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Richard Butler has poached Trowers & Hamlins’ head of Oman to lead its new office in the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC).
Sean Angle joins Richards Butler after two spells at Trowers, which culminated in his role as the firm’s managing partner in Omani capital Muscat.
Angle said: “I had tripled the size of the Trowers office and achieved the goals I set when I joined, and this was an exciting opportunity to build something with Richards Butler. Stick Reed Smith into the mix and it’s a fantastic job.”
Angle will be replaced at Trowers by Majid Al-Toky, who has been a partner at teh firm for six years. He will lead Trowers’ largest office in the region.
Trowers’ head of international Martin Amison said: “Obviously Sean wanted a change. I would have preferred it if he didn’t want a change but he did… I am delighted to be able to take the office to the logical next stage, which is having an Omani national running our Oman office.”
Richards Butler Middle East managing partner Peter Michelmore explained that the DIFC office, which opened this week, would cater for the firm’s existing clients’ interests in the region, as well as those of clients of soon-to-be merger partner Reed Smith.
Michelmore expects the office to house five lawyers by the end of the year, including some transfers from both Reed Smith and Richards Butler.