Freshfields moves two more partners to Middle East

Two more Freshfields Bruckhaus ;Deringer partners have relocated to the Middle East, with Charles ;July ;and ;Ian Poynton ;joining ;Bob Charlton in Dubai.

As reported by The Lawyer ;(The Lawyer, 14 January), former London finance head Charlton relocated to the region to head the firm’s Saudi Arabia and Middle East and North Africa (Mena) finance practice.

July has moved out to focus on finance, energy and infrastructure work, while Poynton will co-head the Mena corporate practice alongside Dubai-based Bruce Embley.

The moves are part of a wider strategy instigated by London office head Tim Jones that will see a greater level of partner mobility around the firm’s network of offices.

Jones said: “This is absolutely typical of the increased demand for London resources, particularly in our emerging markets offices.”

July is the longest serving of the three partners, having been made up at Freshfields in 1988. Charlton, who has spent time in London, Tokyo, ;Singapore ;and Brunei Darussalam, joined Freshfields as a partner in 1999. Poynton, who focuses on financial institutions and the insurance sector, has been a corporate partner with the firm since 1998.

The three will be based in Dubai but will travel to Freshfields’ Bahrain base and to Saudian Arabian alliance firm Fares Al-Hejailan.