Norton Rose teams with Abdulaziz Al-Assaf in Saudi

Norton Rose, the global law firm, has opened an office in Saudi Arabia in association with Middle Eastern law firm Abdulaziz Al-Assaf combining Norton Rose’s regional corporate experience with its rival’s political exposure in the region.

Global law firm Norton Rose has formed an association with Abdulaziz Al-Assaf, a law firm in Saudi Arabia, according to a statement.

This office is designed to bolster Norton Rose’s Middle East presence and will operate alongside the firm’s offices in Bahrain and Dubai which have been open since 1979 and 2003 respectively.

Norton Rose Group and Abdulaziz Al-Assaf have previously worked together advising clients in the region. Norton Rose has already advised various companies in Saudi Arabia including banks HSBC/Saudi British Bank, BNP Paribas and domestic oil company Aramco all within the last 12 months.

Abdulaziz Al¬Assaf’s office in Riyadh has recently advised the Ministry of Water & Electricity on all regulatory matters involving the country’s water law as well as corporate advice including the initial public offerings of several insurance companies.

Kaamil Ansar, a project finance and corporate finance specialist, will be Norton Rose’s first member of the office. He recently joined Norton Rose from Middle East law firm Ansar Abbasi where he was a partner.