Hatem Abbas Ghazzawi & Co

Saudi Arabia


Practice area

IFLR1000 Reviews

Financial and corporate

Hatem Abbas Ghazzawi & Co is one of the leading independent local firms in the market for transactional work, particularly debt capital markets and project finance and development work. 

In banking and project finance, the firm acted for ACWA Power in the development and financing of a photovoltaic power plant project. It also acted as local counsel to the Dow and Sadara Chemical Company in a joint venture with Saudi Aramco for the development and financing of a petrochemicals complex. 

In debt capital markets work the firm advised National Commercial Bank (NBK) as local counsel on an early redemption of its Tier 2 sukuk. 

In M&A the firm has advised and carried out the transfer of shares in a power company, advised on mergers, and was local counsel in the formation of joint ventures.  

M&A counsel Naryman Al-Kassimi left the firm during the research period and was replaced by Abdulaziz Alsulmy. 

Recent deal data highlights 

•Al Dur IWPP (phase 2) 

•Dammam West independent sewage treatment plant 

•Rabigh-3 IWP 

•Sakaka IPP 300MW photovoltaic solar power plant  

Client feedback 

“Due to their long running continuity in the Saudi legal market and their Saudi lawyers, their greatest asset is their in-depth knowledge of Saudi/Islamic law, legislation, and the practices and procedures of the various Saudi governmental authorities. Another significant asset at their disposal is their team's ability to work effectively in both English and Arabic. They are one of the few Saudi firms that have substance as they actually have people on the ground.” – M&A 

“Hatem Abbas Ghazzawi & Co is an excellent provider of legal services in the KSA: they are prompt, accurate and reliable.” – Project finance 

Ali Abedi 

“He is one of the leading experts on banking and finance in Saudi Arabia. He understands the drivers of the business and gives creative and practical advice for achieving our goals in compliance with the Kingdom's laws and regulations.” 

“Ali Abedi is prompt, accurate and reliable. He is the preferred go-to lawyer for all finance and infrastructure work.”