Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Hammad & Al-Mehdar has extensive experience of advising on a full range of corporate, commercial, financial, contentious and administrative matters for major local and international clients.

The alliance between Simmons & Simmons and Hammad & Al-Mehdar brings our clients immediate access to one of the largest and most respected firms in the region.

We have on the ground presence in Saudi Arabia in both Jeddah and Riyadh, and we work closely with Hammad & Al-Mehdar to provide an exceptional level of service to our clients investing into the Kingdom and for local Saudi clients with their outbound investment internationally.

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Experience
Abdul Latif Jameel Group
  • on a significant real estate and port development (RORO berth) project in King Abdullah Economic City.
  • on a SAR 1.2bn acquisition of land in King Abdullah Economic City for development of an import distribution components manufacture and assembly centre.
a global pharmaceuticals company
  • in relation to various corporate, commercial, regulatory and other issues in Saudi Arabia.
a leading Saudi silicon producer
  • on all aspects of the development of a world scale silicon mine and refinery in Saudi Arabia and on the proposed acquisition of two major Saudi Arabian compounds.
a Saudi mining company
  • on the finance aspects in the initial stages of a Saudi mining project, including advice on a Saudi Industrial Development Fund loan and a potential syndicated or project financing.
Amadeus IT Group, S.A.
  • on a major services and software solution development agreement with Saudi Arabian Airlines.
Arcelor-Mittal
  • in connection with its first manufacturing joint venture in KSA.
Banque Saudi Fransi
  • as an arranger of SAR 255m debut murabaha facilities for a Saudi Arabian steel company relating to the establishment of a steel melting plant in the Kingdom.
BNP Paribas

  • on the issuance of the US$650m Sukuk Al Manfa’a for SAAD Trading Contracting and Financial Services Company.
Deutsche Bank
  • as financial adviser on a proposed private placement by a Saudi Arabian real estate company.
Dubai Islamic Bank

as lead arranger of syndicated Islamic facilities to the Saudi Binladin Group to finance:

  • a construction project in Makkah.
  • the development of the Princess Noura Bint Abdulrahman University for Women in Riyadh (won Syndicated Deal of the Year, Islamic Finance News Awards 2009).
Etisalat consortium
  • on the US$13.6bn IPO of 20% of the share capital of the first Saudi Arabian private sector operator, the first IPO under the new Capital Market Regulations.
HSBC Saudi Arabia and Morgan Stanley Saudi Arabia
  • as financial advisers on a planned secondary offering on the Saudi Stock Exchange.
Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector
  • on the financing of a US$4.5bn real estate development.
Riyad Bank
  • on a wide range of technology and communications agreements, including in relation to its outsourced software support to IBM and an agreement with Awalnet to outsource support of its mobile phone banking platform.
SABIC
  • on its US$1.8bn IPO of Saudi Kayan, at the time the second largest IPO to have been undertaken in Saudi Arabia.
Sadafco (a Saudi Arabian listed company)
  • in connection with the sale of its 51% shareholding in the Saudi New Zealand Dairy Company to Fonterra Saudi Arabian Airlines. 
  • on the privatisation of its cargo, catering and sky sales businesses (M&A Deal of the Year, IFLR Middle East Awards 2008).
SEDCO Capital
  • on setting up a new Luxembourg domiciled multi-asset class Islamic umbrella fund, the largest such fund of its type in the world. This transaction involved transferring several private and listed equity interests into the new fund.
Standard Bank of South Africa
  • on a US$500m syndicated Murabahah facility to Al Rajhi Bank, Al Rajhi Bank’s debut syndicated Murabahah facility.
the Saudi operations of an international bank
  • on all major procurement matters including commercial agreements with communications vendors and core software platform developers and vendors.
the Saudi Arabian Telecommunications and Information Technology Regulator
  • on the issuance of the second Saudi Arabian GSM licence (the first Saudi Arabian deregulation allowing competition to the incumbent service provider).
Zain 
  • on the US$1.86bn IPO of 50% of the share capital of the third Saudi Arabian telecommunications operator.