Hatem Abdulghaffar is a member of the Riyadh office Capital Markets Practice. He focuses on advising issuers and investment banks on equity capital markets transactions including initial public offerings (IPOs) and other securities offerings.

Mr. Abdulghaffar also counsels public and private companies on corporate governance matters and other general corporate matters. His practice includes:

  • Capital markets
  • Corporate
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Regulatory 

Mr. Abdulghaffar’s experience includes advising:

Capital Markets**

  • The underwriters on the SAR831.2 million IPO of MBC Group on Tadawul
  • The National Agricultural Development Company (NADEC) on its SAR2 billion rights issue
  • SNB Capital as underwriter on the SAR999 million IPO of First Milling Company on Tadawul
  • Alsaif Gallery, one of the leading retailers in the Saudi kitchenware, serveware and small home appliances markets in Saudi Arabia, on Its SAR1.2 billion IPO
  • Arabian Drilling Company on its SAR8.9 billion IPO on Tadawul*
  • Morabaha Marina Company on its IPO on Tadawul*
  • Al Watania for Industries Company on its IPO on Tadawul*
  • Al Mawarid Manpower Company on its IPO on Tadawul*
  • Alkhorayef Water & Power Technologies on its SAR1.80 billion IPO on Tadawul*
  • Theeb Rent A Car Company on its SAR1.72 billion IPO on Tadawul*
  • Tanmiah Food Company on its SAR1.34 billion IPO on Tadawul*
  • Naqi Water Company on its SAR1.38 billion IPO on Tadawul*
  • Several companies in their potential IPOs on Tadawul and Nomu in various industries including medical services, manpower, financial services, manufacturing, and real estate
  • Several Saudi publicly listed companies in connection with corporate governance and continuing obligations advice


  • A renowned professional services firm on its cross-border restructuring exercise*
  • A capital market institution on day-to-day corporate affairs*
  • A leading IT company on day-to-day corporate and commercial affairs*
  • Several international and local investors in connection with incorporation of companies and corporate restructurings in Saudi Arabia
  • International and local clients on various matters relating to Saudi Arabian law


  • Several governmental bodies in connection with drafting regulations and other regulatory advice


  • A majority shareholder in relation to a shareholders’ arbitration dispute relating to the enforceability of a contingent payout mechanism*

*Matter handled prior to joining the firm 

**Firm experience prior to April 2023 includes work completed both at Latham and the Law Firm of Salman M. Al-Sudairi

Bar Qualification

  • New York
  • Saudi Arabia


  • LLM in Corporate and Commercial Law, Queen Mary, University of London, 2018
  • LLB (Hons), University of London - SOAS, 2017

Languages Spoken

  • English