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Ahmad Alkhamees

A Saudi licensed lawyer, a former judge at the General Court of Riyadh, and a founding partner of Harasani & Alkhamees law firm in Jeddah. Holding a B.A in Shari’ah law, Master in Islamic Comparative Jurisprudence, LLM in Advance Legal Studies and a PhD in the area of Islamic Finance and Financial Regulation from the University of Warwick. Aiming to make the most of my legal expertise in Saudi law and common law to provide high end of legal services that meet the international standards to clients in Saudi Arabia and GCC .

Specialties: Litigation, Islamic Finance, Saudi Capital Market Law, Saudi Commercial Law, and Arbitration.


H&A Law Firm
November 2014 – Present

Along with Dr Hamid Harasani, we founded Harasani & Alkhamees law firm. The firm is a boutique law

firm with a firm commitment to the provision of a personalised but professional level of service that is catered toward high net worth individuals, businesses and corporations. The firm has four main practice areas:

  • Litigation before all Saudi courts and panels (excluding criminal and family cases).

  • Corporate and transactional work (both domestic and cross border).

  • Advising on all areas of wealth planning (wills, gifts, inheritance, all types of Waqfs, Shariah

    compliant trusts).

  • The legal structuring of Islamic finance contracts and transactions.

The Law Office of Ahmad Alkhamees
November 2011 - November 2014

A boutique law office specializes in advising on highly complex litigation

Study of The Commercial Law of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
June 2013 - November 2014

I worked as a part-time project manager to help Professor Frank E. Vogel of Harvard Law School in his study of The Commercial Law of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia commissioned by the Royal court.

Judge, The Riyadh General Court at Ministry of Justice of Saudi Arabia
May 2008 - March 2009

I have completed my judicial training and worked under the supervision of three experienced judges (now

court of appeal judges). I was also responsible for supervising the judge's offices during their leaves. I have issued judgements on various cases, involving: family law, inheritance law, and commercial law. I have also drafted judgements for major cases, which were upheld by the court of appeal.

Trainee Judge at Ministry of Justice of Saudi Arabia
January 2006 - May 2008

Trainee judge


University of Warwick
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Islamic Finance and Financial Regulation. 2010 – 2014
Research Title: "A Critique of Creative Shari‘ah Compliance in the Islamic Finance Industry with Reference to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom". Activities and Societies: The Governance and Regulation Cluster, Comparative law and culture Cluster

University of Warwick
LLM, Advance Legal Studies, 2009 - 2010
Modules Studied:
-International Banking & Securities Regulation
- Legal Aspect of International Investment & Transnational Corporations
- The Regulation of Merger & Acquisitions
- International Arbitration, Foreign Investment Disputes
-Global Competition Law
- Approaches to Global Justice -Dissertation, Research and Writing Seminar

AL- Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University. The Higher Institute for Justice
Master, Comparative Jurisprudence, 2005 - 2008

Qassim University
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Islamic law, 2002 - 2005


The Impact of Shari’ah Governance Practices on Shari’ah Compliance in Contemporary Islamic Finance
Journal of Banking Regulation August 15, 2012

Private Action as a Remedy against Market Manipulation in the USA
Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance February 13, 2012

International Arbitration and Shari’a Law: Context, Scope, and Intersections
Journal of International Arbitration January 1, 2011

International Transfer Technology Agreements: New Age of Negotiation
The Asian Business Lawyer November 2011

Disputes between Stockbrokers and Investors in The Saudi Capital Market (Arabic Book)
Maktbat al-Qanoon w al-Iqtesad March 1, 2013


Translating into Arabic a book titled "The Principles and Practice of International Commercial Arbitration. Margaret L. Moses"
July 2012 to Present

The aim of this project is to contribute to the Arabic legal community which lacks a book that is up to date, and provide reader-friendly introduction to international commercial arbitration. The Arabic translation is to be published by Jadawel publishing house

Book Description:
Publication Date: 26 Mar 2012 | ISBN-10: 1107008786 | ISBN-13: 978-1107008786 | Edition: 2 This book provides the reader with immediate access to understanding the world of international arbitration. Arbitration has become the dispute resolution method of choice in international transactions. This book explains how and why arbitration works. It provides the legal and regulatory framework for international arbitration, as well as practical strategies to follow and pitfalls to avoid. It is short and readable, but comprehensive in its coverage of the basic requirements, including the most recent changes in arbitration laws, rules and guidelines. The second edition includes updates on rules and guidelines, such as the arbitration rules of the ICC, the SCC, the ACICA and UNCITRAL, as well as the 2010 IBA Rules on Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration. The author includes insights from numerous international arbitrators and counsel, who tell firsthand about their own experiences of arbitration and their views of best practices.

Designing the 'perfect' Capital Market Law: Challenges of Comparative Law, Religion, Politics.
July 2012 to Present

Initially, this was a short paper that was presented at Warwick Law school conference held on the 5 & 6th July, 2012. The conference was titled (Not Just Law), and the session was titled (Legal Transplants in a Globalised World: Challenges of Comparative Law and Culture). My aim is to investigate the matter further and develop it to a full paper supported by some empirical research

Ahmad Alkhamees

A dot Alkhamees at warwick dot ac dot uk