Dechert has in Jeddah an association with the Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni, one of the premier law firms in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni was founded in 1970.
The lawyers of the Law Firm of Hassan Mahassni, in association with Dechert, serve the legal needs of international clients doing business in Saudi Arabia or elsewhere in the region and Saudi Arabian clients doing business globally. Together, the team has a deep understanding of the Saudi Arabian commercial landscape, legal framework and cultural issues.
Types of clients served include multinational engineering and construction companies, pharmaceutical companies, producers of consumer and industrial products, hotel management companies, airlines, commercial banks, Islamic financial institutions, investment banks, insurance companies, exporters, onshore and offshore drilling companies, shipping companies, hospital management companies, mining companies, electronics manufacturers, defense contractors, communications, publishing and entertainment companies and project developers.
Areas of Focus
Infrastructure and Project Finance
We have significant experience in the development, financing, construction and operation of electric power projects, oil and gas projects, petrochemical projects, mining projects, paper mills and other industrial projects.
Banking and Finance
Our Jeddah lawyers act as transaction counsel to various lenders and borrowers in connection with loan and syndicated loan facilities and other financing transactions. We also advise various export credit agencies on a transactional basis.
We act as counsel to numerous Saudi Arabian, US, UK and other international financial institutions in connection with financial products and services.
Our Jeddah lawyers have long been involved in the structuring, development, documentation and negotiation of Islamic finance transactions and the use of Islamic finance techniques in the provision of financial services products. We represent regional and international banks in structuring Shari'a-compliant finance and investment products.
Joint ventures are an attractive form of investment for many companies doing business in Saudi Arabia and the broader Middle East region because they offer investors an opportunity to share risks, access the necessary expertise, acquire local contacts and gain rights to supply goods and services. Our Jeddah lawyers have developed a leading position in structuring these arrangements on a domestic, regional and international basis.
We represent clients in matters before all of Saudi Arabia's courts and tribunals, including the Board of Grievances, both in administrative cases involving the Saudi Arabian government and in commercial cases between private sector clients, the Negotiable Instruments Offices, the Shari'a courts, the Primary and Supreme Labor Commissions and the Committee for the Settlement of Banking Disputes at the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency.
Our Jeddah lawyers resolve disputes by negotiation, mediation, adjudication and arbitration across Saudi Arabia and have served as arbitrator in several high-value domestic and international arbitrations before each of Saudi Arabia's courts.
Mergers and Acquisitions
Our Jeddah lawyers represent buyers, sellers, lenders, advisers and financial intermediaries on the entire spectrum of activities related to acquisitions and divestitures in Saudi Arabia or on behalf of clients based in Saudi Arabia.
Securities and Capital Markets
We routinely counsel issuers and purchasers of securities in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in the Middle East. As regional markets continue to develop, our Jeddah lawyers are well-positioned to assist clients in this area.