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DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary is to launch its new Dubai office in the New Year and has raided Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) for its first high-level appointment in the region.
The firm will start operating in the Middle East in January with a small team and will expand the office during the spring. In a coup for DLA Piper, founder and head of DWS's Dubai Internet City office Jayshree Gupta is joining from the firm after 12 years at DWS.
David Church, the partner responsible for international development at DLA Piper, will relocate to Dubai to help run the office. Church told The Lawyer: "We're really pleased that [Gupta] is joining DLA Piper, she is one of the rising stars of the region."
A former partner at DWS told the The Lawyer: "Gupta is one of the prize partners in the Dubai office, a great rainmaker and great with clients."
DWS chief executive Howard Morris said: "Gupta has made a strong contribution to the firm, but with our strength in the market we're confident in our ability to move forward."
DLA Piper aims to develop a full-service office in Dubai, including corporate and commercial, TMT, projects, real estate and finance, including Islamic finance. The firm says it is making good progress with the licence process and has identified premises.