Trowers hands international managing partner role to Bahrain chief

Trowers & Hamlins has named its Bahrain resident managing partner Dominic O’ Neil as its first international managing partner.

O’Neil, who will keep his managerial role in Bahrain, will work alongside London-based head of international Martin Amison. The partner also co-heads Trowers’ global private equity practice alongside Jennie Gubbins, who was elected as senior partner last July (12 July 2012).

Jennie Gubbins, Trowers & Hamlins
Jennie Gubbins

As international managing partner O’Neil will be responsible for running the firm’s non-London offices, but will also work alongside the London-based management board.

It is the latest in a number of managerial changes for Trowers that have seen the appointment of Guy Danalis as Abu Dhabi resident managing partner following the January retirement of longstanding office head Andrew Rae (1 March 2013).

This came almost a year after the firm was forced to withdraw from its exclusive alliance in Riyadh after its last associate in the city jumped ship to the firm’s local ally.

Trowers’ exclusive tie-up with Feras Alshawaf Law Firm was dependent on the former having at least one employee in the country, but following the resignation of that employee the formal alliance came to an end (23 February 2012).

This came before the firm launched a representative office in Kuala Lumpur, with Dubai managing partner Nick White relocating to head the new base. The Dubai managing partner was succeeded by UAE head Abdullah Mutawi (11 July 2012).

O’Neil commented: “We’ve recently completed a reorganisation of our resources to better service the needs of our Middle Eastern clients and ensure that we can make the most of the prospects in new markets for the firm such as sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia.

“Following the opening of a representative office in Kuala Lumpur in 2012, the firm has already benefited from a steady stream of lucrative UK inward investment work.”

Gubbins added that growth of the firm outside London was high on her agenda. “In my role as senior partner I’ll be working closely with Dominic to help steer the direction and growth across our international business over the coming years,” she said.

O’Neil joined the firm in 1989 and became a partner in 1995, he has been the resident managing partner of the Bahrain base since 2001.

Most recently he advised on the tripartite merger of three banks in Bahrain and the $7bn restructuring of assets held by a Middle Eastern financial institution.