Equity derivatives attorney joins Latham & Watkins in the Middle East

December 16, 2008 8:45 am

Ibrahim is an English-law qualified attorney, with significant experience in derivatives and capital markets.

Ibrahim has worked in Dubai and London, advising a client base that includes many of the region’s and world’s major financial institutions active in the sophisticated area of derivatives and structured financial products. Her work in the Gulf Region also includes advising on a number of privatisations, as well as working with the United Nations on constitutional reform in the Middle East.

Ibrahim’s arrival at Latham & Watkins follows recent hires by Latham in this area, including New York partner Witold Balaban, who joined Latham from Davis Polk & Wardwell; New York counsels Guy Dempsey, formerly a Managing Director of Barclays Capital, where he served in a number of capacities, including General Counsel for the Americas, Head of Structured Credit Transaction Management and Chief Operating Officer for Legal, Americas, and Rafal Gawlowski, formerly with Citigroup where he held senior legal positions, most prominently as Director and Counsel and the Head Attorney for Equity Derivatives Legal (US) for Citi Markets & Banking Division, Citigroup’s Institutional Clients Group, its corporate and investment bank; and Moscow associate Yulia Makarova, who joined Latham from Clifford Chance.

“Maysa is an accomplished derivatives practitioner, whose deep product knowledge, technical acumen and transaction expertise further strengthens our corporate practice in the region,” said Bryant Edwards, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins’ Middle East offices. “Maysa’s arrival comes on the heels of a number of very high profile hires for Latham in the derivatives area, reflecting our long-term strategic view of the importance of this capability for global capital markets leadership. We are particularly delighted to be adding an attorney with Maysa’s credentials and business connections in the region to our global derivatives practice.”

Ibrahim commented: “Latham & Watkins has built a solid foundation in the region from which to take advantage of the inbound and outbound work in the Middle East. Latham’s internationally recognized transactional practice and its comprehensive global capital markets capability provide dynamic opportunities to broaden my practice. It is exciting to be part of the firm’s ambitious growth plans for the region and to join one of the elite derivatives groups whose market knowledge, client roster and experience advising on sophisticated, cross-border assignments are qualities shared by few firms.”

Ibrahim joins Latham & Watkins from White & Case LLP. She received her BA Hons in Jurisprudence from Pembroke College, Oxford University in 1996 and completed her legal training at the College of Law in 1997. In 2001, she completed her diploma in International Business Strategy and Macroeconomics at the London School of Economics.