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Irfan Butt


Irfan Butt
English, Arabic, Urdu
Practice Group

Fluent in Arabic and with over twelve years' experience in Saudi Arabia, Irfan is a corporate, commercial practitioner, specialising in government regulatory, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, employment and general corporate advisory. He has expertise in advising on all forms of applications to Government regulators including the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority and advising major corporates on all aspects of doing business in Saudi Arabia. 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.

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

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

Advising leading Automotive manufacturers such as Ford Motor Company in relation to the Commercial Agencies law and general corporate advisory.

Advising leading pharmaceutical companies such as Actavis, Reckitt Benckiser and Aegerion in relation to SFDA regulations and advice under the Commercial Agencies law.

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

Acted for Mitsubishi Corporation in relation to corporate structuring for its subsidiaries and the incorporation of a new EPC joint venture.

Advising leading rail consultancy firms, RENFE and Iberdrola in relation to the Government Procurement Law and general corporate and employment matters.

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

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.

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

The jewel of the G.C.C. equity market – Saudi Arabian stock market to open for foreign investment

Journal of International Banking and Financial law

Published Works

Saudi's Stock Exchange: open for business

International Financial Legal Review

Published Works

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

Legal Week

Published Works

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

Published Works

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
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