Introduction

Ibrahim Al-Howishel Law Firm provides expert legal services to its clients, offering a deep knowledge and understanding of the local laws and culture through a highly experienced team of Saudi and foreign qualified lawyers, legal consultants and of-counsels who are all permanently based in the Kingdom.

We have been operating for over a decade and have a track-record of successful advisory, transactional and dispute resolution services across several sectors for public and private sector clients. We have in-depth experience in insolvency, bankruptcy and liquidation proceedings, corporate structuring, corporate and financial restructuring, corporate governance, commercial contracts, real estate and construction, capital markets law, franchise law, intellectual property law and employment law matters. This has helped us develop positive working relationship with key Government authorities and regulators, including the Ministry of Commerce and Investment (MOCI), Capital Markets Authority (CMA), Saudi Central Bank, Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) and the Ministry of Labor and Social Development (MLSD).

Our dispute resolution team consists of full time senior Shariah experts, litigators and of-counsels, who have a remarkable track-record of success in litigation, domestic and international commercial arbitration and enforcement of judgments in the Kingdom. We take a pro-active, pragmatic and commercially prudent approach in dispute resolution, and apply alternate methods of mediation and negotiations as tools for obtaining results for our clients.

About Us

Who we are and how we work

Our Vision

Our vision is to become a leading law practice in the Middle East and beyond, and we always strive to be the trusted advisers for our clients.

Our strategy dictates that we focus on developing our capabilities in the markets that are most important for our clients, and to pursue growth and expansion through our own offices or alliances to those geographies.

We strive to be recognized by leading organizations globally as the best placed law firm for advice on complex legal matters and challenges relating to Saudi laws as well as the laws of other jurisdictions where we have presence.

We aim to use the latest technologies to help advance our profession and for efficient delivery of products and services to our clients at competitive prices.

One of the pillars of our strategy is investment in our people to attract and retain best of the talent and improve our team for delivering better quality services to our clients that contribute to their success.

We want to foster and uphold the values and best practices of collaboration, innovation, agility and flexibility in delivery of our services to our clients. As an organization, we stand for inclusivity and diversity, strictly upholding the values of equality and non-discrimination.

Our Purpose

Enable our clients and communities to thrive in the ever-evolving global environment and contribute to the development and growth of our people.

Our Values

The values pursued by the firm are the basic principles upon which our firm’s culture is based in its relations with clients, people and communities. The client interest is paramount and at the heart of our operations. We endeavor to pursue excellence, accuracy, integrity and professionalism in delivery of our services to our clients.

Our core values are:

Creativity

Creativity lies in finding innovative and practical solutions with present them with precision and clarity.

Collaboration

Working seamlessly in an integrated manner internally and with clients’ teams to achieve the desired outcome.

Quality

Delivering with accuracy and quality while acting with utmost professionalism.

Transparency

Maintaining a culture of openness and transparency in our relations with clients and our people.

Integrity

Conducting all times with utmost integrity.

About the founding partner

Mr. Ibrahim Abdulrahman Al-Howishel is the Founding Partner and the Managing Partner of the Firm. He has more than 22 years of legal experience, that includes his time with the Saudi association firms of Norton Rose and Eversheds Sutherland. Mr. Al-Howishel has also worked as a legal counsel at Suleiman Al Rajhi Real Estate Investment Company and at AR-Riyadh Development Co., where he advised his clients on many complex deals in the real estate development sector. His expertise in the real estate law and his wide experience in mega real estate transactions and real estate development projects are seriously recognized by his major clients.

Mr. Al-Howishel also advises on family wealth governance, inheritance and commercial transactions. Clients value his in-depth knowledge of the Saudi laws and his acute commercial sense which underpin his legal advices.

Mr. Al-Howishel is a seasoned litigator and with his outstanding advocacy and negotiation skills, and his deep knowledge of Sharia, he has successfully resolved numerous complicated legal disputes for his clients.

Mr. Al-Howishel holds a bachelor’s degree in Sharia from Al Imam University, and he received an associate certificate in Procedures and Applied Legal Sciences from Riyadh Chamber of Commerce.

The Team

What did they say about us

“The most professional and highly experienced team that we have dealt with.”

Our Clients

The Firm represents major government sector clients, family businesses, private equity funds, high net-worth individuals and leading public and private corporate clients in various business sectors and industries, including FMG, telecommunications, banking & finance, insurance, energy, real estate and construction, engineering, projects, healthcare and education. Many of our clients are retained clients who consider us as their trusted advisors and rely on our expertise in Sharia law, dispute resolution and legal advisory services.

Our Services

In the recent years, we have witnessed a tremendous growth in our client base and expansion in new areas of legal services. We offer our clients access to our experience in:

  • corporate and M&A transactions
  • alternate dispute resolution
  • litigation
  • private Equity
  • bankruptcy
  • liquidation
  • foreign direct investment
  • banking & finance
  • insurance
  • capital markets
  • privatization
  • government procurement laws
  • regulatory and public policy
  • real estate and construction
  • human capital and employment
  • intellectual property
  • information technology
  • family and inheritance

In addition to the wealth of experience in corporate & commercial advisory and dispute resolution, the Firm has developed niche in certain specialized practice areas.

