Trowers appoints new Abu Dhabi managing partner

Trowers & Hamlins has appointed a new managing partner for its Abu Dhabi office following the January retirement of longstanding office head Andrew Rae.

Guy Danalis became resident managing partner following Rae’s departure. He has been working in Trowers’ Abu Dhabi office for several years and was promoted to the partnership in 2009 (25 March 2009).

Danalis is a corporate and commercial specialist, and prior to joining Trowers worked in-house at Japanese tourism company Daiyko.

Trowers has two other partners in its Abu Dhabi base, corporate and IT lawyer Saleem Adam and projects specialist Edmund Sia. UAE managing partner Abdullah Mutawi (6 September 2011) splits his time between Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

The firm has had a difficult time in the Middle East over the past two years. In early 2011 (23 May 2011) Trowers announced it was closing its Jeddah office after just one year, and eight months later confirmed it was pulling out of Riyadh after its last associate in the city moved to the firm’s local ally (23 February 2012). Meanwhile, Clyde & Co hired Trowers’ Saudi practice head Adrian Creed (11 January 2012).

In the summer, Addleshaw Goddard launched in Dubai with the hire of Trowers partner Andrew Greaves (11 July 2012), and Trowers partners Charles Schofield and Roger Byrne sparked a row as they left the firm’s Oman office, also for Addleshaws, in January (15 January 2013).