find the latest legal job
Corporate Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Highly-respected, innovative and entrepreneurial Not-for-Profit · Competency based Board
View details
Chief Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Dynamic, high growth organisation · ASX listed market leader
View details
In-house Projects Lawyer | Renewables / Solar | 2-5 Years PQE
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: All Australia
· Help design the future · NASDAQ Listed
View details
Insurance Lawyer (3-5 PAE)
Category: Insurance and Superannuation Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Dynamic organisation ·
View details
Legal Counsel
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: North Sydney NSW 2060
· 18 month fixed term contract · 3-5 years PQE with TMT exposure
View details
Global firm expands in Middle East

Global firm expands in Middle East

Herbert Smith Freehills has formed an exclusive association with a Saudi Arabia law firm and has appointed three new partners across the Middle East.

The formal exclusive association with the Law Office of Nasser Al-Hamdan in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia will expand Herbert Smith Freehills’ projects and corporate practice capability in the region.

The firm’s existing Middle East team consists of eight partners and 31 lawyers working out of the Dubai and Doha offices.

Herbert Smith Freehills' joint CEO Sonya Leydecker said: “Together with our recent launches in Johannesburg and Dusseldorf, this will be our third major investment in strengthening the firm's presence across the EMEA region, a key focus for the firm to provide clients with a truly global offering.”

Herbert Smith Freehills' head of Middle East Zubair Mir said: “Saudi Arabia is the only Arab nation belonging to the G20, has the largest projects market in the Middle East and is in the process of diversifying its economy, modernising its infrastructure and creating jobs.”

Nasser Al-Hamdan is the managing partner of the Law Office of Nasser Al-Hamdan and a partner in Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

Mr Al-Hamdan is a high-profile corporate lawyer specialising in capital market transactions, M&A, private equity and investment funds, as well as foreign direct investment into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Project partner Euan Pinkerton is joining Mr Al-Hamdan in the Riyadh office from White & Case, where he was a partner in the energy, infrastructure, project and asset finance group since 2011.

Mr Pinkerton advises on both the financing and development aspects of projects, including conventional, Islamic and debt capital markets modes of financing, as well as matters of financial regulation and compliance with Sharia requirements in Saudi Arabia.

His expertise covers oil and gas, infrastructure, petrochemicals, defence, manufacturing and real estate.

Herbert Smith Freehills has also appointed project partner Anthony Ellis to its existing Dubai office.

Mr Ellis joins from DLA Piper where he has spent more than seven years leading the development of several large scale power, water and process plant projects in the Middle East and Africa.

He will be joined by a senior associate seconded from the Australian offices.

Patrick Mitchell, Herbert Smith Freehills’ head of infrastructure for UK and EMEA, said: “The addition of three partners of this calibre and regional standing will significantly enhance our projects and corporate capability in the Gulf and the wider Middle East.”

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Global firm expands in Middle East
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
LCA applauds proposed Modern Slavery Act
The Law Council of Australia has welcomed new recommendations for the development of a Modern Slaver...
Top-tier offers targeted mentoring for Indigenous law students
Students at Macquarie University will be the first to benefit from a new Indigenous mentoring progra...
LCA president Fiona McLeod SC
Aug 17 2017
Where social fault lines meet the justice gap in Aus
After just returning from a tour of the Northern Territory, LCA president Fiona McLeod SC speaks wit...
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...