Ashurst strengthens Dubai with Bryans relocation

Ashurst is to bolster its fledgling Dubai office by relocating London corporate partner Nick Bryans to the region.

Bryans, who is already spending an increasing amount of time in Dubai, will officially relocate in the New Year.

The relocation will take Ashurst’s Dubai office to three partners, overseen by office managing partner Paul de Cordova. Earlier this year the firm hired partner David Wadham from International Power where he was Middle East general counsel.

Ashurst opened in Dubai in September 2005 with an initial focus advising on energy, transport and infrastructure projects. Bryans’ relocation will beef up the firm’s local corporate and M&A practice in a move for the office to become a full-service offering.

In a statement, de Cordova said: “After opening our Dubai office in September 2005 we have witnessed a significant increase in demand for full-service advice from businesses in the region.”

Bryans, who was promoted to the silver circle firm’s partnership in May 2005, specialises in equity capital markets and M&A transactions. His impressive deal list includes roles on Morrisons’ £3bn acquisition of Safeway, Candover and Cinven’s £1.2bn acquisition of Gala Bingo in 2003.