Rizwan Osman: CMS new head of corporate

CMS appointed corporate partner Rizwan Osman (pictured) as Head of Corporate in Saudi Arabia, strengthening its presence in the region. Rizwan joins the firm from an international law firm in Riyadh and will be based in Riyadh.

Rizwan Osman

Osman, who previously worked at Clyde&Co as a partner, is a solicitor qualified in England & Wales and is also a member of the Saudi Bar Association. With over 18 years of experience, nine of which have been in Saudi Arabia, he has significant experience in advising on complex cross-border transactions across a broad range of sectors, including the advertising and media, education, healthcare, oil and gas, mining, trade, transport and logistic sectors.

Osman specialises in all aspects of corporate, commercial and competition law matters including incorporating legal entities, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, commercial agency, distribution and franchising, commercial contracts as well as corporate restructurings and liquidations.

CMS in Saudi Arabia

In October 2023, CMS opened its Riyadh office following the granting of its Foreign Law Firm Licence by the Saudi Ministry of Justice. Mohammed Aldowish, a leading disputes partner, was appointed managing partner of CMS in Riyadh. The Riyadh team is focused on building strong relationships with corporate clients, high-net-worth individuals, and government entities, reflecting its understanding of Saudi Arabian law and regional dynamics.

Rizwan’s appointment follows swiftly on from the arrival of energy and infrastructure partner Keith Bullen (in May) and disputes partner James Abbott (in January). Both partners boast extensive experience in Saudi Arabia.