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Ziad El-Khoury, Partner, CEO

Ziad El-Khoury is a Partner and the Chief Executive Officer at BLK Partners based in Riyadh.
He has more than 23 years of experience in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East region and has formerly served as a global partner at two leading international law firms in Riyadh and Beirut. Throughout these years, Ziad has developed a wide range of experience in corporate, financial, regulatory and civil law matters with particular emphasis on telecommunications, banking and financial, corporate, business and commercial matters. He has also handled matters involving bankruptcy, real estate and construction, litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Ziad has a good handle on stand-alone projects as well. 

Ziad represented major corporations and business interests in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East covering a wide range of activities and on behalf of numerous European, American and Middle Eastern clients. He has assisted several governments in the region on a wide range of projects. For example, he assisted the Government of Bahrain in a labour related legislation; the Saudi Ministry of Municipalities and Rural Affairs, the Arriyadh Development Authority and other government entities in Saudi Arabia in a range of projects; the State of Kuwait in utilities projects; and the State of Qatar in the liberalization of the telecommunications sector.

Ziad has been a leading lawyer in numerous structuring and restructuring transactions advising corporations, investor groups and high-net-worth individuals in the structuring and negotiation of multimillion-dollar transactions.

Ziad is described by market sources as “highly rated for his healthcare knowledge and takes a leading role in the firm’s spectrum of corporate and commercial mandates.” He is also listed as a leading lawyer in several market listings and in different jurisdictions.

Ziad has an LL.M in International Business Law from the American University (Washington, DC); and a JD (equivalent) in Lebanese law from Universite La Sagesse (Beirut, Lebanon). He is admitted to the Beirut Bar Association and is fluent in Arabic, English, and French.