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DLA Piper switches Saudi sponsor

DLA Piper has broken its ties with a second Saudi sponsor in six months, exchanging Abdulaziz Al Bosaily for Dr Alaa Naji. Former DLA Piper lawyer Al Bosaily had been sent from Dubai to Riyadh in July 2008 after the firm’s previous alliance with local lawyer Abdulaziz Al Fahad ended. At the time DLA Piper […]

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Herbert Smith London finance partner Andrew Newbery is relocating to the Middle East to head the firm’s office in Abu Dhabi. The office has been run by Middle East head Neil Brimson since it launched last May, but he will return permanently to Dubai when Newbery relocates at the end of March. Newbery, who has […]

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