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DLA Piper becomes first global law firm with truly pan-Nordic presence

DLA Piper will join with leading Finnish law firm, Peltonen LMR, and integrate more closely with its existing office in Sweden, formerly known as DLA Nordic, as of 1 February 2016. As a result, DLA Piper will have three offices (including its existing office in Oslo, Norway) and more than 200 lawyers in the region, making it the first global law firm with a truly pan-Nordic presence.

 

 

This will enable the firm to offer clients an unparalleled capability in the Nordics and access to legal services which can meet their needs domestically, regionally and globally. Across the region, the firm has strong industry capability in each of its key sectors, including: Financial Services; Technology; Energy; and Real Estate, as well as in the Infrastructure & Construction sector.

 

 

 
Simon Levine, Global Co-CEO of DLA Piper, said: “We are very pleased to welcome the partners and staff of Peltonen LMR to DLA Piper and to enhance our capability in the important Nordic region.  As part of our vision to be the leading global business law firm, a key part of strategy is to operate in all the major world economies and other important markets where our clients are based or do business.

 

 

 

“Together, the Nordic countries rank as a G20 economic entity and the region is home to some major international corporates. Many of our existing clients do business in the Nordic region and we believe they will benefit from our enhanced presence there.”

 

 

The Nordic region will form part of DLA Piper’s EMEA practice which is led by Co-Managing Directors, Barbara van Hussen and Juan Picon.

 

 

Juan Picon added: “We are excited at the prospect of being able to offer the market a true pan-Nordic capability. Frankly, we were surprised that no other firm has succeeded in developing such a capability and having talked to our clients and other institutions who operate across the region, we believe that the market will respond positively to what we are doing.”

Shardul Amarchand appoint AZB’s Debashree Dutta as Banking Partner

AZB & Partners senior associate Debashree Dutta will join Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas’ (SAM) Mumbai office as a partner, focusing on banking, Legally India has reliably learned.

 

Dutta began her career at ICICI Bank’s in-house team in 2007 after graduating from ILS Pune. She completed an MSc in law and finance from Oxford University’s Said Business School in 2010, after which she joined AZB’s finance teams.

 

SAM Mumbai managing partner Akshay Chudasama was not reachable for comment at the time of going to press.

 

We have reached out to AZB and Dutta for comment. UPDATE: AZB’s Zia Mody commented in an email: “We wish Debashree all the very best. We were very happy to have her with us. We are sure she will shine in her new role.”

 

Chudasama, who was a senior partner at J Sagar Associates (JSA) and a partner at AZB before joining SAM, had landed a coup in poaching AZB corporate partner Shuva Mandal late last year.

 

SAM’s Mumbai office was around 80 lawyers strong last month, with space enough to expand to 140 in its more than Rs 50 lakh rent Nariman Point office space.

Allen & Overy boosts U.S. securities practice with new partner David Flechner

David joins Allen & Overy from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where he has spent the last 10 years in the firm’s New York, London and Paris offices. David represents issuers and underwriters in SEC-registered and private offerings of debt and equity securities, predominantly focusing on Latin America. He also advises foreign issuers on their ongoing SEC reporting obligations and corporate governance matters.

 
David is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and has extensive experience advising clients on financing transactions in Latin America including in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and Argentina. Bruno Soares, head of the firm’s São Paulo office, said, “David is an outstanding lawyer with an exceptional track record of advising clients in Latin America. His fluency in Portuguese and Spanish, combined with his cultural awareness, make him a particularly exciting addition to the practice.”

 
David also has experience advising issuers and underwriters in high yield bond offerings, SEC-registered and unregistered equity IPOs, follow-ons and rights offerings.

 
David’s appointment is in line with the firm’s strategy to grow its U.S. securities practice, which currently comprises 24 partners. David Benton, Co-head of Allen & Overy’s Global International Capital Markets group, said, “We are excited about David joining us. U.S. securities expertise is at the heart of many of the international financial transactions that we are involved in and this addition further strengthens the offering we provide to our clients.”

 
David Krischer, U.S. managing partner, said, “David is a great addition to our U.S. law offering globally. His reputation as a leading U.S. securities lawyer, and his fluent language capabilities, will be in high demand from our Latin American clients. We are delighted to welcome him to A&O.”

 
David received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and his B.A. from Yale University.

K&L Gates Names 50 New Partners

The partners of global law firm K&L Gates LLP have voted to elect the following 50 lawyers from across four continents to the firm’s partnership, effective March 1, 2016.

 
Grace Fan-Delatour is a new partner in Beijing. She advises major Chinese state-owned clients and others on energy matters involving cross-border transactions in North and South America, Southeast Asia, and Africa, and also represents multinational corporations in China on a variety of complex projects.

 
Anja Rösch was named partner in the firm’s Berlin office. Rösch focuses her practice on advising on real estate transactions, tenancy and public building law, and tax matters.

 
Lindsay Bishop, David Christensen, Jennifer Janeira Nagle, and Phi Lan Tinsley were named partners in K&L Gates’ Boston office. Both Christensen and Nagle are members of the firm’s financial institutions and services litigation practice and also handle class action litigation defense, while Bishop focuses her practice in the areas of complex commercial disputes and insurance coverage. Tinsley counsels and litigates in the field of intellectual property rights, with a focus on trademark, trade dress, copyright, and unfair competition matters.

 
In Charleston, Jennifer Thiem and Brian Wildstein were named partners. Thiem represents companies and individuals in commercial disputes, trade secret misappropriation, and insurance coverage matters. Wildstein advises developers, lenders, landlords, and nonprofit organizations in real estate and resort development, acquisition, financing, restructuring, and leasing matters.

 
Patrick Rogers has been named partner in the firm’s Charlotte office, where he advises on securities, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters.

 
In Chicago, Lauren Donahue, Nolan Hubbard, and Benjamin Weed have been named partners. Donahue represents clients in complex civil litigation, government enforcement, and white collar criminal defense matters, particularly in the areas of antitrust, cartel, and trade regulation. Hubbard and Weed are both patent lawyers who focus on patent prosecution, litigation, counseling, opinion work, and due diligence.

 
Desiree Moore is a new commercial disputes partner in the Doha office, advising on matters involving intellectual property, entertainment, product liability, labor and employment, art law, and class action defense.

 
In Houston, Jonathan Hoff and David Sweeney have been named partners in the energy practice. Hoff’s practice includes U.S. and international transactions in the energy and maritime sectors, with a particular focus on oil and gas and other commodity trading, derivative transactions, and energy commodity risk management. Sweeney advises on a broad range of U.S. and international oil and gas and other natural resource and infrastructure transactions, but has particular experience in onshore and offshore oil and gas operating agreements and in the structuring and negotiation of joint development and participation arrangements in the oil and gas sector.

 
Feroze Abbas, Rajeev Joshi, and Andrew Massey were named partners in the firm’s London office. Abbas advises on planning and environmental law, local government authority, and housing regulation; Joshi focuses on real estate investment, development, and finance work for institutional investors, foreign investors, and financial institutions; and Massey advises a diverse range of financial service institutions on financial services law and regulation as a member of the firm’s investment management and funds practice.

 
In Los Angeles, Christina Goodrich has been named partner. Goodrich’s litigation practice focuses on matters involving intellectual property, writs and appeals, federal practice, commercial disputes, and labor and employment.

 
Steven Wulff is a new partner in the Melbourne office, where he prepares and prosecutes domestic and international patent applications spanning a broad array of technologies.

 
In Miami, Stephanie Moot has been named partner. Moot focuses her commercial disputes practice on Title III ADA public accommodations and defends class action and individual lawsuits for clients across various industries.

 
Vittorio Salvadori di Wiesenhoff is a new partner in Milan, where he advises on the tax aspects of financial transactions, corporate reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and real estate deals.

