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Clifford Chance and Baker McKenzie have advised in Saudi British Bank’s (SABB) $4.9bn takeover of Alawwal Bank, creating the third largest lender in the Kingdom. Clifford Chance  acted for SABB in Dubai, with a team led by M&A corporate partner Mohammed Al-Shukairy and senior associate Daniel Boyle. Bakers advised Saudi Arabian-listed bank Alawwal Bank alongside its association firm […]

Nearshoring market heats up as Bakers plans 150 new Belfast jobs

In a move that underlines the importance of near-shoring for global firms, Baker McKenzie is to add 150 new roles to its Belfast legal services centre after securing extra space in the city. The firm, which launched in Belfast in 2014, will take on new premises in City Quays 2, alongside its existing home in Belfast […]

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