A&O boosts Riyadh with hire from Saudi associate firm

Allen & Overy (A&O) has hired a partner from its Saudi associate firm for its office in Riyadh.

Zeyad Khoshaim, a bilingual US and Saudi-qualified lawyer at Abdulaziz Al Gasim Law Firm, will become the firm’s first native Saudi Arabian partner.

A&O’s Riyadh corporate partner Johannes Bruski said: “Both our domestic clients in Saudi Arabia and our international clients increasingly and quite rightly expect to work with first-class Saudi Arabian lawyers. Zeyad’s a versatile lawyer with a unique combination of Saudi law expertise, western transactional experience and client relationship skills.”

A&O has worked in Saudi for several decades and has had a relationship with Al Gasim for two years. Clients have included HSBC and Saudi Aramco.

Abdulaziz Al Gasim said: “The international platform Allen & Overy offers plays to Zeyad’s strengths and we’re looking forward to continuing to work with him as we take the association between our two firms to the next level and continuously develop our service offerings for our local and international clients in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”