Bankruptcy & Corporate/Financial Restructuring

The Firm has extensively advised major listed and private companies in numerous sectors in relation to Bankruptcy Law and procedures working closely with the bankruptcy administrators and trustees as well as financial advisors on financial reorganization, preventive settlement procedures and handling cases at courts to enable bankrupt companies and struggling debtors to regulate their financial affairs and resume their business activities, and ultimately contributing towards the sustainability and development of the economy. The Firm is among the markets leaders in advising and conducting financial re-organization for companies listed on Tadawul (Saudi Stock Exchange) in accordance with legal frame for bankruptcy, Capital Markets Law and the regulations of the Saudi Central Bank.

Family Wealth, Inheritance and Distribution of Estates

We are proud of our track-record of successful advisory to some of the country’s major wealthy families in relation to managing family wealth and addressing inheritance matters. Our team of Sharia experts and lawyers have rich experience in advising and handling all procedures to devolve and distribute inheritance starting from recording, drafting and execution of wills, legacy/donation documents and inheritance deeds, identifying and determining the estates and their types, arranging evaluation of the estate, identifying and determining debts and nature of creditors, obtaining succession certificates and court confirmation of legal heirs and their shares in accordance with Sharia and introducing the mechanisms for dividing inheritance shares, money and properties among the legal heirs. The Firm also undertakes the implementation of the division and distribution of inheritance estate, through auctions or direct disbursements through banks.

Dispute Resolution

The Firm is distinguished in its experience in legal, commercial and financial dispute resolution through mediation, arbitration and litigation. Our expert team of litigators and advocates diligently pursue creative solutions to resolve legal issues in our clients’ best interests. Our team have handled commercial arbitration cases in the Kingdom and abroad, such as the UAE, the United Kingdom and European continent, and the volume of claims handled by the Firm during the last year has exceeded several billion Saudi Riyals.

Contracting and Real Estate

In the field of real estate development and contracting, the Firm has local and regional experience in real estate laws, engineering and construction contracts, turn-key projects on BOOT and BOT models, private public partnerships, contractual arrangements between investors and developers, dealing with the government agencies and regulators, lease agreements, usufruct rights, licenses and transfers of titles. The Firm also advises on all legal matters relating to financing of real estate projects through real estate investment funds, Islamic finance and structured finance. The Firm also helps clients (banks etc.) with public auctions, acquisition and sale of property and expropriation.

Family Businesses

The Firm has a strong history in and credentials for advising numerous family-owned businesses. With deep knowledge and understanding of how family businesses operate and what challenges they face in their transition to the next generation of ownership, the Firm is uniquely positioned to advise on all legal aspects of business structuring and governance, restructuring ownership, controlling and managing key assets and compliance to ensure stability and continuity across generations.

Foreign Investment and Setting-up of Business

The Firm provides a full range of licensing and incorporation services to local, regional and international clients to assist in setting-up of their investment and business vehicles in the Kingdom. We work closely with various government departments and provide “one-stop” service for seamless delivery of results for our clients in obtaining foreign investment licenses, incorporation of private and close joint stock companies, drafting constituent documents and shareholders/joint venture agreements, handling corporate governance and corporate compliance matters and dealing with competition law and winding-up issues.

Facts and Figures

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The company has been issued since the date of incorporation more than 200 instruments of judgment in its favor, and more than 21 instruments were issued in the last year of this year 2020 AD, which are as follows:

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Value of Cases Filed

The value of the cases filed exceeds (4,366,644,297.16 S.R.) four billion three hundred sixty-six million six hundred and forty-four thousand two hundred ninety-seven riyals and sixteen halalas of Saudi Arabia.

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Cases in Various Courts

Ibrahim Al-Hwaishel Advocates and Legal Consultants and its team, since its establishment until its date, has initiated more than (550) cases in various courts, including the General, Criminal, Commercial, Administrative, and Personal Status Courts, and the committees, quasi-judicial bodies, and bodies, some of which ended with a final judgment or are still in force today.

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Investment Funds

The company has also worked to provide some legal advice with regard to investment fund units whose value exceeds eight million riyals.

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Capital Exceeds

That the company is proud to be one of the first companies that worked on the files of financial reorganization for a number of institutions and companies listed in the Capital Market Authority and not listed and whose capital exceeds 300,000,000 riyals

400
Consultations

Ibrahim Al-Hwishel Advocates and Legal Consultants and its team have worked since its inception to date to provide many legal advice related to investment and franchise contracts and to provide legal support to clients in many diverse investments, and the number of consultations that have been provided has exceeded (400) consultations.

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