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Irfan Butt


Irfan Butt

Irfan is counsel based in our associate office in Jeddah.  Admitted in 2000, Irfan spent his formative years as a Barrister at the Inner Temple in London with a mixed practice including commercial judicial review, employment and civil litigation.  Fluent in Arabic and with over a decade of experience in Saudi Arabia, Irfan is a corporate, commercial practitioner, specializing in government regulatory, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, employment and general corporate advisory.  

Irfan has experience advising on all forms of applications to Government regulators including the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority and advising major corporates on all aspects of the Foreign Investment law. He is a member of the 'Ask an Expert' panel for the Arab News online forum, offering legal expertise to readers. It is operated by the largest national English daily newspaper in Saudi Arabia.

Representative Experience

Advising the medical services division of one of Saudi Arabia's largest corporations on the regulatory aspects of a joint venture with a foreign partner.

Advising QInvest on its proposed acquisition by joint venture of a 60% stake in EFG Hermes' investment banking, asset management, and brokerage business.

Advising SEDCO Holdings in relation to its acquisition of a stake in a leading clothes retailer.

Advising Ciena Communications in relation to the restructuring of their operations in Saudi Arabia, including corporate, commercial and employment matters.

Advising leading technology multinationals such as Teradata Corporation on their import and distribution of products and services.

Acted for Alstom in relation to the disposal of its Saudi subsidiaries to GE and the associated anti-trust and investment filings.

Advising a leading multinational manufacturer of cranes and heavy equipment in relation to a share exchange agreement and necessary local law compliance issues.

Advised Yale University, Columbia University, George Washington University, University of Leicester, and other institutions on JV agreements and regulatory and corporate advisory issues in Saudi Arabia.

Education and admissions


  • PgD, Umm Al Qurra University, Makkah, 2005
  • B.V.C., The Inns of Court School of law, 2000
  • LL.B., The University of Reading, 1999


  • The General Council of the Bar

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • England and Wales

Court admissions

  • Senior Courts of England and Wales

Latest thinking and events

Published Works

Arabian Enterprise (A brief history on the evolution of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority)

Legal Week

Article Reprints

New Head of Saudi Investment Agency Reviewing Rules with Eye to Boosting Jobs (Interviewed with regards to the expected reforms at SAGIA)

Bloomberg Online

Published Works

Opening up: An exclusive article with analysis of the Saudi primary and secondary markets

International Financial Legal Review

Article Reprints

The Saudi FDI market is opening up (Interviewed with regards to the changes and possible reforms expected to take place in relation to FDI)

International Financial Legal Review

Article Reprints

New Saudi regulator’s foreign investment crackdown (Interviewed with regards to the suspension of applications at SAGIA and the likely changes expected to take place)

International Financial Legal Review

Published Works

The future of secondary markets in Saudi Arabia

Islamic Finance News
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