Gibson Dunn rehires old hand

Former Gibson Dunn London finance partner has returned to his former firm after a 10-year stint at Leboeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae and Dewey & LeBoeuf.

Mitri Najjar, who will split his time between the London and Dubai offices of Gibson Dunn, was snared by Leboeuf (now Dewey & Leboeuf) in 1998 to beef up the firm’s London corporate finance team.

Najjar commented: “I am thrilled to be back at Gibson Dunn. The firm’s plans in London and its focus on the Middle East fit very well with the direction I want to move in. It’s an exciting time for the firm and I am very keen to be a part of that.”

Last year (8 October) The Lawyer reported on the US firm launching its Dubai office, transferring Washington DC partner, Peter Baumbusch to the Middle East to head it up. London partners Paul Harter and Tony Bonanno are splitting their time between the London and Dubai offices.

Najjar said: “I have worked on Middle Eastern transactions for a very long time. Joining Gibson Dunn means I can advance my work in these