ABOUT THE FIRM

Founded in 2014, Sofana R. Dahlan Law Firm (License No. 34/196) is a Pan-Arabian/Saudi law firm that provides end to end legal innovative solutions both domestic and cross-border, in the field of creative industries in three different languages, Arabic, English, and French.

 

We draw on our unique knowledge of the Arabian business environment and in-depth understanding of the socio-economic climate to advise clients on a wide range of legal issues. Our aim is to assist our clients in achieving their objectives as smoothly and efficiently as possible while minimising the legal and regulatory risks. In the past few years, we have amassed a diverse portfolio of clients covering entrepreneurs, SME’s, and corporates across a range of sectors.

OUR LEGAL TEAM

Our working process is primarily based on building partnerships and working collaboratively with leading firms in jurisdictions where we do not possess the necessary know-how and outreach.

 

The firm has extensive experience with the entrepreneurship regulatory environment particularly in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and more generally in the Middle-East and North Africa region.

SOFANA DAHLAN

Founder & Managing Partner

Sofana is an accomplished Saudi lawyer and social entrepreneur. She holds the prized distinction of being the first female lawyer to have been granted the permit to practice law in Saudi Arabia. Sofana has served as a legal consultant in different parts of the Arab world including Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and Kuwait.

 

Sofana was also the Vice Governor for Entrepreneurship Advancement at the Small and Medium Enterprises Authority of Saudi Arabia from 2016 to 2017, making her the first Saudi female senior economic policymaker.

SHEEZA SHEHZAD

Associate

Sheeza is a qualified lawyer specialising in commercial law and financial compliance. She joined Sofana R. Dahlan Legal Firm in 2015 after having worked at the Islamic Development Bank as a trainee for over a year. Her experience has mainly revolved around banking, corporate compliance, financial developmental and intellectual property law.

 

She has an LLB from the University of Essex and an LLM in International Commercial Law from Cardiff University.

ROULA ABOUCHABKE

Consultant

Roula focuses her practice in the areas of corporate, commercial, mergers & acquisitions, energy, oil and gas, intellectual property, arbitration and dispute resolutions. She has developed extensive expertise in private equity where she assisted investment funds in the negotiation and implementation of leveraged acquisitions.

 

She has acquired significant experience in the establishment of local and international investment funds and intervenes regularly on behalf of corporate directors in connection with the negotiation and structuring of their management packages.

KIMANI GODDARD

Copyright Expert

Kimani is an experienced Intellectual Property Law and Policy Advisor. Ms Goddard has been a Senior IP Advisor for several years, with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), specialising in copyright law, collective management of copyright and TRIPS flexibilities.

 

She holds an LLM  in International Law, from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, as well as a Master of Research (quantitative) International Relations (Trade Policy) and a BA Hons 1st Class in International Relations and Politics, both from Keele University in the United Kingdom.

KARIM KOBEISSI

Consultant 

Karim is the co-founder and managing partner of Kobeissi & Frangie – Attorneys & Counselors at Law in Beirut, Lebanon. He is specialised in corporate governance, litigation, telecommunications and energy.

 

After working for a couple of years in Lebanon, he moved to the USA where he joined Harvard Law School and received an LLM, with a focus on the regulation of financial institutions, securities regulation and corporate governance and international governance. 

DR. RABEA S DAHLAN

Consultant

Dr. Dahlan is a reputed Meccan with a long distinguished career in civil service and government. He is most recognised for his long service to the Emirate of Mecca (Holy City Province) as Lieutenant Governor to its Emir, HRH the late Prince Majid bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, for over a decade, during which he spearheaded numerous projects to aid development and improve organisational systems relating to security, human rights and serving pilgrims. 

 

He is a recognised expert in Public Administration, development and organisation theory as well as human development. 

 

Dr Dahlan obtained his BA in Public Administration from King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah and received a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from Pepperdine University after obtaining a Higher Diploma in Economics and Administration from the Economic Institute-Colorado University. He received his PhD in Administration and Organisational Theory from Cairo University.