Michael Maloney has worked in Saudi Arabia for more than nine years advising local and international clients in complex commercial arrangements. He has handled cross-border M&A, divestitures, strategic joint ventures, corporate restructurings, and petrochemical and industrial projects and has acted for leading U.S., European, Japanese, and Saudi businesses on inbound and outbound foreign direct investments. He has particular experience in negotiating and advising on joint ventures, technology licenses, governance rules, noncompete arrangements, and complicated investment exit strategies.

Having lived in New York City and Tokyo prior to moving to Riyadh and later the Kingdom's oil rich industrial center of the Eastern Province, Michael understands global businesses and the unique culture and ways of doing business in not just Saudi Arabia but other countries. He has worked in each of Jones Day's Saudi Arabian offices since the Firm returned to the Kingdom in 2011 and is now based in the Alkhobar Office, with a regular presence in Washington and New York as well.

Michael has recently advised on transactions in the Kingdom's rapidly expanding industrial, military, and consumer sectors and led Jones Day teams in advising foreign and local clients in transactions in the petrochemical, FMCG, EPC, and military technologies industries.

Michael is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the American Business Group of Riyadh, the American Business Group of the Eastern Province, and the American Chamber of Commerce Bahrain.


  • Consortium of Marafiq, Amwal, and Veolia develop large Independent Sewage Treatment Plant in Saudi ArabiaJones Day advised the consortium of sponsors consisting of The Power and Water Utility Company for Jubail and Yanbu (Marafiq), AlAmwal AlKhaleejiah AlThaniya, and Veolia Middle East, in connection with the project close and financial close of the Jeddah Airport 2 Independent Sewage Treatment Plant Project located in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Saudi industrial company proposes disposal of certain business assetsJones Day is representing a Saudi industrial company, active in the plastics sector, on the proposed disposal of certain business assets.
  • Saudi trading group reviews contractual arrangements relating to development of industrial plant in Yanbu, Saudi ArabiaJones Day is advising a major Saudi trading group on its contractual arrangements with an international energy company for the development and financing of an industrial plant to be constructed in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia.
  • Ingram Micro acquires Arabian Applied TechnologyJones Day advised Ingram Micro Inc. (a Fortune 100 company) in the acquisition of the business assets of Arabian Applied Technology, the largest value added technology distributor in Saudi Arabia.
  • A. Schulman enters joint venture with National Petrochemical Industrial Company of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to produce polypropylene compounds in Saudi ArabiaJones Day advised A. Schulman, Inc. in its 50-50 joint venture formation of NATPET-Schulman Engineering Plastic Compounds, a joint venture with National Petrochemical Industrial Company of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, a subsidiary of Alujain Corporation, for the production and global sale of polypropylene compounds.
  • Ali Zaid Alquraishi and Brothers establishes International Biscuits in joint venture with United BiscuitsJones Day represented Ali Zaid Alquraishi and Brothers Company (AZAQ), in the establishment of International Biscuits Company, a Saudi joint venture company formed with UK based United Biscuits.
  • TALKE and NewPort form joint venture NewPort Saudi Arabia to support Middle East chemical industryJones Day advised Talke Group in the formation of NewPort Saudi Arabia Ltd, a joint venture with NewPort Tank Containers, to support the growing chemical industry in the Middle East.
  • Japanese based multi-national establishes presence in Saudi Arabia to pursue energy recoveryJones Day advised a Japanese based, international engineering and contracting company on requirements for doing business in Saudi Arabia and assisted the company in establishing a licensed presence in Saudi Arabia to conduct business in the oil, renewable energy, and energy recovery and conservation sectors.
  • Middle East international trading and distribution business advised on anti-competition lawsJones Day advised an international trading and distribution business with operations throughout the wider Middle East on the principles and enforcement of anti-competition laws, with a focus on the Saudi Competition Law, and presented to the executives and key employees of the company a training seminar on best practices to avoid anti-competitive behavior and ensure compliance.
  • Global industrial services company seeks advice on FCPA issues in Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaJones Day provided counsel to a worldwide industrial services and engineered solutions company with respect to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and UK Bribery Act (UKBA) issues in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, including advising on the development of the company's existing internal compliance controls and the creation and implementation of supplemental anticorruption compliance program components.
  • PolyOne expands globalization with new Middle East joint ventureJones Day advised PolyOne Corporation in the formation of a joint venture with E.A. Juffali & Brothers Company Limited that will enable PolyOne to expand its Global Color, Additives and Inks business into the Middle East.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • May 17-18, 2011
      The Euromoney Saudi Arabia Conference
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