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Top Saudi Government Attorney Rejoins V&E

Wail Alkahtany, who recently served as chief legal counsel at the Ministry of Finance of Saudi Arabia, has returned to the Law Office of Looaye M. Al-Akkas, in association with Vinson & Elkins (V&E), as counsel.

Alkahtany, who is based in Riyadh, joins the firm’s Energy Transactions and Projects practice group and focuses his practice on capital markets, corporate governance, regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions and contractual disputes.

“Wail’s unique experience and talents as an attorney are a strong complement to our practice,” said Al-Akkas. “We are pleased to welcome him back to the firm.”

Alkahtany originally joined V&E in 2018 and answered the call to cover a number of assignments with the Saudi Ministry of Finance the following year. Prior to joining V&E, Alkahtany served as a board member of the Saudi Arabian Capital Market Authority (CMA) from 2016 to 2017.  His major responsibilities included setting internal rules and regulations, overseeing the development of regulations and market policies, leading the CMA’s strategic planning, reviewing and deciding on violations of the Capital Market Law and regulations. He also served as the Chairman of the Audit Committee.

From 2010 to 2016, Alkahtany served as General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Saudi Arabian Investment Company (Sanabil Investments), where he advised on various high-profile investment transactions as well as a variety of legal and contractual matters locally and internationally.

Alkahtany began his legal career as legal counsel at Saudi Aramco, advising on several high-profile projects including the establishment of joint venture petrochemical and refinery companies, gas exploration companies, as well as the establishment of a large national endowment investment program.

“I am excited to rejoin the firm’s talented Riyadh team and am looking forward to contributing to V&E’s success,” said Alkahtany.

Alkahtany earned his law degree from The Ohio State University in 2003.

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