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Clyde & Co announces 17 Middle East Senior Associate and Legal Director promotions

  • Press Releases 1 July 2010 1 July 2010

International law firm Clyde & Co has announced 17 internal promotions across its 4 Middle East offices with the progression of an additional 13 Senior Associates and the appointment of 4 Legal Directors.

The promotions are across a wide range of specialist expertise areas, namely Corporate, Construction, Dispute Resolution, Finance, Intellectual Property, Marine and Real Estate.

Dubai based construction partner, Mark Blanksby said of the appointments "The number of appointments across each of our regional offices is particularly pleasing this year. These promotions reflect the depth of senior expertise we are able to offer throughout a number of practice areas, and is reflective of Clyde & Co's continued investment in the Middle East's regional markets as we continue to deepen our specialist expertise and local knowledge across our core areas, in line with the firm's regional strategic plan."

The announced appointments and promotions are listed below:

Legal Directors

  • Richard Bell - Dispute Resolution - Dubai
  • Stephen Kelly - Real Estate / Strata law - Dubai
  • David Moore - Intellectual Property - Dubai
  • Laura Warren - Construction - Doha

Senior Associates

  • Nassif Boumalhab - Dispute Resolution - Dubai
  • Prarthna Chaddha - Corporate - Dubai
  • Michael Chong - Corporate / Finance - Riyadh
  • Will Grinter - Real Estate - Dubai
  • Vera Guedes - Commercial / Aviation - Dubai
  • Keith Hutchison - Marine / Dispute Resolution - Dubai
  • Lee Keane - Corporate - Dubai
  • Jerome Martin - Construction - Dubai
  • Amy Munro - Construction - Dubai
  • Jill Nelson - Banking & Finance - Dubai
  • Emma O'Brien (nee Shepherd) - Construction - Abu Dhabi
  • Alfred Thornton - Dispute Resolution - Abu Dhabi
  • Leo Zentner - Corporate - Abu Dhabi

Internationally, Clyde & Co is particularly well known for expertise in relation to international trade, emerging markets and in relation to high profile and/or difficult dispute resolution work.

Recently, Clyde & Co was voted Middle East Law Firm of the Year by legal market intelligence and transaction analysis provider 'PLC Which Lawyer?' in a process that canvassed over 5,500 legal departments worldwide. The indicative client quote accompanying the award read "Clydes are the only firm in the Gulf that has the stability and depth to compete on a regional basis. They managed to weather the economic storm of the past year in Dubai while still maintaining staff and quality of work."

Clyde & Co formalised its presence in the Middle East in 1989 after many years of client activity in the region. Today the firm is recognised by the market as one of the major international law firms in the Middle East.