The firm has added an additional 10 partners in total to its regional count over the last year.
Glenn O’Brien has been appointed as a Dispute Resolution partner based in Abu Dhabi, and Ben Gillespie as a Corporate partner based in the firm’s Dubai office. Both Ben and Glenn have significant regional experience.
Ben Gillespie has over a decade of experience in corporate law, specialising in Middle East and international mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures and venture capital / private equity investments for multinational corporations and regional heavyweights.
Ben’s clients include the likes of TOPAZ Energy & Marine, Schindler and Drydocks World. Ben has been with Clyde & Co in Dubai since February 2006 when he joined the firm from Wragge & Co in the UK.
Glenn O’Brien joined Clyde & Co’s Qatar office in 2007, later relocating to Abu Dhabi in mid 2008. Glenn advises on both Qatar and UAE law and has particular expertise in dispute resolution advising clients in the energy, transport, insurance, construction and property industries. Glenn is also an International Arbitrator at the Qatar International Center for Arbitration.
Prior to joining Clyde & Co, Glenn was the head of the Qatar office of a well known regional firm, while before relocating to the Middle East in 2005 he was a partner of Australian commercial law firm Ebsworth & Ebsworth.
Clyde & Co is one of the major international law firms in the GCC with over 160 specialist lawyers and paralegals operating as a single unit from offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the UAE, Doha in Qatar, and via an affiliated office in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. Ranked by multiple legal directories as one of the leading firms in the region, and voted by members of the Dubai Corporate Counsel Group (DCCG) as the ‘most innovative firm’ in Dubai at the IFLR Middle East Awards in 2008, Clyde & Co’s market-position has been reconfirmed by independent market research in 2009.