Reed Smith expands corporate offering in UAE
Global law firm Reed Smith has announced the arrival of corporate partner Maher Al Mannaee. Maher, an Emirati National, acted previously as general counsel and as a specialist transactional lawyer with a broad range of experience in public and private cross-border mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments and financings, due diligence and special projects, at major institutes in the United Arab Emirates. He will be based out of the firm’s Abu Dhabi office and joins to expand its corporate and transactional capability in the Gulf and greater Middle East.
Prior to his recent role, Maher worked at the National Bank of Abu Dhabi as legal counsel and at Standard Chartered Bank in both Singapore and Dubai. He has a broad range of experience in public and private cross-border mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments and financings, due diligence and special projects, as well as general company and commercial law.
Reed Smith has grown significantly in recent years. In the past year, the firm has appointed ten new partners to its transactional practices across EMEA and opened new offices in Houston, Kazakhstan and Singapore.
The firm’s corporate practice has been a particular area of expansion for the firm and Maher’s appointment follows the recent addition of three new corporate partners this month: Isabelle MacElhone (based in Paris) and Vladimir Schuster and Arman Tastanbekov (who joined to officially launch the office in Kazakhstan).
Vince Gordon, partner and head of the firm’s Middle East offices, commented, “We’re seeing increasing corporate activity across the markets in which we operate and we’ve been growing in response to that client demand. It’s an exciting time for us in the UAE, especially following our recent celebration of 35 years in the region. Our clients need for corporate advice is on the up and Maher’s arrival ensures we are now in an even stronger position to support these requirements. We are additionally proud to continue our Emiratisation efforts.”
Maher Al Mannaee commented, “The UAE is the Arab world’s second largest economy. At the end of last year Dubai ranked as the second best performing equity benchmark globally, with Abu Dhabi’s index coming in third. There is a strong pipeline of investment in number of sectors eg energy and infrastructure. Reed Smith has a long established presence in the market and I’m looking forward to working with the team to expand our offering to local and international investors.”
James Wilkinson, partner and head of the firm’s EME corporate practice, added, “Strengthening our corporate capability in the UAE is a key strategic priority for us. Maher’s local knowledge and vast experience is a huge asset to us and we’re looking forward to continue to build our practice in the region.”
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