Latham & Watkins Granted Regional Headquarters License by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Investment

Latham & Watkins Granted Regional Headquarters License by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Investment

It’s the latest step in the development of the firm’s market-leading capabilities in the Middle East

Latham & Watkins has been granted a Regional Headquarters (RHQ) license by the Ministry of Investment of Saudi Arabia. It was also one of the first international law firms to be granted a Foreign Law license to practice in Saudi Arabia.

Latham & Watkins has been operating in the Middle East since 2008 and has two market-leading offices in Riyadh and Dubai.

Based in Riyadh, the RHQ will provide strategic direction and management support across the MENA region. It will be led by Salman Al-Sudairi, the managing partner of the region and Safaa Arthold, the director of administration of the region.

Commenting on the development, His Excellency Khalid Al-Falih, the Saudi Arabian Minister of Investment stated, “As Saudi Arabia continues to evolve as a vibrant global market, our dedication to expanding and diversifying the economy aligns with our strategic vision for sustainable growth and prosperity. The establishment of Latham & Watkins’ regional operations in Riyadh is a positive development, introducing their innovative approaches, legal expertise, and resources to our market.”

Rich Trobman, the chair, and managing partner of Latham & Watkins. added, “This is an exciting development for the growth of our practice in the region and represents a significant opportunity to further establish our market leadership in this vibrant and fast-growing economy. Saudi Arabia is a major hub for commerce, finance, and innovation, both within the Middle East and more widely, and the region represents an important pillar of our global growth strategy.”

Salman Al-Sudairi expressed, “We are delighted to receive our Regional Headquarters License, which marks another important milestone for our practice in this key market. Our regional headquarters in Riyadh will lead on setting of our strategic vision for Saudi Arabia and the rest of the MENA region. From tech to energy, finance to sports, there is tremendous growth opportunity in this dynamic market, and we’re well-positioned to support our clients’ success in the region and beyond.”

Latham & Watkins’ Riyadh and Dubai offices comprise local and internationally qualified attorneys with a history of practicing in the region and an extensive understanding of its legal framework and commercial landscape.

The firm has a successful track record in advising a range of clients. These include government and government-owned entities, innovative start-ups, flagship multinational corporations, private equity firms, investment funds, and financial institutions across a spectrum of complex inbound, outbound, and domestic corporate transactions and financing structures.

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