Kennedys has raided Australian firm Minter Ellison for an insurance team as it launches new offices in both Sydney and Dubai.
A team of four partners and nearly 20 associates will shortly join Kennedys from Minter Ellison in Sydney. Meanwhile, the firm has obtained a licence to practise in Dubai, opening its office there last week (9 May), with two partners relocating from the UK and New Zealand offices.
Senior partner Nick Thomas told The Lawyer: "It suited us because we have Hong Kong and we have New Zealand, and there's a fairly obvious hole in the region there. Dubai gives a good spread through the timezones and the countries which deal with the common law."
The new Sydney office brings about the end of Kennedys' association with Australian firm Wotton & Kearney. "They were happier continuing to do their own thing," said Thomas, adding that Kennedys had proposed a full merger with the firm.
Kennedys will continue to work with Dubai-associated firm Habib Al Mulla & Company, referring local law issues.
Kennedys now has its own offices in Auckland, Dubai, Hong Kong, Madrid and Sydney, as well as in the UK.