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Clyde & Co Abu Dhabi adds corporate partner with projects, energy & infrastructure expertise

  • Press Releases 4 October 2010 4 October 2010

Law firm Clyde & Co LLP is pleased to announce the arrival of George Booth as a partner into its Projects, Energy and Infrastructure practice.

George's principle areas of practice are Projects and Corporate, primarily within the energy, defence, transport and utilities sectors. His arrival further enhances Clyde & Co's substantial reputation across these sectors.

George arrives at Clyde & Co from Simmons & Simmons in Abu Dhabi where he was a partner for 6 years and at various times headed the corporate and projects practice groups.

Prior to working in private practice George was legal counsel at Halliburton KBR, one of the worlds largest engineering/energy services companies, where he was responsible during his three years with the company for its legal affairs across a number of jurisdictions including UK, Norway, North Africa and central and southern Europe.

George will be based out of both Clyde & Co's Abu Dhabi and London offices, as he continues to serve clients both across the UAE and internationally.

Concerning his decision to move to Clyde & Co, George commented that "When I decided to leave Simmons & Simmons, I was looking for very specific characteristics in my new firm. These were a leading reputation for Middle East and emerging markets work, a strong footprint in the region and a clear focus to grow its corporate and projects practices in the energy and infrastructure sectors. It became clear to me very early on in my discussions with Clyde & Co that it met all these requirements. I am very pleased to have joined Clyde & Co in an exciting phase of its development".

Niall O'Toole, Managing Partner of Clyde & Co's Abu Dhabi office welcomed George saying "George is a great addition to the team in Abu Dhabi. His presence and experience will further strengthen our corporate offering" while Projects & Construction Partner David McElveney, also based in Abu Dhabi, commented "I look forward to working with George in our Projects practice. George will act as a bridge between our Projects Groups in the Middle East and the UK and will allow us to better service clients and transactions from both hubs."

George has advised many leading companies in the energy and infrastructure sectors, such as; BP, ExxonMobil, Reliance Industries, Aabar, Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company, National Water Company, EADS, ADNOC, and the Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority.

In his new role with Clyde & Co George will focus on transactional work in the energy and infrastructure sectors, with particular focus on inward and outward investment, and government originated work throughout the Middle East region, India and other emerging markets.

Clyde & Co has four Middle Eastern offices, which operate as a single unit, Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the UAE, Doha in Qatar, and an associated office in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. The firm 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.

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.