In September 2017, CMS formally entered the Saudi Arabian market through a partnership with Feras Al Shawaf, a Saudi Arabian law firm based in Riyadh. We now have one of the most extensive footprints in the Middle East. With the expansion into Saudi Arabia, the largest economy in the Middle East, CMS is now connecting key business locations across the region.
With clients undertaking transformational projects as part of the National Transform Programme 2020 and Vision 2030, Feras Al Shawaf and CMS will bring their expertise together to better service those clients' needs. Our Riyadh office can now offer our local and regional clients access to more than 4,500 lawyers worldwide who can support them with their business.
We seek to provide quality legal advice that is commercial and which adds value to our clients. Our knowledge of Saudi Arabian Law and ability and speed of turn-around ensures that we provide our clients with quality legal advice that is cost-effective and represents value for money. Our ability to retain long-term clients and our excellent relations with large corporate clients, high net worth individuals and key Governmental agencies, is evidence of the quality of our work.
The merger of CMS, Nabarro and Olswang has brought together legacy CMS and Nabarro offices in the Middle East, providing a platform to export our expertise across the region. As a result, we've added to our market-leading sector expertise in Energy with an equally strong focus on Technology, Media and Telecommunications Infrastructure, Funds, Real Estate, Healthcare, Education, and Hospitality, growth areas for Saudi Arabia and the region.