The Lawyer Asia Pacific 150 is the only research report to provide a ranking of the top 100 independent local firms and top 50 global firms in the region. The report offers critical review of some of the fastest growing firms and their strategies, a country-by-country guide to leading legal advisers and legal services market trends, plus exclusive insight into the current business development opportunities in the Asia Pacific. Read more
This year, The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the largest UK law firms by turnover is available as an interactive, digital benchmarking tool. For the first time this will allow you to manipulate each data set against the metrics of your choice.
A duo of US firms has won lead roles on the State of Qatar’s recent $3bn (£2bn) sovereign bond issuance.
Latham & Watkins partners Bill Voge in London and Doha-based Craig Stoehr advised Qatar on the deal, which was its first sovereign bond issuance since 2000.
The firm has a longstanding relationship with the Qatari government, having advised on its first-ever sovereign bond offering in 2000.
Stoehr said: “The State of Qatar’s multibillion-dollar bond offering, coupled with other similar bond programmes across the Gulf, is likely to renew interest in what has historically been an underdeveloped bond market in the Middle East. It will create a deeper and more active bond market in the region.”
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom New York-based partner Hal Moore advised the underwriters on the deal.
Latham invested heavily in the Middle East last year, launching three offices simultaneously in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Qatar in March.
In Qatar the firm’s client base includes Qatar Gas Transport Group, Qatar Investment Authority and global energy company Taga.
Late last year The Lawyer reported (1 December 2008) on London-based partner Bryant Edwards being relocated to the Dubai office to head the Middle East practice.