Minister of Finance Dr Ibrahim Al-Assaf, in his capacity as Chairman of the Board of the Public Investment Fund (PIF), together with Minister of Transport Dr. Jubarah Al-Suraiseri, who is Chairman of the Board of the Saudi Railways Organization (SRO), have signed the legal advisory services contract for the railway expansion program with the international London-based law firm Linklaters in association with the Saudi law office of Abdulaziz H. Fahd.
The Supreme Economic Council (SEC) has approved SRO as the executing agency for an expansion program that consists of two new rail projects:
The implementation and privatization of the railway expansion program will be based on the BOT (Build, Operate, Transfer) model, granting investors the right to operate the expanded network and collect revenues for a specified duration after which ownership will be transferred to the Saudi Government. The selection of the legal advisors was carried out through open tenders based on quality and cost criteria, with seven firms short-listed from a total of 34 interested parties. Linklaters is a widely-recognized leading international law firm.
The signing of the agreement follows last month’s signing of the financial and technical advisory services agreement with an international consortium comprising London’s UBS Investment Bank, SNCFI of France, and the National Commercial Bank (NCB) in the Kingdom. SRO will announce in due course a schedule of road shows to provide a convenient forum for dialogue with prospective investors.