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Sharif Fareed Akkad (Managing Partner)
  • Nationality: Saudi
  • Mobile #: +966 (0) 568 111-333
  • e-mail:
  • Education:
    • Administrative Law Diploma, Cairo University, Faculty of Law, Cairo, Egypt, 1994
    • L.L.B., Bachelor of Law, Cairo University, Faculty of Law, Cairo, Egypt, 1993
  • Admitted:
    • Practicing Lawyer, Ministry of Justice, Saudi Arabia, 1998
  • Member:
    • The Franchise Committee at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2007
    • The Franchise Committee at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 2008
    • The Franchise Committee at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, 2008
    • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London (Associate)
    • Egyptian Bar Association
    • Law Instructor, Dar Al-Hekma College, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 2009
  • Practice:
    • Corporate, commercial, franchise  and commercail agencies matters, real estate transactions, foreign investment laws, joint ventures and merger & acquisition transactions, litigation, arbitration and Islamic finance
  • Publications:
    • "A brief idea about franchise agreements", published by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Makkah, 2006
    • "The definition of franchise agreements", Al-Eqtasadiah NewsPaper, 2007
    • "The law of franchising in KSA", the Franchise Market Place Magazine (the largest franchise magazine in the Middle East published in Dubai), April 2008.
  • Experience:
    • (Managing Partner), Mikwar, Akkad & Metawea Law Firm (“MAK”), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 2004 – present
    • (Legal Advisor), National Commercial Bank, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, April 2004 – August 2005
    • (Associate), the Alliance of Abbas F. Ghazzawi & Co and Hammad & Al-Mehdar law firm, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, August 2000 – March 2004
    • (Trainee Junior Associate), Hammad & Al-Mehdar law firm, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, December 1997 – August 2000

Mr. Sharif Fareed Akkad has extensive experience (over sixteen years) in corporate, commercial, franchise matters, real estate transactions litigation and Islamic finance. Sharif Akkad is one of the leading lawyers in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East with respects to franchising, distributorship, agencies and license agreements. To date, he has closed more than (250) franchise agreements, distributorship agreements and license agreements.

Mr. Akkad has worked on numerous franchise, distributorship and license agreements including but not limited to: Subway International, Calvin Klein, D&G, Guess, Fossil, Esprit, Rebook, Second Cup, Ikea, Levis, Cartier, Applebee’s, Outback Steakhouse International, Reply, Betty Barclay, Max Mara, Stefanel, French Connection, Barnies, Ebel Watches, Mugg & Bean, Sleep High, Go Sport, Tom Tailor, Free For Humanity, KiKa, Tartine & Chocolate, Vans Co. Ltd., Yves Rocher,, Arabian Oud, KAS Australia, Tony Roma’s Restaurant, Wing Zone and “Isuzu”.

His diverse practice includes: Intellectual property and trademark matters, international transactions, Saudi Foreign Investment Law matters, methanol projects (he was involved in the Japanese shareholder consortium Japan Arabia Methanol Company “Mitsui, Mitsubishi, Daicel Chemical and Ion Shipping” in the development, financing and construction of a methanol plant in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, acquisitions, initial public offerings (he was involved in the first ever IPO for the NCB, Jeddah).

He has advised major foreign entities in relation to establishing joint ventures in KSA and associating mixed and foreign limited liability companies in KSA before SAGIA, including advising one of the foreign prospective investors in “Al-Shobily Project”; referred to as a “mega project” on the SAGIA web site (The project is set to attract (60) billion Saudi Riyals investments in KSA), a major British real estate company in establishing a joint venture in KSA and AMLAK Group, the second largest real Estate company in UAE in establishing a joint venture in KSA to carry out a real estate project in KSA.

He formerly worked in the legal department of the NCB in Jeddah specialising in banking and Islamic finance. His expertise in Islamic Finance covers a broad range of matters: dealing with complex legal issues arising from the transferring of “Tawarak” into the local Saudi market for the NCB, with an approximate value of (10) billion Saudi Riyals, involved in the largest Islamic finance transaction by “Mudarabah” of the second GSM licenses in Saudi Arabia, the first project for asset Islamic finance by leasing in Saudi market in NCB with an approximate value of (2) billion Saudi Riyals and associate in a major project for issuing Islamic bonds “Sukuk” in NCB.

Mr. Akkad provides advice on Islamic finance and banking issues to both local and international clients and helps many clients to structure their finance according to Islamic finance tools, such as preparing a "promise to sell letter" to sell offices in the largest business tower in the Western province at The Head Quarter Business Park, valued in excess of (1.5) billion Saudi Riyals, preparing an Islamic lease agreement "Ejar Mantahi baltamleek" to develop a real estate project and preparing an "Ejar Mawasoof falzamah" for a major shopping mall in Jeddah.

