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LLB (Hons), LLM, PhD in Law: focuses on financial and securities regulations, investment policy, law, finance and technology; combining practical and theoretical insights.

Prior to start in higher education, by undertaking a Ph.D. at Queen’s University Belfast, Saad worked as a qualified lawyer for the GCC countries and an independent legal consultant in Kuwait, Qatar and Dubai for more than 45 companies and capital market authorities. Saad has a practical understanding of law and extensive experience in the legal profession. He is the CEO of Al-Dar Law Firm. Saad has been working as legal consultant and business analyst for more than 45 companies and contributed to a corporate restructuring of legal and financial terms of many companies in Kuwait, Dubai and Qatar with a particular focus on the global financial crisis consequences of 2007–2008, which increased his ability to become a board member of various companies. 

Over the years—as legal, finance and technology research caught his attention— Saad has applied the practical aspects of more than 12 years of experience as an independent legal consultant to the research field. Saad writes widely in the field of the complexity of corporate law and financial regulation in a number of leading Gulf’s newspapers. His doctoral thesis contribution lies on a comparative study of the securities markets and stock exchanges in the US, UK and emerging markets. He has executing duties as a tutor at QUB and Oxford Academy. Saad has formally been appointed as a “J” Academic V at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of The Commercial Law Centre at Harris Manchester College.


Research Interests

In general, Saad’s working and research interests lie in the complex fields of law, finance and technology, corporate law, financial regulation and finance law. Saad interested in the areas of Fintech l Regtech l Cryptocurrencies l Law and Innovations l Cybersecurity l Venture Capital and Equity Crowdfunding l Artificial Intelligence and Ethics l E-commerce (market and legal design) l Big data l Digital Finance l ICOs l Smart Regulation l Smart Contract, and all that's shaping up the future of Alternative Finance l Foreign Investors Policies l Stock Market & Securities Law l Corporate Governance l Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Law (SMEs) l Entrepreneurs and Startups Regulations l Sharing Economy l Islamic Finance l Islamic Banking Law l Investment Firms and Regulatory Compliance. 

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Research Output

  • 2 Other contribution
  • 1 Article

Pandemic Highlights Need To Reform Shareholder Rights

Alrayes, S. A., 29 Jul 2020, Law360-LexisNexis.

Research output: Other contribution

Open Access
  • Inside the Fall of Dubai Private Equity Firm ‘Abraaj Holdings’: Lessons Drawn

    Alrayes, S. A., 20 Sep 2019, Commercial Law Reform.

    Research output: Other contribution

  • Open Access
  • 252 Downloads (Pure)


    Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy - AFHEA

    Almohammed Alrayes, Saad (Recipient), 2019

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    QUBSU Education Awards

    Almohammed Alrayes, Saad (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • QUBSU Education Awards

    Almohammed Alrayes, Saad (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • The Best External Research Paper Prize

    Almohammed Alrayes, Saad (Recipient), Jun 2017

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    The Commercial Law Centre Workshop

    Saad Almohammed Alrayes (Participant)

    09 Mar 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    University of Oxford

    Saad Almohammed Alrayes (Visiting researcher)

    2020 → …

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

    The Younger Comparativists Committee (YCC) of the American Society of Comparative Law (ASCL). (External organisation)

    Saad Almohammed (Member)

    01 Feb 2018 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of external research organisation

    Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance (Journal)

    Saad Almohammed (Peer reviewer)

    01 Jan 2018 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    The Centre for Business Law and Practice (CBLP) Annual Conference, University of Leeds

    Saad Almohammed (Presenter)

    20 Nov 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference