SNR Denton Qatar partner resurfaces at World Cup committee

The SNR Denton partner who played a key role helping Qatar win its bid to host the 2022 World Cup and who resigned from the firm earlier this year has resurfaced as an adviser at the body responsible for organising the football tournament.

Romi Nayef, who made partner at SNR Denton’s Doha’s office in 2011, quit the firm earlier this year (6 August 2012). According to his LinkedIn profile, Nayef has now taken a post as an adviser at the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee, the local organising committee for the World Cup.

Nayef was seconded to work as head of legal for Qatar’s World Cup bid committee in 2009 (6 December 2010).

Nayef’s departure from SNR Denton shortly followed that of former Doha managing partner Leigh Hall, who was made Middle East managing partner in June 2011 but left the firm for personal reasons in June (19 June 2012).

Safwan Moubaydeen, who runs SNR Denton’s associate firm in Jordan, has since been appointed to replace Hall as Doha office managing partner and chair of the Middle East regional management group.

Meanwhile SNR Denton Dubai senior associate Adam Balchin has joined Middle East firm Al-Tamimi & Company as its new head of construction.

SNR Denton declined to comment. The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee could not be reached for comment.