 
Tara Pehush has been named partner in the firm’s New York office. She concentrates her practice on litigation matters in the commercial, toxic tort, product liability, and insurance areas.

 
In Newark, George Barbatsuly, Dawn Lamparello, and Loly Tor were all named partners. Barbatsuly counsels in and litigates a wide variety of employment and labor law issues, while Lamparello concentrates her practice in environmental law, including related litigation and regulatory compliance work. Tor focuses on civil litigation, arbitration, and appellate matters, primarily in the areas of product liability and construction and commercial litigation.

 
Caitlin Blanche, Frank Dworak, and Brent Johnson are new partners in K&L Gates’ Orange County office. Blanche’s practice focuses on product liability, representing manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, food and beverage, apparel, and other consumer products. Dworak represents clients in transactional tax matters including partnerships, mergers, acquisitions, family office, financings, fund formation, insolvency, and executive compensation, while Johnson focuses his intellectual property practice on patent prosecution, due diligence, and client counseling.

 
Jackson Ho is a new IP litigation partner in the Palo Alto office, where he advises on patent litigation matters involving a wide array of technologies, including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, malware detection systems, and medical devices.

 
Claude-Étienne Armingaud has been named partner in the firm’s Paris office. A member of the firm’s commercial transactions and outsourcing practice, Armingaud represents public and private companies in the areas of information technologies and intellectual property.

 
In Pittsburgh, David Fusco has been named a new partner. Fusco focuses his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, product liability, and toxic tort, with significant experience implementing national defense strategies in mass tort claims throughout the U.S.
In the Raleigh office, Suzanne Allaire and Camden Betz are both new real estate investment, development, and finance partners. Allaire works on the acquisition and development of residential subdivisions and planned communities, while Betz advises on commercial real estate matters including the financing, acquisition, development, management, and disposition of hotels, office building, and shopping centers.

 
Darlene Davis was named a partner in the Research Triangle Park office. Davis represents academic medical centers, health systems, hospitals, home health agencies, hospices, nursing homes, and ancillary suppliers on provider enrollment issues and a wide range of licensure, certification, and other regulatory and transactional matters.

 
In San Francisco, Jocelyn Belloni, SoniaGioseffi, and Rikki Sapolich have been named partners. Belloni counsels clients on brand protection and intellectual property disputes, focusing on managing global trademark portfolios and enforcement programs. As a member of the firm’s investment management practice, Gioseffi’s experience includes a variety of regulatory, transactional, and counseling matters involving state and federal securities laws. Sapolich’s practice concentrates on employee benefits and compensation, with experience in retirement plans, executive employment and severance arrangements, and equity based compensation plans.

 
J. Timothy Hobbs, Naomi Ogan, and Ankur Tohan were named partners in Seattle. Hobbs focuses his practice on antitrust law and litigation and trade regulation, in addition to litigating and counseling on fisheries. Ogan concentrates on corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings, and securities offerings; and Tohan counsels on matters such as energy infrastructure, natural resource development, compliance, and the defense of governmental and citizen enforcement actions.

 
Cindy Hong is a new partner in the firm’s Shanghai office. Hong concentrates her practice on matters involving investigations and compliance, and also advises multinational companies on their China corporate operations.

 
In Singapore, Ashish Chugh has been named partner. Chugh has broad experience in international arbitration and cross-border commercial disputes, representing parties in a wide range of industries, including commodities, construction, energy, hospitality, oil & gas, stationery, and telecommunications. He is qualified to practice law in India, New York, England and Wales, and Singapore.

 
Lucy Williams was named partner in the firm’s Sydney office, where she advises on complex commercial disputes in a variety of industries, including insurance, finance, property, energy and resources, and environmental consulting.

 
Rafal Morek and Patrycja Zawirska were named partners in Warsaw. Morek advises clients on construction and dispute resolution matters before state courts and arbitral tribunals, as well as in negotiation and mediation. Zawirska focuses her practice on the various aspects of employment and labor law, including significant experience in collective labor laws and the representation of employers in trade union matters.

