Trowers takes over White & Case Saudi link

Trowers & Hamlins has teamed up with the former Saudi Arabian associate firm of White & Case.

Trowers is linking up with the Law Office of Hassan Mahassni following the end of White & Case’s 16-year association with the firm. The link-up expands on a sizeable Middle East presence for the City firm, which already has offices in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Cairo, Dubai and Oman.

Dubai-based partner Leroy Levy said Trowers’ Saudi Arabian work had grown dramatically in quality and quantity and that the association would allow further expansion.

Recent deals the firm has carried out in the area include acting for telecoms company Mobily in its bid for a share of Saudi Arabia’s second Global System for Mobile Communications licence, which is worth $3.5bn (£1.92bn). Trowers also acted for the Arabian Industrial Development Company on the financing of a new petrochemical facility.

White & Case is instead joining up with Hassan Mahassni breakaway Mohammed Al-Sheikh. The new association began last Thursday (1 July). Following a period at the World Bank, Al-Sheikh worked as an associate at White & Case in Washington DC before returning to Saudi Arabia in 2003.