Middle East/Saudi Arabia

Saudi Aramco hires former Haleon legal chief as deputy GC

Bjarne Philip Tellmann joins the world’s largest oil producer, where he will oversee global compliance

Allen & Overy marks Saudi launch ahead of Shearman merger

Magic Circle firm secures third Middle East base as dozens of law firms eye business linked to Saudi wealth

Latham & Watkins launches MENA region headquarters in Saudi Arabia

Move follows new Saudi rule that multinationals must have regional headquarters there or risk losing lucrative government contracts

Simmons & Simmons announces Saudi Arabia debut

UK firm adds former DLA Piper partner and his team to open third Middle East office in Riyadh

Gibson Dunn opens in Riyadh with team from White & Case

US firm follows up Abu Dhabi launch earlier this year with Saudi Arabia move as it continues to grow rapidly in the Gulf

Mishcon de Reya plans Saudi Arabia launch

UK firm becomes latest law firm to look to Riyadh amid Kingdom’s growing economic importance

Kirkland & Ellis secures Latham, White & Case partners for Riyadh launch

Chicago giant chooses Saudi Arabia for Middle East headquarters citing Kingdom’s growing significance for clients

CMS secures Clyde & Co partner for Saudi Arabia debut

Mohammed Aldowish joins having led Clyde & Co’s Saudi disputes practice

Linklaters hires partner from Saudi firm for Riyadh office launch

Magic Circle UK firm secures third Middle East base and ends alliance as new licensing regime continues to shake up Saudi legal market

Greenberg Traurig debuts in Saudi Arabia with former Squire Patton Boggs ally

US firm announces affiliation with Khalid Al-Thebity Law Firm ahead of launching joint venture in the Kingdom

Saudi Arabia grants first foreign licences to trio of international firms

Clifford Chance, Herbert Smith Freehills and Latham & Watkins become first foreign law firms granted licences to practise in the Kingdom under new rules

Addleshaw Goddard signals Middle East ambitions as it adds partners from Bracewell and Latham & Watkins for Riyadh debut

UK firm’s fourth office in the region to launch with five partners and eight-strong team of lawyers and paralegals

IP firm Petošević merges with Middle Eastern service provider CWB Group

Two leading IP companies with roots in Eastern Europe and the Middle East combine to create

Meta associate GC among five partners joining DWF

New arrivals join corporate, dispute resolution and finance and restructuring teams in UK and Saudi Arabia

Dentons hires DWF’s former Middle East finance and banking head as a partner

Umera Ali will split her time between the firm’s Dubai and Riyadh offices

King & Spalding and Latham & Watkins advise on landmark $2bn Saudi restructuring

Duo called in to help one of Kingdom's largest builders; deal structure likely to set precedent as market opens up to investors

Quinn Emanuel signs up Saudi litigator to open Riyadh office

Nasser Alrubayyi joins US firm as a partner; sets up associated firm to operate as local ally

DWF signs deal to set up regional headquarters in Saudi Arabia and unveils new legal alliance

Listed firm one of 44 businesses set to base Middle East operations in Riyadh as part of Saudi investment drive