired his Bachelor’s degree in Law from Dar Al Uloom University in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Faisal has unique experience in several aspects of the law such as Bankruptcy Law, Criminal Law, and Corporate Law.

Faisal is one of our key associates that represent the Firm at the Saudi Courts in relation to litigation matters for both local and international clients.

In addition, Faisal represents our clients at the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Investment of Saudi Arabia (MISA). Faisal’s extensive knowledge of the rules and regulations of MISA allows him to handle matters involving foreign investment within the Kingdom. Faisal’s clients have relied on his regulatory expertise to establish limited liability companies, joint stock companies, and branches of foreign entities.

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Lana Massad

Associate

Lana is an Associate. She has worked on multiple transactions involving mediations and arbitration, as well as on corporate and commercial matters that span various industries. Her experience on such transactions include advising on laws and regulations involving foreign investment, corporations, construction, employment, intellectual property, agency / distribution, franchising, and the conducting of legal due diligence reviews on corporate entities operating in the Kingdom.

Lana has authored several publications and studies in relation to international humanitarian law and business law.

Lana earned her LLB at Birzeit University in Ramallah, State of Palestine, and is a member of the Palestinian Bar Association and the Palestinian International Arbitration Chamber. She is fluent in English and Arabic.

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