Middle East

Latham, Kirkland shepherd CyberArk’s $1.5bn Venafi acquisition

Latham guides CyberArk in acquisition of cybersecurity business from Kirkland-repped Thoma Bravo

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Saudi Aramco hires former Haleon legal chief as deputy GC

Bjarne Philip Tellmann joins the world’s largest oil producer, where he will oversee global compliance

The Global Legal Post launches international comparative guide to cryptoassets

Edited by Brown Rudnick partners Jane Colston and Jessica Lee, online resource outlines emerging legal frameworks for cryptoassets

Hundreds of UK lawyers raise concerns over deepening humanitarian crisis in Gaza

A letter from more than 600 legal professionals and academics has called on the UK government to suspend arms sales to Israel

Stephenson Harwood expands Middle East practice with third partner hire in a month

Disputes lawyer John Lewis joins from Charles Russell Speechlys in the firm’s Dubai office

Allen & Overy marks Saudi launch ahead of Shearman merger

Magic Circle firm secures third Middle East base as dozens of law firms eye business linked to Saudi wealth

Latham & Watkins launches MENA region headquarters in Saudi Arabia

Move follows new Saudi rule that multinationals must have regional headquarters there or risk losing lucrative government contracts

Skadden secures rare investor-state arbitration award annulment for client in dispute with Iraq

ICSID upholds challenge by Kuwaiti business after first instance tribunal awarded against it

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Simmons & Simmons announces Saudi Arabia debut

UK firm adds former DLA Piper partner and his team to open third Middle East office in Riyadh

DWF continues Dubai expansion with finance partner hire from Pinsent Masons

UK firm makes seventh regional hire in past 12 months as it ramps up Middle East presence

Freshfields’ MENA finance head rejoins Allen & Overy

Haris Meyer Hanif returns to Dubai office in vote of confidence for A&O’s $3.5bn merger with Shearman & Sterling

Ex-Linklaters Middle East head takes back reins from successor after a year

Scott Campbell resumes leadership role following Jonathan Fried’s return to full-time practice

King & Spalding hires Ashurst’s ex-Middle East head of corporate

Simon Fraser will be based in Abu Dhabi; senior associate also moves across, as a partner

CMS to provide pro bono legal advice to COP28 initiative

Firm will offer support on a range of ESG-related matters for COP28 in Dubai

White & Case announces 42-lawyer partner promotion class

Cohort edges down from 46 last year with proportion of women slipping from 52% to 36%

Gibson Dunn opens in Riyadh with team from White & Case

US firm follows up Abu Dhabi launch earlier this year with Saudi Arabia move as it continues to grow rapidly in the Gulf

Mishcon de Reya plans Saudi Arabia launch

UK firm becomes latest law firm to look to Riyadh amid Kingdom’s growing economic importance

Kirkland & Ellis secures Latham, White & Case partners for Riyadh launch

Chicago giant chooses Saudi Arabia for Middle East headquarters citing Kingdom’s growing significance for clients

Israel’s top law firms seek legal help over war from international lawyers

Digital platform launched to collect details of individuals and firms willing to assist

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Norton Rose adds Stephenson Harwood partner to lead Middle East disputes team

Nick Sharratt succeeds Paul Stothard following latter’s relocation to London

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