Bird & Bird opens second office in UAE with Dubai launch

Bird & Bird has opened an office in Dubai, its second office in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) following an Abu Dhabi launch in 2011.

The office will be led by corporate partner Anders Nilsson, who is understood to have acted for Nordic clients in the Middle East for a number of years. He has already relocated from the firm’s Stockholm base to join the 13-strong UAE-based team. 

The new office follows the firm’s recruitment of Al Jazeera’s chief legal officer Osama Abu-Dehays, who is based in the firm’s Abu Dhabi office, last summer. He has been responsible for the Middle East and North Africa regions since joining the firm, splitting his time between Doha, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Head of the Abu Dhabi office Mark Pinder said in a statement: “We are very committed to continuing to grow our team in the region and Dubai is the base for many of the high tech innovators that are natural clients for the firm. Having an office there is essential to providing these clients with the support they need so we are very pleased to be making this move.” 

Bird & Bird posted positive financial results for 2012-13, with turnover rising by 6 per cent from £235m to £249m. In the 2012/13 financial year it invested in two new offices in Denmark as a result of its merger with Danish IP/IT boutique Bender von Haller Dragsted (11 March 2013), and two new cooperation agreements in Switzerland with local firm BCCC Avocats and Australian firm Truman Hoyle (3 April 2013).

The office is understood to have opened with immediate effect.