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About Abbas

Abbas is an associate in our global corporate practice and is an English qualified lawyer, based in Riyadh. He regularly advises clients on the full spectrum of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions (private and public), strategic joint ventures, corporate finance, business reorganisations, restructuring, equity investments, capital issuance, and main stream corporate advisory.

Abbas has extensive experience in working across multiple jurisdictions with multi-disciplinary teams, regularly advising clients in a range of industry sectors, including the energy, construction and infrastructure, banking / financial institutions, aviation, commodities and mining sectors.  His experience encompasses advising a wide range of clients on strategic asset and share acquisition transactions, from conducting the required legal due diligence to drafting and negotiating the entire suite of transaction documentation. He routinely works closely with HFW network in advising clients in relation to complex project structuring and joint venture arrangements in Saudi Arabia.

Abbas has lived, studied, and worked in various countries, including Somalia, Kenya, Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, UK, and the UAE, and speaks four languages: English, Somali, Swahili, and Arabic. He is passionate about value creation and delivering high-quality legal services to clients, leveraging innovation and technology, and collaboration with diverse teams.

Recent work includes:

  • Advising a national gas company on the disposal of a 20% interest (US$140.1 million) to investors, including structuring the deal, carrying due diligence and reporting and preparing heads of terms and the sale documents.
  • Advising on the restructuring of seven (7) companies of a major Saudi construction and industrial group, into a holding company and the execution of a private placement for a value of SAR600 million (US$160 million).
  • Advising a provider of rail services and equipment on its role in a US$6.4 billion metro project in Saudi Arabia.
  • Advising an international contractor on procurement and joint-venture arrangement in respect of a major Saudi airport project.
  • Acting for a regional fund on its proposed USD $45 million capital investment in an African based mining company, including working with local lawyers on company and corporate governance matters.
  • Utilising various technologies including AI program in due diligence, transaction eBibling, contract review and document automation software to achieve business efficiency, meet clients’ legal needs and generate cost savings.