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SNR Denton and DLA Piper to bulk up Kuwait offices in face of partner exits

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  • Not sure about SNR Denton, but DLA is not affected by Low's departure. They will hire a decent partner to replace him and continue on shining.

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  • Kuwait seems to be the graveyard of international law firms. None of the American or British firms that have opened in Kuwait have ever succeeded. Denton and DLA Piper never had a chance.
    Good luck, Dewey!

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  • Low was at DLA for over 10 years, first in Aquisition finance in London and then in Kuwait. They made him a partner, so either he was always a "decent" partner or we should doubt their abilities to judge good from bad from "decent"....

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  • I agree with anonymous at 24 oct 7:06:
    Low was a good lawyer, but ran out of DLA after only one year in Kuwait because they had no work for him. I am sure that he will be much happier with his new firm in Dubai, which is a big step up from DLA.
    The big question now is who can Aziz and DLA convince to throw away their career by heading up a 3-4 associate man law office with no work. Whomever he is, he is sure to leave after a short stint upon seeing the DLA operations.

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  • To Anonymous | 26-Oct-2011 11:28 am:
    Talk about DLA all you want. It's just your jealousy coming out - if you have something to say, say it to DLA don't go in trying to convince former associates how bad the "boss" is...it just makes you look like an even bigger loser.

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  • One thing is quite clear, there is no work for DLA in Kuwait and not much to do across the Middle East region. A part from a few exceptions, the management of DLA middle east is clearly unable to build strong relationships with important clients and they never get involved in major projects. Kuwait is a good example. Alex Saleh left in 2009 and in less than two years built from scratch a new sucessful practice with Tamimi, in the meantime DLA, which had the same time and opportunities (if not more, thanks to its international network) has been struggling for all this time. DLA's offices in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain survive thanks to the work referred by the international network. But again, no strong client relationships, no big projects and poor quality. Finally, the Dubai office of DLA is over-staffed again.. DLA will never loose the old habit to recruit platoons of lawyers before they get actually busy. To raise business and big bucks you first need to know the market, be credible and have strong relationships with solid clients. Then business comes. 2012 will be another tough year for DLA in the Middle East..

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  • Please anonymous @ 7.14 pm, did you actually know that DLA Kuwait landed the biggest privatization deal of the year? For some reason I think you're the same hater who writes anti DLA posts... .

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