Addleshaw Goddard, a prominent international law firm, has recently announced the addition of another key partner to its upcoming office in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The new hire, Amar Meher (pictured), will lead the banking, finance, and restructuring practices in Saudi Arabia, completing the five-strong partner group launching the office.
Meher brings a wealth of experience to the team, having previously worked for several leading international law firms, including Latham & Watkins, Allen & Overy, and Vinson & Elkins. He has a broad practice that focuses on debt restructurings, conventional and Islamic finance, and Shari’ah-compliant structured products, among others. Meher has been involved in some of the most complex and significant restructurings in the Kingdom and has acted on numerous milestone conventional and Islamic facilities for various high-profile clients.
Commenting on Amar’s appointment, Andrew Johnston, Head of Middle East and Asia, Addleshaw Goddard, said:
“The market reaction to our planned launch in KSA has been very encouraging and we are delighted that another highly well-known and respected lawyer in the local market has chosen to join Homam and Ibrahim to spearhead AG’s new office in Riyadh. Amar is an excellent fit for our business and a stand-out lawyer in his specialist field who shares our ambition to make a real impact for our clients in sectors closely aligned with Saudi Vision 2030.
Addleshaw Goddard’s new office in Riyadh will be the firm’s fourth in the MENA region and 17th overall, and will be led by Andrew Johnston, the Head of Middle East and Asia. The office will include three additional high-profile partners, namely Ibrahim Siddiki, Homam Khoshaim, and Alex Sarac. The team will offer expertise in corporate, banking and finance, and infrastructure assignments, and will have broad sector expertise in energy, oil and gas, renewables, infrastructure, transport, technology, hospitality, manufacturing, and consumer goods.
AG’s presence in KSA is still subject to regulatory clearance, but the firm is optimistic about the opportunities it will bring. On launch day, the office will comprise eight lawyers and paralegals, with plans to expand further in the future. AG’s aspiration in KSA is to provide clients with a full-service capability in order to support a wide range of inbound and outbound assignments, aligning closely with KSA Vision 2030.
Amar Meher, Partner, Addleshaw Goddard, said:
“I am delighted to join Addleshaw Goddard as a partner in its Riyadh office. Addleshaw Goddard is a leading international law firm which has established itself as a pre-eminent law firm in the region over the past 10 years. Together with our outstanding team both internationally and regionally, I look forward to the opportunity to establish a leading law firm in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia particularly at a pivotal time when both the firm and the country are at the forefront of international attention for their respective enviable international growth and unprecedented transformation under Vision 2030.”