Middle East

CMS to provide pro bono legal advice to UN as part of 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

Hundreds of lawyers from top US and UK law firms sign statement condemning ‘mass terror’ in Israel

Leading lawyers from AmLaw 100, UK and other firms call on fellow professionals worldwide to sign statement

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IBA joins lawyers, law firms and other professional bodies in condemning ‘heinous’ attacks on Israel

International lawyers’ group echoes ABA in calling on Israel to adhere to international legal standards in its response

CMS secures Clyde & Co partner for Saudi Arabia debut

Mohammed Aldowish joins having led Clyde & Co’s Saudi disputes practice

Morgan Lewis and Addleshaw Goddard bolster Dubai disputes offerings with partner hires from Al Tamimi, Clifford Chance

Sara Aranjo joins Morgan Lewis to lead arbitration practice in Africa and Middle East as Arun Visweswaran moves over to Addleshaw Goddard from Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance makes twin energy partner hire from Latham & Watkins

New recruits Craig Nethercott and Chirag Sanghrajka will be based in London and Dubai respectively

Quinn Emanuel secures King & Wood Mallesons partner duo for UAE launch

Litigation giant hires KWM Dubai office head plus another partner to set up shop in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Greenberg Traurig opens in Dubai with twin partner hire from BCLP

US firm celebrates launch with arrival of real estate partner duo as it builds Middle East presence

Around the house: Citadel lands top Goldman legal duo, Merck promotes auditing head to GC

This week’s roundup of top in-house moves also includes appointments at LPL Financial, CBRE, MUFG and Mashreq Bank

IP offices can’t take their business for granted in a changing world, says INTA’s CEO

Etienne Sanz De Acedo discusses the future of IP offices, the damage wreaked by counterfeiting and piracy and how IP is not just for the big corporations

Eversheds Sutherland and King & Wood Mallesons forge exclusive alliance

KWM will close six offices across Europe and the Middle East with the teams expected to transfer to Eversheds Sutherland

Dubai International Arbitration Centre refreshes leadership in modernisation drive

Robert Stephen, former registrar of defunct DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre, joins DIAC as new management is finalised