 
In Washington, D.C., Karishma Page, Lauren Pryor, Sandra Safro, and Nicole Trudeau have all been named partners. Page focuses her federal policy practice on tax, financial services, retirement security, and health care issues; Pryor counsels clients on general corporate and business transactional matters including in regards to mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and transfers of assets; Safro’s practice involves regulatory, policy, and transactional matters related to natural gas, liquefied natural gas, and oil; and Trudeau represents investment companies, other pooled investment vehicles, and their independent board members on matters under U.S. federal securities laws.

Firm Launches One of the First Funds Investing in Iran

International law firm Simmons & Simmons has acted on the restructuring of the Sturgeon Central Asia Fund, to enable it to be one of the first funds to invest in Iran.

 
Although the repeal of pre-existing sanctions is good news for those wanting to do business with Iran, restrictions still apply – it’s a case of fewer sanctions, not ‘no sanctions’. As a practical matter, banks and financial institutions have been nervous about committing themselves to support transactions with Iran, whether as service providers, financiers or simply moving money. Whilst many more transactions can now be undertaken with Iran there are still obstacles to be overcome in facilitating investment and capital flows in what is, for foreign investors, very much an emerging and high risk market.

 
Since the announcement last year that sanctions were likely to be lifted, Simmons & Simmons has been advising clients on how to position themselves for the removal of sanctions and what business can be done in Iran prior to their being lifted, using Simmons & Simmons’ sanctions team and the dedicated capability of its overseas network, particularly in the Middle East. The restructuring of the Sturgeon Central Asia Fund allowed Simmons & Simmons’ client, Sturgeon Capital, to commence investment in Iran in a manner that complied with pre-existing sanctions, giving it a head start and positioning it for liberalisation.

 
Commenting on the launch of the fund, partner Dale Gabbert said, “We are pleased to have helped Sturgeon Capital launch an Iran-focused fund product immediately prior to the lifting of sanctions, so that they are amongst the first to benefit from the growth story as that market opens.”

 
Taco Sieburgh Sjoerdsma, Compliance and AML Director of Sturgeon Capital continued: “Simmons & Simmons help has been invaluable in constructing a comprehensive sanctions policy for our firm and complying with regulations in multiple jurisdictions. They have proven themselves to be a strong partner in what was and remains a complex legislative framework with a myriad of unforeseen implementation problems.”

 
The Simmons & Simmons team was led by funds partner Dale Gabbert with assistance from funds associate, Claire Barnes, along with partner and sanctions specialist, Stephen Gentle.

Orrick Announces Seven More Houston Office Partners

Orrick announced the opening of its Houston office last month. With this latest group, the Houston office comprises 22 lawyers from seven different firms.

 

“We are thrilled to build Orrick’s Houston office with such an extraordinarily talented and experienced team of Texas lawyers and to join a world-class law firm that is committed to the Houston market,” said Carlos Treistman, who will serve as Orrick’s Houston Office Leader. “Orrick has tremendous vision, and we are optimistic about the potential for significant growth and becoming a market leader in Houston.”

 

Carlos Treistman, the founder and former co-chair of Morgan Lewis’s Latin America team and former head of its Houston Corporate and Business Transactions practice, will also co-chair, with Rodrigo Dominguez, Orrick’s Latin America practice. Carlos specializes in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other international transactions. Rodrigo is licensed in Mexico, New York and Texas, and counsels clients on Latin America local and cross-border transactions, including opportunities in the Mexican energy sector resulting from Mexico’s recent reform of its hydrocarbon and electricity laws. He also counsels Latin America-origin clients doing business in the United States. They are joined by corporate practitioner Bill Parish, who brings 20 years of corporate, M&A and private equity experience, including energy transactions and cross-border M&A and other transactions throughout Latin America. Bill recently represented a Mexican developer in bids for several natural gas pipeline projects tendered by the Mexican Federal Electricity Commission (CFE).

