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What is Al-Maarifa?

"Al-Maarifa" is the Arabic term for "The Knowledge" and it is also the name of our microsite that is exclusively dedicated to our Saudi Arabian practice. Al-Maarifa is a way for us to share our market-leading legal knowledge of the Kingdom with our clients in a unique and innovative way that demonstrates our commitment to always putting our clients first.

Who are we?

With a greater footprint in the Kingdom than any other international law firm, we are uniquely aligned with our domestic clients and our foreign clients looking to do business in the Kingdom. The combination of our history of advising both domestic and foreign clients on their largest and most significant deals in the region for over 40 years and our on-the-ground presence in Riyadh, Jeddah and Al-Khobar through our association with Dr. Sultan Almasoud & Partners, provides our clients with access to an integrated team that has an intimate understanding of both the cultural and legal landscape of the Kingdom.

We have extensive experience across a broad range of practice areas, including project development and finance, mergers & acquisitions, foreign and domestic joint ventures, privatizations, private equity and Saudi corporate advisory, capital markets, dispute resolution and litigation in Saudi courts.
Dr. Sultan AlmasoudDr. Sultan Almasoud, Partner
Disputes

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Sanjarbek AbdukhalilovSanjarbek Abdukhalilov, Partner
Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets

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Rodney CannonRodney Cannon, Partner
Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets

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Marwan ElarabyMarwan Elaraby, Partner
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Iain ElderIain Elder, Partner
Project Development & Finance

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Matthew PowellMatthew Powell, Partner
Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets

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Brendan HundtBrendan Hundt, Counsel
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