Legal Advisors in association with Baker & McKenzie hire Sahal Khalawi

Legal Advisors Abdulaziz Alajlan & Partners, in association with Baker & McKenzie, has bolstered its Regulatory and Public Policy practice in Saudi Arabia with the appointment of Sahal Khalawi (pictured) as a new Partner. 

“We are delighted to welcome Sahal to our team in Saudi Arabia,” said partner Karim Nassar. “His expertise will add bench strength to our practice and help us further bolster our capabilities in providing comprehensive legal services to clients in navigating complex regulatory matters. His deep understanding of corporate dynamics, coupled with his proficiency in navigating complex regulatory landscapes and shaping effective policies, will greatly benefit our clients and strengthen our market position. Additionally, his extensive network in the Kingdom make him a strategic addition to our practice.” 

Based in the Riyadh office, Khalawi brings extensive experience in regulatory and public policy matters, offering valuable insights and guidance to clients on complex regulatory issues. His distinguished background encompasses both public and private sectors, including a senior position at The Saudi Royal Court. During his tenure, he provided legal, regulatory, policy, and strategic advice on various matters related to Vision 2030 and other government initiatives and entities. Khalawi has also served at the Saudi Center of Government, where he was seconded to the National Center for Privatization & PPP. In addition, he has received training at an international law firm.  

With his comprehensive expertise in strategic corporate and government advisory, legislative drafting, regulatory affairs, and public policy, Khalawi will spearhead the expansion of the firm’s regulatory and public policy practice. He will actively engage with regulators and policy makers to contribute to the dynamic evolution of Saudi Arabia’s regulatory landscape. 

Commenting on his move, Sahal Khalawi said, “I am excited to join Baker McKenzie’s team in Saudi Arabia and to work with the firm’s impressive roster of clients. I look forward to contributing my knowledge and experience to the firm’s already strong corporate practice in the region.” 

Abdulrahman Alajlan added: “Sahal is a great addition to Baker McKenzie’s globally renowned Corporate practice, and his deep knowledge of local laws and regulations will greatly benefit our clients across all sectors. We are delighted to have him join the partnership.”