 
Jonathan Ayre and Joe Roger are energy transactional lawyers focusing in particular on upstream and midstream oil and gas assets, liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects and electric power generation facilities. They have substantial experience in M&A, joint ventures, project development, and construction and other commercial contracts. Jonathan and Joe will enhance Orrick’s expanding Houston energy team and the firm’s 130-lawyer global Energy & Infrastructure practice.
David Ronn, who served as co-leader of McGuireWoods’ Oil and Gas team, focuses on corporate and securities matters for master limited partnerships and other clients in the energy sector. Recognized as a leader in Corporate/M&A work in Texas by Chambers USA, he advises clients on all types of corporate securities offerings and has extensive experience in cross-border oil and gas-related transactions. Barbara de Marigny, a board-certified tax law specialist, focuses on tax structuring for M&A transactions in the energy sector. She has deep knowledge of the tax issues arising in partnership, joint venture and alternative investment structures, including the use of partnership structures for strategic acquisitions. David and Barbara add further depth to Orrick’s capital markets, transactional and tax capabilities, including master limited partnership experience, and enhance the firm’s ability to support clients in key areas such as energy and technology. David will serve as the Houston Office Hiring Partner, responsible for on-campus and lateral associate recruiting.

 

The firm earlier announced that Houston partner Blake H. Winburne will serve as global co-head of the firm’s Energy & Infrastructure Group. The other energy partners who recently joined the Houston office are Dahl Thompson, Matt Archer, Brad Gathright, George Humphrey, Giji John and Darrell Thomas.

 

Blake noted: “Orrick offers a distinctive combination in Houston: top-tier corporate lawyers, with decades of experience in Latin America, combined with a group of leading energy and infrastructure lawyers skilled across a wide variety of asset classes – exploration and production, pipelines and midstream infrastructure, LNG, petchem, electric power and renewables – many of whom regularly work on projects in Latin America.”

 
The other lawyers who have joined Orrick’s Houston office are IP and commercial litigators Claudia Wilson Frost, Jeffrey Johnson and Katherine Treistman and public finance practitioners Todd Brewer, Hoang Vu, Marcus Deitz, Kathryn Garner and J. Kent Friedman.

 
“With our founding partners on board, we are all excited to focus our attention on serving our clients, integrating our teams and further building off this great foundation,” said Orrick Chairman Mitch Zuklie.

Kristo Molina and Fajar Ramadhan Join White & Case’s Associated Law Firm in Indonesia

Global law firm White & Case LLP’s associated law firm in Indonesia, Witara Cakra Advocates (WCA), has added leading Indonesian capital markets and banking lawyers with the arrival of Kristo Molina and Fajar Ramadhan as new partners.

 

“Indonesia is a strategically important market for White & Case in Asia and we are ranked tier 1 among international law firms,” said White & Case partner Eric Berg, Head of Asia. “Kristo and Fajar will strengthen WCA’s capabilities in Jakarta and our ability to provide a ‘one stop shop’ for clients on cross-border deals involving Indonesia.”

 

Kristo’s practice is primarily focused on Indonesian equity capital markets. Fajar focuses his practice on Indonesian banking and debt capital markets. Kristo and Fajar join WCA from Indonesian firm Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung, which works in association with Herbert Smith Freehills. Kristo joins WCA today, 15 February 2016, and Fajar joins on 22 February 2016.

 

“The Indonesian capital markets have historically been very active and include cross-border deals involving domestic IPOs, secondary equity offerings and debt offerings across a range of industries such as natural resources, telecoms and consumer-related industries,” said White & Case partner Kaya Proudian, who heads the Firm’s Asia capital markets practice. “Kristo is a highly regarded capital markets lawyer with extensive experience advising on Indonesian IPOs, listings, rights issues and private placements, and who has strong relationships with international financial institutions.”

