Jones Day will practice in the Kingdom in association with Alsulaim Alawaji & Partners Law Firm, a Saudi firm established in 1990 and with which Jones Day has worked closely for many years.
Yusuf Giansiracusa has rejoined Jones Day as Partner-in-Charge resident in the Riyadh office, which opened on January 1, 2011. Mr. Giansiracusa has worked with Saudi clients and foreign clients doing business in the Kingdom for the last twenty years. He represents several of the leading commercial and industrial families and has a broad range of experience in commercial and corporate transactions, industrial and infrastructure projects, OGP and private client matters.
Alsulaim Alawaji & Partners and Jones Day will open offices in Jeddah and in Alkhobar later in 2011. These offices will focus on project finance, mergers and acquisitions, and dispute resolution. The Partner-in-Charge resident in the Jeddah office will be Fahad Habib who will relocate from Jones Day’s Washington office. Mr. Habib has for many years represented Saudi clients in complex litigation and has assisted multinational corporations on trade and regulatory issues involving the Middle East. The Partner-in-Charge resident in the Alkhobar office will be Oliver Passavant who has practiced at Jones Day for many years in both the United States and in Germany. Mr. Passavant has extensive experience in energy, mergers and acquisitions, finance, corporate restructuring and intellectual property.
Stephen J. Brogan, Managing Partner of Jones Day said, “we are delighted to welcome Yusuf Giansiracusa back to the Firm and we know that he will make a real contribution in Riyadh, where he is one of the most senior Western lawyers. We are also very pleased to re-establish our relationship with Alsulaim Alawaji & Partners, a first-class firm with whom we have had a long and very positive working relationship.”
Mr. Brogan added that, “Jones Day has represented a number of important Saudi clients over the past two decades in a wide range of matters, including defending clients against unfair accusations of wrongdoing brought against them in high-profile litigation in the United States. In 2009, the firm decided it was time to re-establish a physical presence in the region, and we opened an office in Dubai. The Kingdom is the centre of economic activity in the Middle East and by far the largest economy. Opening associate offices in Riyadh, Jeddah and Alkhobar is a natural next step as we seek to serve our clients’ needs in each of the three quite different and very important commercial centers in the Kingdom.”
Mr. Giansiracusa said, “I am delighted to be back at Jones Day and pleased that the Saudi clients I have represented for many years will have the benefit of the sophisticated legal services that Jones Day can offer in key business centers around the world.”
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