K&A Partner Leen Zaza named as Saudi Arabia’s Woman Leader by IFLR1000

 

K&A is delighted to announce that Partner Leen Zaza has been named as a Woman Leader by IFLR 1000. Ms. Zaza is the only lawyer to be ranked on this prestigious list for Saudi Arabia.

The IFLR 1000 Women Leaders recognizes “the most prominent female lawyers” in the world who are described as having “outstanding reputations within their markets” and “expertise and experience of working on complex deals”, and who have “risen to hold leadership roles within their firms of their practices”.

Ms. Zaza’s practice includes leading on Private M&A and JV corporate transactions, most recently advising NADEC on its successful bid to acquire the Second Milling Company that was offered for privatization by the Saudi Grains Organization.


K&A Advises Winning Bidder in SAGO Privatization Transaction

K&A advised the National Agricultural Development Company (“NADEC”) in relation to its successful joint bid to acquire the Second Milling Company that was offered for privatization by the Saudi Grains Organization (“SAGO”). This transaction is part of one of the largest targeted sectors for privatization under the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

As part of its role, K&A advised NADEC on the definitive agreements regarding the ownership, management, commercial business and operation of the Second Milling Company.

This transaction showcases K&A’s role as the premier PPP adviser for both government-side and investor-side roles, and its leading role for complex M&A transactions.

This transaction comes at the same time that K&A is named as the Saudi Arabian Corporate Law Firm of the Year by Chambers Middle East Awards 2021 as announced here.


K&A Successfully Brings Largest Bank Merger in KSA History to Legal Completion

K&A, having advised Samba Financial Group on its merger with the National Commercial Bank (NCB), is pleased to announce the legal completion of the merger. Saudi National Bank (SNB), as the surviving entity has now been renamed, is now the largest bank in Saudi Arabia.

K&A’s role on the transaction involved structuring, negotiating, and drafting all transaction documents and public circulars on behalf of Samba. K&A also represented Samba when dealings with regulators, including the CMA, GAC, SAMA, and MOC. All of K&A’s tier 1 practices worked on this historic transaction, including the M&A, competition, capital markets, banking, and disputes teams.

This deal continues K&A strong track record in successful M&A deals in Saudi Arabia, after having had roles in Saudi Aramco’s acquisition of 70% stake in SABIC, SIPCHEM’s share swap with Sahara, and the SABB/Alwwal merger.

The closing of this deal also coincides with K&A being named the Saudi Arabian Law Firm of the year by Thomson Reuters, and National Law Firm for Saudi Arabia by the IFLR.

K&A named Saudi Arabian Law Firm of the Year by Thomson Reuters Middle East Law Awards

K&A Named Saudi Arabian Law Firm of the Year


K&A named Saudi Arabian Law Firm of the Year by Thomson Reuters Middle East Law Awards

K&A is honored to announce that it was named Saudi Arabian Law Firm of the Year by Thomson Reuters’s Middle East Law Awards.

Thomson Reuters also awarded K&A “Equity Market Deal of the Year” for its work on Saudi Aramco’s IPO.

Managing Partner, Zeyad Khoshaim, commented: “K&A is delighted to have been recognized by a prestigious body such as Thomson Reuters.  I would like to sincerely thank K&A’s amazing team for getting us this far! This recognition validates our strategy of having on-the-ground execution capabilities in an independent law firm. K&A’s focus on growing its practices – Corporate/M&A, Capital Markets, Finance and Projects, Dispute Resolution, and Regulatory – is paying off.”

This award also follows K&A having received IFLR’s prestigious Saudi Arabian Law Firm of the Year award in 2020.

K&A Named Saudi Arabian Law Firm of the Year


K&A Ranked Tier 1 in 2021 Chambers & Partners Global

K&A became the only independent Saudi Arabian law firm to be ranked in core Saudi Arabian practice areas for the Chambers & Partners Global 2021 rankings.

K&A maintained its Tier 1 rankings in Banking and Finance, Capital Markets and Commercial & Corporate. K&A has also received tribute from clients with one client saying that “Khoshaim & Associates is, in my view, the best Saudi-based firm for complex local matters.”

