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Clifford Chance adds significant resource to Abu Dhabi and Dubai offices

United Arab Emirates: Wednesday, March 25 - 2009 @ 10:56

Andrew Rolfe and Catherine Cook, partners in the firm’s real estate practice in London who are currently working on a number of Abu Dhabi mandates, are transferring to Abu Dhabi to supplement the real estate and public/private partnership (PPP) practice in the office.

Andrew, who co-heads the firm’s PPP practice, and Catherine are relocating with a team of lawyers to work with Peter Deegan, the head of the real estate practice in the region.

The firm is strengthening its existing regional capability in projects, PPP work and major real estate developments, and bolstering a significant UAE real estate and construction practice that comprises 10 lawyers.

Two US qualified partners have also transferred to the region: in January this year John Graham, a corporate partner in the firm’s New York practice, transferred to Abu Dhabi; and Michael Dakin, US capital markets partner, has relocated with a lawyer from London to the Dubai office. The addition of US law capability forms a strategic addition to the firm’s corporate and capital markets expertise in the region.

Middle East managing partner Graham Lovett commented, “When we opened our new office in Abu Dhabi in September last year we expected the growth we have achieved so far to take about three years. With these most recent moves we will have increased the Abu Dhabi office in size to six partners and 18 associates.”

“This is evidence of our continued investment and long-term commitment to Abu Dhabi, as well as a response to client expectations that we will put experienced partners on the ground. We are also delighted to have Michael join us in the region, and are confident that a US capital markets lawyer will enhance what is already an experienced and highly regarded client offering,” Lovett added.

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