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Herbert Smith Freehills has been granted a foreign law firm licence by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and will be establishing an office in Riyadh.

We have been operating in the region for 45 years, advising international and local clients on their important transactions throughout the Middle East.

Stuart Paterson, the firm's managing partner in the Middle East said: "This region is strategically important to our clients and the firm, so we are very pleased indeed to be one of the first firms to receive a foreign law firm licence in the Kingdom.  This enables us to better serve our clients in the region and globally.

"We also look forward to working with Joza Al-Rasheed, who will be the managing partner of our Riyadh office."

Joza Al-Rasheed said: "I am humbled and delighted that Herbert Smith Freehills is one of the first international law firms in the Kingdom to be awarded this licence."

She added: "I look forward to delivering the top quality legal services that our existing and future clients demand."

Key contacts

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Stuart Paterson

Managing Partner, Middle East and Head of Middle East Dispute Resolution, Dubai

Stuart Paterson
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Joza AlRasheed

Managing Partner, Riyadh

Joza AlRasheed

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Lydia Lam

Head of Communications, UK, US & EMEA


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