Zayd Alathari

Zayd Alathari is our exclusively recommended Intellectual Property Law expert in Saudi Arabia on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Zayd directly using the contact details listed above.

Zayd is a highly-experienced intellectual property lawyer based in Norton Rose Fulbright’s Riyadh office. He focuses on all aspects of intellectual property law, including:

  • managing and advising on patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright portfolios and matters,
  • drafting and prosecuting patent applications,
  • handling, drafting and negotiating a wide variety of IP and technology transactions and deals,
  • advising on IP commercialisation and dispute resolution,
  • conducting due diligence and freedom to practice, and risk mitigation,
  • advising on data protection, digitalisation, IT and organisational transformation efforts
  • establishing, reviewing and enhancing policies and procedures, and
  • other IP counseling.

Before joining the Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm in association with Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, Alathari worked at Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), where he led the company’s IP initiatives as its Senior Manager & IP Counsel in the Middle East and Africa. In eight years at SABIC, Alathari led a team that supported SABIC’s Middle East and Africa manufacturing teams and the company’s global technology & innovation teams for the chemical, agri-nutrients and metal business in the US, Europe, Middle East, China and India.

At SABIC, he helped develop and implement SABIC’s global IP strategies and policies, and he provided legal and IP advice and contract support to protect and enhance the value of the company’s technology. Additionally, Alathari and his team drafted and negotiated a wide range of technology agreements; prepared and prosecuted patent applications; managed and maintained patent portfolios; conducted due diligence; and handled freedom to operate (FTO) opinions.

Before his in-house career in Saudi Arabia, Alathari practiced at a major US law firm in Washington, DC. As an associate and registered patent attorney, he advised US-based and international clients on IP litigation, transaction and patent prosecution matters.

Abdul Rahman Hamad Al Twaem

Abdul Rahman Al Twaem is our exclusively recommended Full Service Law expert in Saudi Arabia on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Abdul Rahman directly using the contact details listed above.

Full Service lawyers are an elite group in legal practice. If you work in this area of law, no doors will be closed to you.

The practice of full service law involves general corporate matters, such as the incorporation of companies, directors’ and shareholders’ rights, articles of association, board meetings, secretarial matters and the public listing or delisting of companies.

No two corporate transactions or deals are the same. The differences can depend upon several factors, such as the type of industry, whether it involves single or multimarket businesses, and the size of the companies involved.

Clients in this area range from multinational corporations, investment banks and privately-held companies, to small and medium scale businesses, regulatory bodies and governments.

Dr. Najem Alzaid

Najem Alzaid has vast experience advising both private and public entities on capital markets, corporate law, regulations, legislation, and public policy.

Najem sits on the board of the National Centre for Privatization & PPP (representing the private sector) and the Saudi Electricity Company (representing the Public Investment Fund). He is also a member of the Tadawul regulatory policies and oversight committee.

Prior to joining Z.S&R, Najem served as a commissioner and board member of the Saudi Capital Market Authority (CMA) for two and a half years following his appointment by a Royal Order.

As commissioner of the Capital Markets Authority, Najem chaired a number of committees including the steering committee for the Application of the New Companies Law; Chairmen (or equivalent) of Securities Authorities in the Gulf Cooperation Council Committee (2016); working group for the development of the Committee for the Resolution of Securities Disputes; and Working Group for the Classification of the Capital Market Law and its Implementing Regulations Violations.

Firm Overview:

Building a prosperous and sustainable economic future is a global priority. From increasing foreign direct investment to re-focusing international interests, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 is an aspirational strategic plan to ensure the continued development of the country and the international community.

Working together with our associated office in Riyadh, ZS&R Law Firm, we are investing in the long-term through providing a robust and cohesive legal service to match the objectives of the Kingdom and our clients.

Providing you with a balanced team of national and international, multilingual lawyers, we are proud to be from diverse cultures and backgrounds. We have the right knowledge and experience to understand your commercial drivers. We will navigate Saudi laws and regulations, drive your cross-border transactions and cement strong foundations for growth.

Majed M Garoub

Majed Garoub is the founder/Chairman of The Law Firm of Majed M. Garoub and the Saudi Law Training Centre. He is a member of many international and local legal entities such as the American Bar Associa- tion (ABA) the International Bar Association (IBA) and the Anti-Commercial Fraud Committee (ACFC). He is also the Consular to the president of the International Union of lawyers (UIA). Majed Garoub, is a member of the Scientific Committee of Reconciliation and Arbitration at the Arab-French Chamber of Commerce and the deputy president of the Arab chamber of arbitration and reconciliation.