K&A also has the honor of having its lawyers being ranked, with Managing Partner, Zeyad Khoshaim, ranked in three practice areas: Commercial/Corporate, Capital Markets and Dispute Resolution, with a client commenting “He’s an excellent lawyer and he’s one of the best if not the best lawyer in the Saudi market”.

Other K&A lawyers ranked include the “solution-oriented” Karim Wali, ranked in Banking & Finance, the “brilliant” Leen Zaza, named for Corporate/Commercial, and the “Sharia-knowledgeable” Nasser Alrubayyi, named for Dispute Resolution, with clients commenting on the K&A team that they are “among the top players in the market.”

Congratulations to the K&A Team and hope we get to celebrate these accolades together soon.


K&A joins Qimam Fellowship

K&A is pleased to announce its work with Qimam Fellowship. Qimam is coalition of over thirty leading national and international companies and 300+ senior leaders from the public and private sector that aims to identify, develop, and empower the most promising and distinguished university students in and from Saudi Arabia to achieve their full potential.

This relationship reaffirms K&A’s commitment to elevating the practice of law in Saudi Arabia and equip our future lawyers with the mentorship and guidance needed to make an impact and contribute to our society.  For more information see: https://www.qimam.com/en/

K&A’s own Graduate Student Program recently brought in a number of high caliber law and humanities graduates, and continued to expand the team with a number of hires and promotions. For more information, see: https://www.khoshaim.com/careers/


K&A Advises on Accelerated Bookbuild Transaction on Tadawul

K&A has successfully advised NatWest Markets plc (NWM) and Banco Santander S.A. (Santander) in connection with their USD682.58 million disposal of Tadawul-listed shares in the Saudi British Bank (SABB) by way of an accelerated bookbuild, representing 5.6% of SABB issued share capital.

This transaction is the second of two recent and accelerated bookbuilds pursuant to which NWM and Santander have now sold down their entire shareholding in SABB. K&A advised on the first accelerated bookbuild of approximately 1.5% of SABB’s issued share capital owned by NWM and Santander.

Goldman Sachs International (GSI) and Citigroup Global Markets Limited (Citi) acted as joint bookrunners and their Saudi Arabian entities acted as executing brokers.

The K&A team was led by Managing Partner Zeyad Khoshaim, Counsel Amro Bakhaidar, Associates Mohammad AlMania, Associate Ghaida Meaigel and Trainee Associate Yazeed Alsayari.

This transaction comes on the heels of K&A having been named Saudi Arabian Law Firm of the Year by IFLR Middle East Awards, winning Equity Deal of the Year, and Domestic Deal of Year.


K&A Advises on Landmark Vision 2030 Industrial Project

K&A successfully advised Saudi Aramco on its 50/50 joint venture with energy technology firm Baker Hughes to establish an industrial project that will develop a broad range of non-metallic products for multiple applications in the energy sector. The newly formed joint venture will be named Novel.

Novel’s new plant will be constructed at King Salman Energy Park (SPARK) in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom. The JV aligns with Saudi Arabia’s efforts to expand its commercial ecosystem and promote domestic investment, in alignment with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030.

The K&A team was led by Managing Partner Zeyad Khoshaim, Corporate Partner Leen Zaza, Projects & Finance Counsel Hamdan van den Brule, and supported by associates Ghadah AlOtaibi, Dana AlDhuwaihi, Omar AlHarbi, and Hawa Aba-AlKhail.

This transaction comes on the heels of K&A having been named Saudi Arabian Law Firm of the Year by IFLR Middle East Awards, winning Equity Deal of the Year, and Domestic Deal of Year.


K&A Advises on Groundbreaking PPP Project

K&A successfully advised Tatweer Buildings Company (TBC), a company owned by the PIF, on the structuring, negotiation, and execution of the relevant project documents, including the Project Agreement, of Wave 1 of the Schools Infrastructure Development Public Private Partnership Program. The project is designed to expand the existing education facilities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and respond to the increasing demand for education services and is a crucial part of the wider initiative to achieve the Vision 2030 of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Wave 1 of the Program involves the design, build, financing and maintenance of 60 schools and associated facilities in the cities of Jeddah and Makkah.

