John Beaumont advises on the conduct of business in Saudi Arabia. He has been based in Saudi Arabia since 2001 and helps domestic and international clients transact business and undertake projects in the Kingdom. His experience includes a wide range of work, including antitrust, arbitration, capital markets, compliance, foreign investment, government contracts, intellectual property, joint ventures, M&A, projects, restructurings, and matters involving the telecom industry.
Since relocating to Riyadh, John has gained broad experience with the Saudi public sector and has assisted clients in their dealings with the Saudi Ministry of Defense, the Royal Saudi Air Force, the General Authority for Civil Aviation, the Communication and Information Technologies Commission, the Capital Market Authority, the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority, the Ministry of Commerce and Investment, the Council for Competition, the Council for Cooperative Health Insurance, the Electricity and Co-generation Regulatory Authority, the Saudi Food and Drug Authority, and other Saudi government agencies. He also has gained considerable experience assisting clients with joint ventures, particularly between international and Saudi partners.
John has written a variety of articles on Saudi law and the business environment in Saudi Arabia. He is a frequent speaker to business delegations visiting Saudi Arabia and has spoken on Saudi law and the Saudi business environment at conferences in the United States and on podcasts for U.S. business associations.
The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.
Advised a manufacturer in connection with its sale of weapons fuzes to the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Defense.
Advised an international defense contractor in connection with the creation of a Saudi joint venture.
Advised a global provider of airport operations management systems in its contracts with the Saudi Arabian General Authority of Civil Aviation.
Advised a Saudi government agency in the negotiation and drafting of a 10-year, SAR 150 million BOOT contract.
Advised a manufacturer of refrigeration and air conditioning systems in connection with the creation of a Saudi manufacturing joint venture.
- August 2017Saudi Council of Ministers Approves 100% Foreign Ownership of Engineering Consultancies
- June 2017MENA Countries Sever Ties with Qatar
- June 2017Tax Law Changes in Saudi Arabia
- March 2017Saudi Ministry of Labor Restricts Redundancy Terminations
- September 2016Update on the New Saudi Arabian Companies Law and SAGIA Announcements
- University of Reading, U.K. (Dip. Arb. 1994 [postgraduate diploma in arbitration]); University of Wales, U.K. (LL.M. 1994); University of Alberta, Canada (LL.B. 1990; B.A. 1987)
- Alberta, Canada