Allen & Overy considers future in Saudi as local firm deal ends

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  • This is an attempt at damage limitation by A&O. The rumour in the Saudi market is that the break up was far from friendly and involved the intervention of SAGIA. It is expected that Zeyad Khoshaim will be the “Saudi partner” for A&O going forward.

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  • No surprise. From what I hear, A&O's sponsor (like most Saudi sponsors) is as mad as a hatter.

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  • I hear it is proposed that there be an orderly transition to a new arrangement with Khoshaim as the new Saudi sponsor.

    It is hardly in the category of the White & Case episode a couple of years ago.

    Saudi Arabia is a moveable feast in any regard so it is hardly worth getting excited about.

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  • Saudi sponsors are a total nightmare. Much better to grab some random lawyer working above a kebab shop on Olaya Street and pay him to disappear and let you get on with it, than to engage some of the more delusional types that tout themselves about.

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  • The two firms are mutually fantastic. A shame. This was 'the association' for the Kingdom. Expert local lawyers alongside experienced international partners

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  • So they will be forced to co-habit for another year. A&O's plans have to be put hold for the time being.

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  • Khoshaim was the future of the practice of law in KSA - his time has now come.

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