Other government stakeholders involved in this project include Ministry of Finance (MOF) of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and National Centre for Privatization (NCP).

The team working on this project was led by Managing Partner Zeyad Khoshaim, Projects & Finance Partner Karim Wali, Projects & Finance Counsel Hamdan van den Brule, associate Ghadah AlOtaibi, and associate Omar Alqazlan, and worked with colleagues at HSBC, Allen & Overy, and AECOM.

This transaction recognizes K&A’s on-the-ground PPP expertise and its deep bench. It comes on the heels of K&A having been named Saudi Arabian Law Firm of the Year by IFLR Middle East Awards, winning Equity Deal of the Year, and Domestic Deal of Year.


K&A Named Saudi Arabian Law Firm of the Year

K&A is honored to have received IFLR’s prestigious Saudi Arabian Law Firm of the Year award.

This recognition validates K&A’s strategy of having on-the-ground execution capabilities in an independent KSA law firm. All of K&A’s tier 1 practices – Corporate/M&A, Capital Markets, Finance and Projects, Dispute Resolution, and Regulatory & Public Policy – have contributed to this success.

Managing Partner, Zeyad Khoshaim, commented: “To the K&A legal and support teams: you are the heart of K&A and this award goes to you! Thank you to every member of the team, past and present, who helped us get here. The way we work, the noble goal we have to elevate the practice of law, and our dedication to excellence is unique to us. These are the reasons that I am proud to call myself a member of this team.”

K&A also won Domestic Deal of the Year for their role on the Saudi Aramco / SABIC acquisition, and Equity Deal of the Year for their role on the Saudi Aramco IPO.

Congratulations to K&A!


K&A Advises on Largest Bank Merger in KSA History

K&A advised Samba Financial Group on the signing of its merger agreement with National Commercial Bank. The merger aims to create a regional powerhouse with SAR 837 billion (U.S.$ 223 billion) in assets, uniquely positioned to accelerate the transformation of Saudi Arabia’s banking landscape and deliver progress towards Vision 2030.

This landmark transaction cements K&A’s role as the leading KSA firm for complex M&A transactions. K&A has worked on every premier public or private M&A deal, on sell and buy-side, whether on a competitive or bilateral basis. From the Sipchem/Sahara share swap, to the SABB/AlAwwal merger, to the Saudi Aramco/SABIC acquisition, K&A has been at the forefront of complex M&A work in KSA.

Our role for Samba utilized all of our tier 1 practice areas, including M&A, capital markets, corporate, competition, finance, and dispute resolution.

This transaction comes at the same time as K&A dominated the IFLR award nominations as announced here.

Managing Partner, Zeyad Khoshaim, commented, “I am very proud of our team for having structured, negotiated, and documented this complex deal in an efficient manner and expedited timeline. It validates our strategy of having on-the-ground execution capabilities to execute deals of this complexity”.

Many thanks goes out to Counsel Amro Bakhaidar, associates Mohammad Almania, Ghaida Meaigel, and trainee associate Yazeed Alsayari for their lead role on the transaction, and to Partners Karim Wali and Leen Zaza for their assistance.

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K&A Advises on the Kingdom’s first Green Sukuk

K&A is pleased to have acted as issuer’s counsel to Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) on its debut green sukuk. The USD 1.3 billion sukuk generated significant investor interest and received orders of more than $5 billion.

This is K&A’s fourth sukuk issuance this year after having worked on SABB’s USD 5 billion international and SAR 5 billion local Sukuk program as counsel to the Dealers and Riyad Bank’s USD 3 billion international Sukuk program earlier this year as issuer’s counsel, which cements K&A as a debt capital markets leader in the Kingdom.

This announcement comes on the back of K&A dominating the IFLR award nominations last week.

Congratulations to SEC and the team.

SEC Announcement


K&A Advises on Accelerated Bookbuild Sale in SABB

K&A advised NatWest Markets plc and Banco Santander S.A. in connection with their USD200 million disposal of shares in Saudi British Bank by way of an accelerated bookbuild.

