CMS launches in Dubai for energy focus

CMS has opened its new office in Dubai to take advantage of the growing energy market in the region.

A small team will be led by London energy partner Matthew Culver, who is relocating to the Middle East and partner Stephen Millar, who was previously based in Aberdeen.

Earlier this year the firm applied for a licence to practise, which was approved last week. The launch takes the CMS network to 53 offices across 29 countries worldwide.

In a statement head of energy Penelope Warne said: “A new hub of energy companies is emerging in Dubai to service major investment into Iraq, and this is stimulating demand for specialist lawyers in the region. Our lawyers on the ground are perfectly positioned to meet those needs and enable us to service other energy projects in the region.

“We have supported clients for a number of years through our offering in Lebanon and Baghdad. Having a physical presence in Dubai consolidates our Middle East offer and is a logical addition to our expanding global practice.”

The growth of the firm’s 20-partner energy practice follows an opening in Rio de Janeiro in 2010 and a large presence in Europe’s oil capital Aberdeen. The practice boasts long-standing clients such as BP.

CMS is the second international firm to launch in Dubai this month, following Berwin Leighton Paisner’s expansion into the jurisdiction announced last week (10 September 2012).

For more on the CMS network, see our recent feature.