Simmons & Simmons has announced plans to expand its Middle East practice by opening a new office in Riyadh, marking its first presence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The KSA is one of the fastest-growing economies globally and the largest in the Middle East.
The new office in Riyadh will enhance Simmons & Simmons’ offerings in the region across its chosen sectors, including asset management and investment funds (AMIF), financial institutions (FI), healthcare and life sciences (HLS), and technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT).
The move, pending regulatory approval, will involve new partner Amer Al Amr (pictured), a Saudi lawyer with over 20 years of experience in the KSA. Al Amr will lead the new Riyadh office, supported by a robust team, including disputes partner Niall Clancy, KSA nationals, and international colleagues.
Jeremy Hoyland, managing partner, described the move as transformative for Simmons’ practice in the Middle East. He emphasized that Saudi Arabia’s economic ambitions align closely with the firm’s sectors and clients’ focus. Muneer Khan, partner and Middle East Regional Head, echoed these sentiments, stating that the move marks a significant step forward for Simmons’ offering in the region.
Amer Al Amr expressed his privilege in leading Simmons’ new office in Riyadh, confident that the combination of his team’s local expertise and Simmons’ international reputation for excellence will capitalize on the opportunities ahead.