Saud Al-Ammari
Chair, Saudi Arabia and Middle East | Al-Khobar, Bahrain, Riyadh
Al-Khobar: +966-13-847-5050 x9321
Bahrain: +973-1715-1500
Riyadh: +11-418-7444

Saud has experience in a wide variety of corporate and commercial legal matters both inside and outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Saud served as special counsel and later general attorney for Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco). He also advised the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in a number of capacities, including as legal adviser to the Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, general counsel to the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, and a member of the Kingdom's negotiation team for the implementation of the Kingdom's Natural Gas Initiative

Saud served as chairman of the legal defence team of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), which successfully handled two U.S. antitrust class action cases brought against OPEC. He has successfully represented the Kingdom in numerous sovereign immunity cases in the U.S., U.K. and Canada, and is currently an outside legal adviser to the Kingdom's Consultative (Shura) Council.

Saud has appeared before all levels of courts in the Kingdom handling commercial and administrative litigation as well as semi-judicial committees, including CMA and banking. In addition, he has served as an arbitrator and expert witness in local and international arbitration tribunals. He also participated as legal counsel and a member of the team negotiating the Kingdom's accession to the World Trade Organization.

Very familiar with the Western-style practice of law, Saud has worked for a large and prominent New York City law firm and a well-known Houston law firm before embarking on a career with Saudi Aramco.

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

In 2001, Saud was awarded the King Abdulaziz Medal (First Order) for his achievements and national contributions. In 1991, he was awarded the Gulf War Medal for his volunteer work.

PUBLICATIONS
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Foundation of the International Association of Defense Counsel, 2015.
Author: The Proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement: Are Arab Nations Being Marginalized from International Trade, or Are they Marginalizing Themselves
Alyaum Newspaper, Legal Vision Column, June 2015.
Co-author: Arbitration in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Arbitration International (Journal of the London Court of International Arbitration), Vol. 30, No. 2, June 2014.
Author: Extraterritorial Reach of Anti-Corruption Laws on Corporations and Persons in the Gulf
Blakes Newsletter, April 2014
Author: Shari'ah: Its Impact on Business and Contracts in Saudi Arabia
Blakes Newsletter, January 2014.
Author: Enforcing Arbitration Judgments
Alyaum Newspaper, Legal Vision Column, January 2014.
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