Freshfields raids A&O for Middle East star

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  • Big mistake to leave for Abraaj and hand over "relationships" to replacement AO partner. Clients have institutional loyalty - so AO won't be too upset.

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  • Anonymous @ 5:07 -- you are entirely wrong I'm afraid. Clients are immensely loyal to Pervez, especially Abraaj. "Institutional relationships" in the Middle East are not quite what they might be elsewhere.

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  • Just about every UAE law firm is looking for a big hitting corporate rain-maker and Pervez is simply the best. Good luck to him and a great coup for FF.

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  • Akhtar is undoubtedly the best M&A lawyer in Dubai. This is a big win for Freshfields and a major blow for A&O.

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  • The last few comments sound a little suspect and overly defensive - dontchya think. A&O official line says it all I'm afraid. Good luck to him anyway.

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  • I disagree, he was the best corporate lawyer at A&O (period) and they will suffer not just in Dubai but also in London.

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  • "Institutional relationships" in the Middle East are not quite what they might be elsewhere.
    Tell that to Aramco / White and Case. Latham have hardly poached that work away...
    A+O's offering is very strong in all areas and doesn't rely on 1 or 2 star names like most of the other firms (you know who you are).
    Mr. Akhtar obviously has a strong link to Abraaj and hopefully that will serve him well in what remains a struggling market.

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  • Why did Pervez leave A&O - why was he unhappy?

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  • Superb move from Freshfields, massive blow for A&O.
    Re institutional loyalty: it is simply not enough these days to have servile, mediocre partners powered by a strong brand, that is definitely not a sustainable strategy

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  • Ive come across this guy before. A rainmaker like very few but in all fairness, really (and i mean really) few technical skills. oh well, it takes both kinds to make a partnership work doesnt it. good luck to him.

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