New office will focus on energy and infrastructure work
US giant Kirkland & Ellis is set to launch its first office in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia following changes to the rules around foreign firms operating in the country.
The Legal Cheek Firms Most List 2023 shows the Chicago-headquartered outfit already has twenty offices around the world, including London, with this latest outpost officially opening its doors next month.
The launch has been made possible after Saudi Arabia amended the Saudi Code of Law Practice back in March of this year — a move which enables firms to apply for foreign licence from the Saudi Ministry of Justice. Prior to that foreign firms were only able to operate in country through associations.
“Riyadh is an important market for international business and one of the world’s fastest-growing economies,” said a spokesperson from the firm. “Many of our clients are active and growing in Saudi Arabia, and we are actively considering our options and client needs there.”