Norton Rose Fulbright Strengthens Saudi Banking Practice with Arrival of New Of Counsel

Global legal practice Norton Rose Fulbright has today announced the arrival of new banking Of Counsel, Robin Balmer.

Robin joins from Clifford Chance in Dubai where he was a senior banking lawyer in the Islamic finance team. He has over nine years’ experience in the Middle East with a considerable focus on the Saudi market.

Robin’s arrival further strengthens Norton Rose Fulbright’s award winning Islamic finance practice. Norton Rose Fulbright’s Islamic finance practice, led in the Middle East and Africa by Dubai based banking partner Mohammed Paracha, has recently handled the Madinah Airport Expansion PPP, the Jabal Omar District Cooling Project in Makkah as well as several prominent petrochemical and industrial projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Robin’s recent transactions in Saudi Arabia include the SAR1.9 billion Islamic financing of a petrochemical project in Jubail Industrial City for SAMAPCO and the SAR5.09 billion multi-tranche Islamic financing of three petrochemicals projects.

Mohammed Paracha commented:

“We are delighted Robin is joining us at this exciting time for Norton Rose Fulbright. Our recent combination allows us to serve our Islamic finance clients in all global markets. Robin has worked on many market-leading transactions and further strengthens our team.”

Mohammed Al-Ghamdi, who leads the practice in Saudi Arabia commented:

“We are pleased with the increased banking, project finance and Islamic finance capabilities resulting from the Norton Rose Fulbright combination. As Saudi Arabia continues its investment in all types of infrastructure, the need for Islamic financing of projects is increasing rapidly. Robin’s experience in Saudi Arabia will help us meet our clients’ needs.”

Robin Balmer commented:

“I am excited at the opportunities working with Norton Rose Fulbright will bring, particularly in the growing market in Saudi Arabia.”

In Saudi Arabia we practice through Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm in association with Fulbright & Jaworski LLP.

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