Latham & Watkins LLP is a leading full-service global law firm serving multinational companies, start-ups, investment banks, private equity funds, venture capital firms, sovereign wealth funds, governments and other organizations from its 31 offices across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the US. The firm is internationally renowned for its practices across a wide spectrum of transactional, corporate, litigation, and regulatory areas, and has received considerable market recognition for its handling of landmark matters. Latham lawyers offer unrivalled legal resources and strategic commercial thinking to provide clients with innovative solutions to complex business and legal matters.

Latham & Watkins has extensive experience advising clients on the local and cross-border aspects of a broad range of high-profile and enterprise-transforming matters. Latham’s depth and breadth of experience in the world’s financial, business and regulatory centers positions the firm well to respond to clients’ complex, multijurisdictional deals and high stakes, bet-the-company litigation and regulatory matters. At the heart of the firm is its focus on collaboration; across jurisdictions, practices and industries, the firm draws upon its deep subject matter expertise, its abiding commitment to teamwork and its tradition of creative and commercial counsel.

Ahmad Anani is senior counsel in our Middle East offices. He has extensive experience working in private practice, as well as in government and in-house counsel roles. Ahmad has advised on a wide range of corporate (business sale & acquisition, IPO’s, joint ventures property and labor law), financial, policy, litigation, and capital markets matters. Chambers, in its 2011 Global Guide-Qatar, describes Ahmad as “a heavyweight in this market” and “well above the standard – absolutely first class.” PLC Cross-border Mergers & Acquisitions ranks him as one of the top 2011 M&A lawyers in the Middle East.


Salman Al-Sudairi is a partner in Latham & Watkins’s Riyadh office. He is a US and Saudi Arabian qualified finance and corporate attorney with a focus on sophisticated financing transactions, including leveraged financings, project financings, Islamic financings, restructurings and capital markets transactions. He also advises Saudi Arabian and international clients in complex commercial transactions in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East region in a wide range of industries, including energy, retail, manufacturing, defense, telecommunications, healthcare and hospitality.


Craig R. Nethercott is a finance partner in Latham’s Dubai and London offices. He has worked on a variety of project finance and Islamic finance transactions in the Middle East, Africa and Asia in the oil and gas, mining and infrastructure sectors. Craig recently was named a Leading Lawyer in Islamic Project Finance and Islamic Energy Finance by Islamic Finance News. According to the 2011 edition of Chambers UK, which lists Craig as a leading individual in projects and as a notable practitioner in Islamic Finance, he has “built an excellent reputation for his work on Islamic finance facilities in the projects sector.”


Omar Elsayed is a foreign legal consultant in Latham & Watkins’ Riyadh office where he is a member of the Corporate Department. Prior to joining Latham & Watkins, from 2005-2010 he worked at an international firm’s affiliated Riyadh office. Prior to that, Omar practiced as a legal counsel for SETE Technical Services, a contracting arm of the Latsis Group in the Middle East and Africa. Omar’s practice focuses on a wide range of corporate and M&A matters; he has experience advising on M&A transactions, IPO’s, and joint ventures across a variety of industries. Omar is bilingual (English/Arabic).


Jade Laktineh is an associate in the Abu Dhabi office of Latham & Watkins and is a member of the Corporate Department. Jade’s practice focuses on a wide range of corporate, funds and finance matters. His experience includes advising clients in the oil and gas, petrochemicals, power and renewable energy sectors, as well as infrastructure and banking industries. Jade, who is fluent in Arabic and French, also has worked in New York and Paris.



Salam Alsmadi is an associate in the Dubai office of Latham & Watkins and is a member of the Finance Department. Salam specializes in Islamic finance and international finance transactions. In addition, Salam has a solid understanding of the local legal systems in the GCC region. His experience includes advising clients on Islamic finance, structured finance, derivatives, bankruptcy and all types of security interests in the GCC region. Prior to joining Latham, he worked as an international lawyer for Allen & Overy in Dubai. Salam is bilingual (English/Arabic).