 

White & Case partner Guan Feng Chen, Co-Head of the Asian Banking & Restructuring practice, said: “White & Case advises on significant cross-border banking deals involving Indonesia that are originated from our offices in Singapore, Hong Kong and Beijing. Fajar’s arrival will strengthen our ability to offer through WCA a highly competitive Indonesian law capability to complement the service we provide to our clients. He is well regarded in the market and has relationships with international, regional and local banks.”

 

White & Case has been active on Indonesian matters since 1975 and has advised on many of Indonesia’s landmark transactions. The Firm supports Indonesian clients and international clients with business interests in Indonesia through WCA. The association with WCA builds on the Firm’s established and successful Indonesian practice, based primarily in Singapore, which advises on corporate transactions, finance, capital markets, restructuring, projects, disputes and international trade matters.

Mayer Brown establishes German Private Equity practice

Mayer Brown announced today that it is continuing the strategic growth of its Corporate & Securities practice in Germany with the addition of Private Equity partners Julian Lemor and Birgit Hübscher-Alt in the firm’s Frankfurt office. The partners will join Mayer Brown in spring 2016 from King & Wood Mallesons LLP, where Mr. Lemor is currently the leader of that firm’s German corporate department. They both worked for SJ Berwin LLP since 2007, which is now part of King & Wood Mallesons.

 

Mr. Lemor, who will lead Mayer Brown’s German Private Equity practice, and Ms. Hübscher-Alt have longstanding and extensive experience in advising national and international financial investors and management teams with respect to German and international equity investments. With their focus on M&A and corporate law, Mr. Lemor and Ms. Hübscher-Alt are also active in representing family offices and advise on corporate successions as well as complex restructurings, refinancings of company groups and risk insurances with respect to M&A transactions. Mr. Lemor is admitted as a civil notary in Frankfurt and focuses on the notarization of international M&A contracts in this field.

 

With the addition of Mr. Lemor and Ms. Hübscher-Alt, Mayer Brown establishes a strong German pillar for the firm’s global Private Equity practice, particularly complementing its highly-regarded private equity capabilities in London, Paris and New York. Their arrival closely follows the addition of partner Perry Yam, who leads the Private Equity practice in Mayer Brown’s London office.

 

“Adding Julian and Birgit to our team continues our expansion of Mayer Brown’s transactional capabilities in Germany, particularly in the private equity arena,” said Guido Zeppenfeld, partner-in-charge of the firm’s German offices. “The new partners further strengthen our private equity competence on a European and global level.”

 

“We look forward to Julian and Birgit joining the team. They will complement our advisory services in strategically important areas such as private equity,” said Klaus Riehmer, leader of Mayer Brown’s Corporate & Securities practice in Germany. “These moves illustrate the diverse approach of our global Corporate & Securities practice and are an important milestone in the firm’s continued growth.”

 
Within the last year, Mayer Brown has strengthened its transactional capabilities in Germany with the arrival of partner Klaus Riehmer as leader of the firm’s Corporate & Securities practice in Germany (September 2015) and Tax partner Volker Junge (February 2016). In April 2016, partner André Schwanna, Benjamin Büttner and Alexander Täumer will join Mayer Brown’s Corporate & Securities practice in Frankfurt.

Ashurst named Best Renewables Law Firm in Italy

Ashurst has been named ‘Best Renewables Law Firm of the Year’ at the TopLegal Awards, held on 10 February in Milan.

 
The award was made in acknowledgment of Ashurst’s energy team’s expertise in the full spectrum of renewable energy matters including thermopower plants, biomass as well as wind and solar plants, advising major companies, sponsors, investors, financial institutions, banks and operators in the industry. The prize was also given in recognition of the work done on the landmark debt refinancing of Antin Solar, the first project bond in Italy.

Commenting on the award, Milan Energy partner, Carloandrea Meacci, commented:

 
“Our Italian team advises on both regional and international mandates governed by Italian, UK and New York  law, and on both bank and bond financing solutions, which undoubtedly differentiates us in our market. Ashurst’s global platform and capability also allows us to service our clients across their key target jurisdictions. I am delighted that the team’s capabilities and major achievements have been recognised by this award.”