Consular to the president of the International Union of Lawyers, (UIA)

Member of the Arab Arbitration Group at the ICC, and President of the Law Firm of Majed M. Garoub – Jeddah and Riyadh.

Majed Garoub is the Consular to the president of the International Union of lawyers; and a member at the Arab Arbitration Group initiated by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

He is the president of the Law Firm of Majed M. Garoub (LFMG) in both Jeddah and Riyadh, and he is the Head of the Saudi Law Training Center (SLTC). Mr. Garoub is a member in many international and local legal entities such as the American Bar Association a (ABA) and the International Bar Association (IBA) and the Anti Commercial Fraud Committee (ACFC).

Mr. Garoub is contributing to spreading the knowledge of law and legal rights awareness in the communi- ty through conducting several courses, seminars and conferences to support the spread of legal culture on a national and international level; and for his continuous global efforts he has been awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merite in 2015 by the French government.

Majed Garoub, lawyer, is a member of the Scientific Committee of Reconciliation and Arbitration at the Arab-French Chamber of Commerce, and the deputy president of the Arab chamber of arbitration and reconciliation. Therefore, he was appointed as arbitrator and representative of several governmental agencies and international commercial companies. Thereupon, he was known as “The Youngest Arab Arbitrator, specialized in International Commercial Arbitration”. For all the aforementioned expertise in arbitration he has been selected to join the Arbitration Consulting Committee at the Saudi Ministry of Justice.

He is fluent in both Arabic and English.

Firm Overview:

Since its establishment in 1995 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The Law Firm of Majed Garoub has handled and processed more than one thousand lawsuits with an accumulative value exceeding thirty billion Saudi Riyals. We employ a team of dedicated practitioners who offer superior knowledge and understanding of local laws. Our team members have rights of audience before the local courts on a wide variety of levels, including specialized judicial bodies and committees.

We understand that legal systems are often slow and complex with too much emphasis on local law and micro detail. That is why we connect the dots between people and ideas in new and innovative ways to help individuals, organizations and businesses quickly navigate the law and discover smart solutions to their local and international legal challenges.

We work with a wide network of international partners (law firms, consultancy firms, and legal organizations) allowing us to provide comprehensive globalized integrated services. In addition to our strong domestic capabilities, we are allied with partner firms which provide us ( and our clients ) with multi disciplinary, international expertise and enable us to customize our services to our clients’ interests both domestically and internationally.

Our experience reaches beyond Saudi Arabia and extends across the entirety of the Middle East. Our top priority is serving our clients with the best possible solutions and detailed legal advice to meet any challenge.

Suhaib Hammad

Suhaib Hammad is our exclusively recommended Business Law expert in Saudi Arabia on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Suhaib directly using the contact details above.

Suhaib joined Hammad, Al-Mehdar & Co in 2011. He earned his LLB from the International Islamic University in Malaysia in 2008. After working for nearly a year in the interim, he then obtained an LLM from the University of Miami in 2010 specialising in International Business Law. Suhaib has a vast array of international legal experience and has received extensive legal experience in the United States, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. He is fluent in Arabic and English, and speaks basic Bahasa Melayu as well.

General Experience:

  • Advised several start-up clients on legal rights and restrictions with regard to entrepreneurial strategy in Saudi Arabia and the G.C.C.
  • Assisted litigators in several real-estate cases.
  • Helped establish branches and companies of numerous foreign clients from Australia, Canada, Pakistan, Switzerland, China and the UA.E.
  • Drafted, reviewed and translated contracts, corporate documentation, due diligence reports, memoranda and legal opinions.
  • Provided Saudi investment law advice to several clients from the U.S., Kuwait, Lebanon and the U.K.
  • Drafted supply agreements, sale and purchase agreements with regard to logistical and real estate transactions in English and Arabic languages.
  • Advised several international clients on issues regarding Saudi commercial law with regard to litigation strategy.

Antoine Cousin

Antoine Cousin is a partner in the Riyadh office, specialising in Energy and Infrastructure Projects, PPPs, Construction, Competitive Tenders and Joint Ventures.

Antoine has extensive experience of the following sectors, on behalf of both private sponsors and governments: Power Generation (conventional and nuclear), Water (production, desalination, distribution, wastewater treatment) and Transportation (airports, rail, ports, roads). He has also advised on projects in the fields of Urban Services and Social Infrastructure (healthcare, waste management, district heating) and Real Estate (urban development, land reclamation, hotel management).

Prior to joining White & Case, Antoine spent five years in the United States where he was an associate with an American firm, and then he practised for six years with a leading European firm in Paris and in Riyadh. He is admitted to the New York and Paris Bars.