DWS wins GE counsel for Dubai team

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has lured back a GE Energy in-houser into private practice to add to its burgeoning Middle East presence.

Ibrahim Elsadig will join DWS’ main office in Dubai as a senior counsel next month in the corporate and commercial department under Tom Deegan.

Elsadig cannot be a partner as the Sudanese lawyer’s qualifications are not recognised by The Law Society. He will, however, carry all the rights of a DWS partner and be remunerated as such, said a firm spokesperson. A similar situation arose with two DWS hires in the Muscat office.

On 1 November, DWS’ UK offering became an LLP, with its overseas offices continuing to practice under the DWS name, with overseas partners given voting rights for firmwide decisions.

This is Elsadig’s second spell at DWS. He left the firm in 2005 after nine years to join GE Energy, where he was a contracts risk manager. At DWS, Deegan’s team concentrates particularly on M&A activity in the energy market, a particular sector focus for the firm.

His arrival comes after the news that DWS’ four offices in the Gulf posted a massive 63 per cent rise at the half-year stage, as first reported on www.thelawyer.com, 8 November.

The firm is investing much in the region, where it has 80 lawyers and four offices. It planned to double the size of its seven-lawyer Abu Dhabi office by January 2007 and added two partners to Muscat earlier this year.

Regional managing partner Neil Cuthbert said in a statement: “Our financial performance and investment in partners show that we are continuing to build on our market leadership position across the Middle East.”