 

Mark Elsey, global head of resources and infrastructure, said:
“I congratulate our Italian team on winning this award. Energy is an area of key strategic focus for the firm and we have been involved in some of the most complex and ground breaking deals in the renewables sector. This reinforces our position operating at the forefront of one of the world’s most dynamic and evolving markets.”

 

Head of Italy, Franco Vigliano, added:
“We are delighted that Ashurst’s expertise in the energy sector has been recognised by the industry in this way. This is a fitting testament to the team’s commitment and market-leading credentials.”
Recent mandates on which Ashurst’s Global Renewables team has advised include:

 
• Enel Green Power on the acquisition of a majority stake in Indian wind and solar power producer BLP Energy, which is one of the largest renewable energy companies in India with wind plants having a total capacity of 172 MW and a portfolio of approximately 600 MW of wind projects in different stages of development.
• ACWA Power on the development and financing of the Noor phases I, II and III concentrated solar power IPP in Ouarzazate, Morocco
• JBIC, NEXI  and the commercial banks on the successful US$129m financing of the Shams Ma’an solar project, Jordan
• Infinis Energy in relation to the development and financing of a portfolio of five onshore wind farm in the UK, with a combined capacity of 52.5MW, and subsequent refinancing of their 300MW operating wind portfolio
• UK Department of Energy and Climate Change on the landmark Swansea Bay tidal lagoon energy project
• The development of the Luapula hydro projects, Zambia DRC

DWF strengthens international capability with senior appointment in Dubai

Legal business DWF has appointed construction, infrastructure and projects director Faisal Attia to the firm’s construction team in Dubai, where he will advise DWF’s developer and construction clients throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Faisal joins from Tamimi & Company in Dubai, where he was a senior associate in the firm’s construction arbitration team, prior to which he acted on high value MENA arbitration as a State Counsel to the Egyptian government.

 

As one of the only Arabic-speaking construction law specialists in the MENA region, Faisal’s practice concentrates on conducting arbitration and litigation for complex construction and commercial disputes for public and private clients. He also advises on the interpretation of local Middle Eastern substantive and procedural laws and has significant experience in resolving construction disputes under various UK and international arbitration rules. Faisal also sits as arbitrator.

 

Recent experience includes acting for a developer in an AED 500million arbitration relating to quality and delays claims under ICC arbitration rules; acting as co-counsel for a contractor in an AED 250million arbitration concerning the construction of a residential development in Dubai; and acting for a subcontractor in an ICC arbitration in connection with the construction of a data centre in Dubai. He also has experience in the energy sector, having advised an Abu Dhabi-based developer on the construction, compliance and liability of a solar plant. As State Counsel, he acted in high-value construction and investor-state disputes and represented Egypt on significant international arbitration claims including a $70million USD construction claim in relation to an Egyptian port.

 

Faisal commented: “With a growing profile in the MENA region and the support of the firm’s national UK construction, infrastructure and projects team, DWF is well placed to help clients capitalise on the increasing opportunities offered by the thriving construction market in the Middle East, and I look forward to helping further develop the range of services and specialisms we can deliver to clients.”

 

Chris Ryan, Managing Partner of DWF’s Dubai office, added: “Faisal is an excellent addition to our team in Dubai, bringing impressive expertise in local law and practice which, combined with the wider capability of our teams in the UK, Ireland and Germany, will allow us to deliver an increasingly comprehensive and multi-jurisdictional service to our construction and developer clients in the MENA region.”

 

DWF launched its Dubai location in early 2015, the firm’s first operation outside of the UK and Ireland, to offer greater support to the firm’s growing base of insurer, real estate and transport clients. This is the firm’s second strategic appointment to its Dubai office in recent months, with Dr. Gordon Blanke, former Counsel and Sector Leader of the International Arbitration practice of Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, Abu Dhabi/Dubai joining as a partner in the firm’s international commercial arbitration team in November 2015.