Gibson Dunn launches Dubai practice

US-based Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has become the latest firm to join the goldrush to the Middle East, confirming plans to open an office in Dubai by the end of 2007.

Gibson Dunn will open its fifth non-US office, focusing on M&A, fund formation, real estate investments and sharia-compliant finance.

Washington DC partner Peter Baumbusch will oversee the operation in Dubai and will be joined by London partners Paul Harter and Tony Bonanno.