Clyde & Co lines up Libya office
London head-quartered global law firm Clyde & Co has announced today that it is to open an office in Tripoli, the firm's fifth in the Middle East and North Africa region.
The office – opening on 1 August -- will be led by Libyan lawyer Albudery Shariha, who joins the firm from the country’s Investment Authority, where he was general counsel.
The firm -- which only last week announced new office openings in Sydney and Perth for the autumn -- will be actively recruiting both Libyan and international lawyers in the coming months. The Tripoli-based team it to be supported by dedicated multilingual Libya desks in London, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
The move comes about 11 months after the 32-year regime Colonel Muammar Gaddafi came to a brutal end with his overthrow and death. Less than a week ago, the country held its first round of democratic elections since Gaddafi was ousted, the votes of which are still being counted.
Mr Shariha commented: ‘Libya is embarking on an exciting new phase this month and there are significant opportunities as the country rebuilds. Clyde & Co, with its long history of Middle East and African involvement and its energy and infrastructure expertise, is perfectly placed to advise clients looking to the Libyan market.’