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SJ Berwin may offer trainee secondments to its soon-to-launch Riyadh office, mirroring its strategy in its Dubai office.
The City firm, which is due to merge with King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) on 1 November, will open a second Middle East office in Riyadh, through a tie-up with a local firm. The identity of the local firm is not yet known.
Its Dubai office, which launched in 2009, already hosts seconded trainees on a regular basis and an SJ Berwin spokesperson said that there was potential to develop such a scheme in other overseas locations as the firm expanded.
Commenting on the Riyadh office launch, SJ Berwin managing partner Rob Day said: “Our Middle East practice has grown successfully since we launched in 2009. We are seeing increasing activity levels from clients based in the Kingdom, and of course Saudi Arabia itself is not only one of the largest markets in the region, but is also seeing a boom in projects activity.
”With the additional benefit of our combination with King & Wood Mallesons and the ability to undertake cross border work between the Middle East and Asia, this is an obvious step to growing our presence in the region.”