Sharif has advised Fortis Bank and NAS Co. Ltd. in relation to sophisticated banking issues in KSA.
Sharif Akkad has worked on many construction agreements, development agreements, construction supervision agreement, consultancy and technical services agreements, contracting agreements and numerous sophisticated FIDIC Contracts.
Sharif Akkad has pleaded many cases and arbitration disputes in connection with commercial, banking, civil, labor, and intellectual property disputes before all courts and judicial committees in Saudi Arabia.

Sharif F. Akkad has appeared in many local and international seminars and events speaking on topics such as Islamic contracts, Islamic finance and franchise agreements.

Sharif Akkad is a regular speaker at the Saudi Chamber of Commerce & Industry and has spoken in seminars at Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Riyadh, Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Jeddah, Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Madinah and Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Makkah since 2005.

Sharif was the only Saudi speaker at the Gulf Franchise Expo (the Expo will have speakers form UK, Germany, France, Malaysia, Egypt, Bahrain, Qatar, India) which was the largest Franchise Expo in the GCC States, and was held in Manama, Bahrain in April 2006.

Sharif Akkad was the only Saudi speaker at the Franchise Middle East Expo [“FME”] held in Dubai, which is the largest Franchise Expo in the Middle East and North Africa held in Dubai, UAE, March 2007, the FME held in Dubai, UAE, May 2008, the FME held in Dubai, UAE, March 2009 and the FME held in Dubai, UAE, March 2010.

Sharif was the only lawyer speaking at the International Conference and Expo for Franchise, which is the second largest Franchise Expo in the Middle East and GCC States held in Riyadh, KSA, June 2008.

He regularly writes on franchise matters in international and local journals and in the print media.
Sharif Akkad has written a draft paper on the Saudi franchise law as per the instructions of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Riyadh, which is currently being reviewed by the Deputy Minister of Commerce and Industry. The paper codifies the law of Franchising.

Mr. Akkad due to his knowledge and experience in franchising and intellectual property matters has been asked to contribute, among other 13 lawyers worldwide, in a publication titled “In Good Company, Managing Intellectual Property Issues in Franchising” to the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO), which is the most important intellectual property organization worldwide and also monitoring the most important intellectual property conventions (Paris and Berne). This publication is considered as a source of knowledge regarding intellectual property in franchising matters by businessman and professionals worldwide. Mr. Akkad holds the esteem of being the only Attorney from the Middle East to be a part of this dynamic group.


 Adam F. Sarelis (Legal Consultant)

  • Mobile #: +966 (0)562 700-217
  • e-mail:
  • Education:
    • MSc, Masters of Science in International Business Strategy, University of London  Birkbeck University, London, United Kingdom, 2010

    • L.L.M., Master of Law in European Business Law, University of Essex, Essex, United Kingdom, 2008
    • The Honorable Society of Lincolns INN, United Kingdom, 2009 (Called at the Bar of England and Wales as a Barrister)
    • L.L.B., (Hons.), Bachelor of Laws in English Law, University of Essex, Essex, United Kingdom, 2007
  • Admitted:
    • Solicitors Regulation Authority, United Kingdom, 2009
  • Practice:
    • International commercial transactions, corporate, franchise and commercial agencies matters, foreign investment laws, joint ventures and hotel operation management agreements and commercial arbitration
  • Experience:
    • (Legal Consultant), MAK, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, November 2015 – present
    • (Legal Consultant), Osama S. Yamani Law Office, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, January 2015 – October 2015 
    • (Legal Consultant), Model Craft of Al Gihaz Holding, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 2014 – January 2015
    • (Legal Trainee Consultant), Kandarelis & Co., London, United Kingdom, August 2008 – January 2011
    • (Summer Internship), Law Office of Hassan Mahassni, JeddahSaudi Arabia, 1 July 2006 – 30 September 2006 and 1 July 2007 – 15 September 2007 

Adam has been a member of MAK’s legal team since November 2015 assisting the firm’s in international business law matters as well as the development of international business and clients.   


During his work in MAK, Adam has gained local-specific legal experience in the following commercial and corporate legal matters: joint ventures; franchise, agency and distributorship matters; management agreements (cross border and national); as well as foreign investment strategy including corporate (re)structuring of mixed capital limited liability companies. His postgraduate degrees in both EU business law and international business strategy provide him with a practical insight to better understand the needs and requirements of clients.


Adam reviews, drafts and consults on master franchise, area development, single unit franchise, distributorship and commercial agency agreements, and variations thereof. He has worked on variety of such agreements including restaurants, foods, garments, home furnishings, construction products and pharmaceuticals. 


Adam has worked on and assisted international and local clients in merger and acquisition transactions, joint ventures and reorganization of corporate structures in Saudi Arabia.  


By way of example, Adam has worked as local council for the merger of an Indonesian government-owned company and a leading KSA company. This project included carrying out legal due diligence on the KSA company, providing an overview of the KSA laws and regulations relating to the transactions, as well offering viable and pragmatic strategic solutions with regards to the corporate structure of the merger in KSA.  