This transaction comes on the back of K&A advising on the AlAwwal/SABB merger last year on the behalf of the major shareholders in AlAwwal, and the second ABB transaction K&A is involved with after Savola’s.

The transaction involved K&A’s tier 1 capital markets and corporate practices.


K&A Dominates IFLR Award Nominations

K&A is honored to announce that it has been nominated for five awards as part of the prestigious IFLR Middle East Awards.

K&A received the nod for National Law Firm of the Year and Equity Team of the Year, in addition to its role on the following mega deals:

  1. The Saudi Aramco / SABIC M&A transaction
  2. The Saudi Aramco IPO
  3. The Riyad Bank Tier 2 issuance

Managing Partner, Zeyad Khoshaim, commented: “We are delighted to have been nominated for National Law Firm of the Year. We appreciate IFRL’s recognition of our practice and team. The number and categories of our nominations reflects the depth and breadth of our practice areas. I am proud to be working amongst the best team of lawyers in KSA.”

These nominations come following K&A recently receiving the prestigious status of becoming the only Saudi Arabian law firm to have been ranked as band 1 by leading law firms ranking journal “Legal 500” in Capital Markets, Banking and Finance, Commercial, Corporate and M&A, and Dispute Resolution.

 

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Khoshaim & Associates Advises on Complex Acquisition Involving a Share Swap Structure for Treasury Shares in a Listed Company

K&A advised Kingdom Investment and Development Company (KIDC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), in relation to a sale and purchase of shares equal to 54.56% of Care Shield Holding Company (CSHC) (by way of a share swap and cash consideration).

KIDC signed a Share Swap Agreement with Dallah Healthcare Company (DHC), a listed company, pursuant to which DHC has agreed to acquire a majority interest in CSHC from KIDC in consideration for (i) DHC treasury shares, and (ii) a cash consideration amount.

The structuring of this novel and complex transaction is a testament to K&A’s position of advising on leading M&A transactions in Saudi Arabia and comes on the heels of K&A being named M&A Law Firm of the year by IFN and dominating the Legal 500 rankings. It also represents another important milestone in K&A’s significant record in the healthcare sector.


K&A Establishes COVID-19 Pandemic Legal Response Team

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those impacted by the current severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic (“COVID-19 Pandemic”).

 

This is to let you know that K&A has setup its systems and personnel to continue to serve its clients during these times. K&A’s systems allow our team access to each other and our clients in an efficient, secure, and safe manner. We do not anticipate a disruption in our service delivery.

 

In these times, we have focused on what we can speak on, and have therefore setup a COVID-19 Pandemic Legal Response Team that can provide insight on the potential impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on various issues under Saudi Arabian law.

 

We will publish our views on such matters as events unfold. Our team is monitoring the situation and keeping a critical eye on any legal and regulatory developments that may have an impact on any of our clients and their businesses.

 

For more information on such matters, please send emails to our COVID-19 Pandemic Legal Response Team at Covid19@khoshaim.com.

 

We wish you, your families, and loved ones continued good health and safety.

 

Until we meet again, take care.

 

K&A Team


K&A Expands its Partnership

K&A announces the promotion of two of its highly respected lawyers, Leen Zaza and Nasser Alrubayyi, to join the K&A partnership.

Ms. Zaza is a New York qualified lawyer, who is an expert on M&A and corporate transactions, shareholder relationships, private equity, and foreign direct investment. She led on high profile M&A transactions in Saudi Arabia, including acting for SABIC on Saudi Aramco’s acquisition of its shares and the shareholder arrangements to setup the King Salman Global Maritime Industries Complex, and has been building K&A’s corporate practice for the past eight years. Ms. Zaza is ranked as a Highly Regarded Individual by IFLR1000 for M&A and as a Next Generation Lawyer by Legal 500 for Commercial, Corporate and M&A.

