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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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Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets
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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
Project Development & Finance

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  • Arbitration in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
    12/15/2016
    An important consideration for foreign companies investing in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia or contracting with Saudi companies or entities of the Government of the Kingdom is how they will resolve potential disputes with their Saudi counterparty. International arbitration is generally perceived by foreign companies to be preferable to relying on the courts in the Kingdom for resolving disputes. However, even if they are willing to agree to arbitration, Saudi counterparties are not always prepared to accept arbitration outside of the Kingdom. This article explains the law applicable to Saudi-based arbitration, as well as some recent developments at the Saudi Centre for Commercial Arbitration and sets out some practical considerations to bear in mind when drafting dispute resolution clauses that refer disputes to arbitration in the Kingdom.