Additionally, Adam was the lead consultant in structuring and establishing a joint venture LLC company between a mixed-capital KSA company and fully Saudi owned company. The purpose of the joint venture is the provision of electronic marketing kiosks to be installed in all shopping centers of Arabian Centers in Saudi Arabia. This project included advising on the corporate and commercial structure, drafting of a joint venture operating agreement, as well as drafting contracts for the provisions of goods and services, management agreement and license user agreements.  


Adam also drafts, consults and reviews management agreements of a various natures and values; for example, this includes having worked on pre-opening consultancy and management agreements for intentional valued hotel brands for the establishment of 300 key room hotels in KSA, as well as smaller scale management agreement such as between a UAE service provider for the setting up and operation of full service physiotherapy clinic owned by a Saudi holding company.  


Some notable clients and projects for which Adam has provided legal services include, Riyadh Metro, Head Quarter Business Park, Jeddah Economy Company (JEC), Arabian Centers Company Ltd, Wing Zone, Missoni Home, Al Gihaz Holding, the Saudi Art Council.


Adam is always eager to work closely with his clients to find viable legal solutions to practical business matters. 


Shaimaa Albani (Legal Consultant)

  • Nationality: Saudi 
  • Mobile #: +966 (0) 563-277333
  • e-mail:
  • Education:
    • L.L.B., Dar Al-Hekma University, School of Law, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 2013
  • Practice:
    • Corporate, commercial, labor and intellectual property law
  • Experience:
    • (Legal Consultant), Mikwar, Akkad & Metawea Law Firm (“MAK”), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 2014 – present
    • (Trainee Lawyer), Alsindi Law Firm, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, June 2013 – June 2014
    • (Legal Internship), National Commercial Bank, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia February – March 2013

Miss. Shaimaa Faisal Atbani has experience in corporate and commercial law. Miss Atbani has worked on many local and international agreements such as franchising, corporate guarantees, shareholder’s agreements, partnership agreements, and provided legal consultation in most of the above areas. Miss Atbani reviewed various contracts relating to corporate and commercial projects. Miss Atbani also worked and assisted advising in commercial papers and due diligence.


Miss Atbani was involved in the incorporation of several companies including start-ups in KSA, and worked with foreign investors to operate their projects in KSA through SAGIA.


Miss Atbani handled and prepared many employment contracts, legal memorandums, and provided legal consultation in relation to KSA labor law and labor disputes.


Miss Atbani worked in several IP matters, including consultation, and the registration of Trademarks in KSA.

Sohib Emam (Senior Associate)

  • Nationality: Saudi
  • Mobile #: +966 (0) 543-667543
  • e-mail:
  • Education:
    • L.L.B., King Abdulaziz University, Faculty of Economics & Administration “Law Division”, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 2010 
  • Admitted:
    • Practicing Lawyer, Ministry of Justice, Saudi Arabia, 1998
  • Practice:
    • Commercial, corporate, labour, litigation and other governmental matters
  • Experience:
    • (Senior Associate), MAK, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, March 2013 – present.
    • (Trainee Lawyer), Hamad Fallatah & AbduAllah Mourad Law Firm, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, from 2010 till February 2013


Abdul Mageed Al-Malki (Attorney at Law)

  • Nationality: Saudi
  • Mobile #: +966 (0)535 023-699
  • e-mail:
  • Education:
    • L.L.M., Master of Law, Mauer School of Law in Indiana UniversityIndianaUnited Stated of America, 2016

    • Intensive English Courses, University of California, CaliforniaUnited Stated of America, 2014
    • L.L.B., Bachelor of Law, King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 2012
  • Member:
    • American Bar Association, 2014
    • Middle Eastern Law Students Association, 2013
  • Practice:
    • Commercial, corporate, labour, litigation and other governmental matters
  • Experience:
    • (Attorney at Law), MAK, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 2016 – present
    • (Trainee Lawyer), Abdulaziz Al Batil Law Firm, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, July-December 2016
    • (Legal Internship), Taiser Elmohaws Law Office, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, January 2011-December 2012

Mr. AbdulMajeed is a young bilingual Saudi attorney, with a strong initial record in litigation and client representation before competent KSA courts and bodies with regards to commercial and labour matters. 


Mr. AbdulMajeed has handled and prepared many employment contracts as well as legal memorandums and reports relating to KSA labour law, disputes and matters. Furthermore, he has worked and advised on various local and international agreements and matters, including franchising agreements, agency agreements, distribution agreements, foreign investment maters, real estate transactions and the incorporation of KSA companies whose capital is owned by foreign and/or Saudi investors.    


Mr. AbdulMajeed is the newest recruit of MAK, and has proven to be a passionate and resourceful attorney, with a knack for creative results.


Ahmad Ibrahem (Office Manager)

  • Nationality: Egyptian
  • Mobile #: +966 (0) 503-926554
  • e-mail:
  • Education:
    • Bachelor of Accounting, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt, 2007
  • Practice:
    • Administrative affairs and accounting and auditing matters
  • Experience:
    • (Office Manager), MAK, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 2012 – present
    • Al-Mira Company, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 2008 - 2012
    • Ocean Foods Factory, Alexandria, Egypt, 2007-2008