Baker & McKenzie did it first in 1981. Since then a further 21 international firms have set up shop in Saudi Arabia, the most recent being King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin, which announced plans to open there in December.
Clifford Chance broke the mould when it set up a professional partnership with its longstanding Saudi association firm, Al-Jadaan. That move essentially allowed it to establish its own legal framework in Saudi, taking a 75 per cent ownership of the business.
Today, The Lawyer examines this complex yet lucrative market, looking back at key developments and looking forward at where opportunities lie for future growth.
What does it take to be a success in Saudi? You will find all you need to know in The Lawyer today.
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