DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES and RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA--(Marketwired - May 7, 2014) - King & Spalding has recruited Zaid Al-Farisi, a finance lawyer with substantial experience in Saudi Arabia, as a partner in its Riyadh and Dubai offices. Working closely with King & Spalding partners Jawad Ali, Nabil Issa, Rizwan Kanji and Mike Rainey, Al-Farisi will help further develop the firm's Saudi finance practice and its finance practice throughout the Middle East region. Al-Farisi is rejoining King & Spalding from Confluent Law Group, an Iraqi legal consultancy, where he was a managing partner.
"We are pleased to welcome Zaid back to the firm. His considerable prior experience in Saudi and Iraq will enhance our finance offering in the Middle East," said Jawad I. Ali, managing partner of King & Spalding's offices in the Middle East. "Zaid's bilingual capabilities, skills and knowledge of the Saudi market will be a valuable asset to our clients in Saudi, Iraq and the rest of the Middle East."
Isam Salah, head of King & Spalding's Middle East and Islamic finance practice, said: "Zaid will work with our Middle East finance team to grow the firm's relationship and business with Saudi-based Islamic and conventional financial institutions, investment funds and family investment companies. His return to the firm brings additional strength to our bench of experienced, Western-trained bilingual finance partners based in the Middle East."
Al-Farisi was a counsel in King & Spalding's offices in New York and Riyadh from 2009 to 2011. Earlier in his career he practiced for nine years in the Riyadh and Chicago offices of an international law firm. Also, he was a visiting fellow at the International Human Rights Institute at DePaul University College of Law and a resident representative at the International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences in Kabul, Afghanistan. He received a J.D. degree from the University of Chicago Law School and a B.A. degree from University of Notre Dame.
Al-Farisi said: "I look forward to rejoining the talented Middle East and Islamic finance team at King & Spalding and contributing to the continued growth of the practice and the firm."
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