Partner & Managing Director
Monaji is Partner and Managing Director of Zamakhchary & Co and has a broad practice covering corporate, finance, litigation and regulatory matters. Before becoming a partner in Zamakhchary & Co, Monaji worked in Allen & Overy.
Monaji was sponsored to study abroad from a young age as part of the Aramco talent CDPNE programme. He received his graduate LLB from Nottingham Law School and an LLM in International Law from the University of Wales. He conducts his EMBA studies in INSEAD and takes a keen interest in Shari’ah law.
In his role as Managing Director, Monaji has developed an exclusive working relationship with Linklaters which continues to thrive until today.
Monaji’s core focus is on commercial risk analysis and the strategic management of contentious situations and disputes.
In corporate and commercial contexts, Monaji is well-versed in both the local Shari’ah principles underpinning the Saudi legal system, as well as Commonwealth principles which form the basis of commercial agreements and structures. He is therefore skilled at carrying out a constant comparison exercise between the two systems, and being able to work closely with the team to ensure that all questions are asked and fully addressed.
In litigation, Monaji has worked on setting and implementing the strategy for a number of highly complex disputes, including managing multiple actions in different court jurisdictions against one party arising from the same circumstances; defending against a campaign of allegations and claims of anti-competitive behaviour; and enforcing international judgments and arbitration awards worth up to US$2 billion. As he is fully bilingual, Monaji is able to work efficiently in both the local litigation and international contexts, enabling him to provide the highest quality strategic guidance and advice to international clients.
Given this background, Monaji has been instrumental in developing the firm as a truly unique service-provider for commercial litigation in the Kingdom, and under his management the Firm has won awards for its litigation offering, including Commercial Litigation Law Firm of the Year, Saudi Arabia.
Martin is qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales and has considerable experience of advising clients in a wide range of matters including corporate and commercial, capital markets, finance and foreign investments, with a particular emphasis on corporate acquisitions and joint ventures.
He is Head of our Transactions and Advisory practice and his previous experience includes working in London for Slaughter and May and Barclays Group.
Martin received his law degree from the University of Oxford, BA in Jurisprudence.
Sarah Gonem is a Partner at Zamakhchary & Co manages the firm’s Risk-Management and Advisory practice. She joined the firm from Squire Sanders in London, and has 11 years’ experience in commercial law.
Sarah received her LLB Degree (First Class) from the University of Southampton and completed the Legal Practice Course (with Distinction) at the College of Law, London.
Sarah’s core practice is in commercial litigation and commercial relations. She works within the transactions and advisory team to review, draft and negotiate relevant commercial agreements, including distribution and agency agreements, service agreements, and joint venture structures and agreements.
Being fully bilingual, Sarah also works closely with our litigators, where she is heavily involved in project-managing the execution of strategy in high-value commercial actions.
Fahad is a Partner at Zamakhchary & Co where he heads up our Commercial Litigation practice. He has more than 12 years of experience in corporate, commercial and finance litigation.
Before joining Zamakhchary & Co, Fahad worked in AlRajhi Bank as Litigation Manager, where he was responsible for managing multiple complex financial disputes and enforcement actions.
He has also previously worked as a legal consultant in the Committee for Resolution of Securities Disputes at the Capital Market Authority, dealing specifically in securities cases, banking cases, finance disputes and related matters.
Fahad’s extensive knowledge and experience in corporate regulatory affairs and commercial litigation, along with his trusted contacts and networks within relevant corporate regulatory bodies, make him an ideal project manager for any complex commercial dispute.