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Trowers & Hamlins has established a new partnership in Saudi Arabia following the breakdown of its association with local firm Hassan Mahassni.
The alliance with the former White & Case association firm disintegrated due to personality clashes between key partners. Trowers has now joined forces with Saudi firm Feras Al Shawaf and has seconded Trowers associate Rami Abu-Ghosh to the office.
Leroy Levy, a Dubai-based partner at Trowers, explained: "Feras Al Shawaf is very ambitious and wants to develop well in Saudi, as Trowers does. The partnership definitely has the right chemistry."
Trowers plans to second more lawyers to the Riyadh office later in the summer to join Abu-Ghosh, Al Shawaf and the four associates already employed by the firm.
Levy said: "It's a good match because of the focus on corporate and project work. This coincides with Trowers' work in the petrochemical and power sector in the Middle East."
Al Shawaf, who has been practising for 10 years, boasts key clients such as industrial materials company Saudi Basic Industries Corporation and Savola Group.
Levy said: "It's a full-practice firm, crossing a range of areas including corporate, commercial and capital markets, and it has a very successful IP practice. The firm has high hopes for the new partnership."