Mr. Alrubayyi is a Saudi Arabian litigator, and a Sharia and arbitration expert. His work spans acting for listed companies looking to defend themselves from shareholder lawsuits, to acting on construction arbitration disputes, to enforcing foreign judgments and awards in Saudi Arabia. He recently argued in front of the Saudi Arabian Administrative Supreme Court, where he successfully defended one of our clients. He previously spent some time at JAMS in the United States and the International Court of Arbitration (ICC) in France before joining K&A, where he helped build K&A’s dispute resolution practice over the past seven years. Legal 500 2018 named Mr. Alrubayyi as the only Next Generation Lawyer named for Dispute Resolution in Saudi Arabia.

These promotions occur on the heels of K&A having achieved the prestigious status of becoming the only Saudi Arabian law firm to be ranked as band 1 in leading law firm ranking journal “Chambers Global” in all practices: Corporate/M&A, Financing, Dispute Resolution, and Capital Markets.

K&A Managing Partner, Zeyad Khoshaim, commented “The depth of Leen’s and Nasser’s expertise and knowledge of Saudi Arabian law is unparalleled. Their joining of K&A’s partnership is a testament to the strategy that K&A has followed to build practices around our best lawyers. Karim and I are proud to be calling them our partners. Congratulations to Leen, Nasser, and of course, to K&A!”


K&A Acts on the Three Billion Euro Bond Issuance from Saudi Arabia

K&A, along with its association firm A&O, advised the Ministry of Finance of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on its € 3 billion (equivalent to around SAR 12.6 billion) global bond issuance under its Global Medium-Term Notes Programme (GMTN). This is the first Euro issuance from Saudi Arabia, and it has received significant interest from investors worldwide, with the order book peaking at € 14.5 billion (equivalent to around SAR 16.9 billion).

The issuance consisted of two tranches of global notes: € 1,000,000,000 (equivalent to around SAR 4.2 billion) notes due 2027, and € 2,000,000,000 (equivalent to around SAR 8.4 billion) notes due 2039.

A joint team advising the issuer was led by the managing partner Zeyad Khoshaim of K&A and associate Ghadah Alotaibi. International aspects were handled by A&O and led by A&O partners Jamie Durham and Sachin Davé and associates Aditya Vikram and Khalid Alyafi.

This announcement comes at the same time of K&A’s practice being ranked Tier 1 in Capital Markets by IFLR1000, Legal 500, and Band 1 in Chambers & Partners for the year 2019.


Khoshaim & Associates Advises on the Largest M&A Transaction in Saudi Arabian History

K&A advised the Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) in relation to the acquisition by the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) of 70% of its shares from the Public Investment Fund (PIF), a landmark transaction worth USD 69.1 billion.

The transaction was structured as a private sale transaction under the Capital Market Authority’s Merger & Acquisitions Regulations, and required complex advisory work on a multitude of issues which included capital markets, corporate, competition, finance, and litigation.

The K&A team was led by managing partner, Zeyad Khoshaim, and supported by M&A Counsel Leen Zaza, associate Arwa AlFawzan, and Trainee Associate Ghaida Meaigel. The team also included advice from Projects & Finance partner, Karim Wali, Dispute Resolution Counsel Nasser AlRubayyi, associates Ghadah AlOtaibi and Hussain AlShammasi.

Zeyad Khoshaim commented “This landmark transaction cements our position as the go-to firm in Saudi Arabia for complex M&A work. I am truly proud of our team whose work shows that our strategy of building on-the-ground capabilities ensures the best possible service to our clients.”

This historic acquisition comes side-to-side with K&A acting for the Saudi International Petrochemical Company (Sipchem) in its business merger with Sahara Petrochemicals Company, another notable transaction in the public market in Saudi Arabia worth approximately USD 4 billion. 

K&A recently became the only Saudi Arabian law firm to be ranked as Band 1 in all practice areas ranked by Chambers Global, and as Tier 1 in all practice areas ranked by IFLR 1000.


IFLR 1000 Rankings (2019)

K&A was ranked Tier 1 in ALL practice areas for the IFLR 1000 2019 awards. IFLR 1000 is the guide to the world’s leading financial law firms and lawyers. We were specifically ranked Tier 1 in Banking, Capital Markets, M&A, Project Development and Project Finance.

We are extremely proud of the team for working so hard during the year on extraordinary projects and transactions that resulted in success and this amazing accomplishment.

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