NYC’s Curtis eyes Dubai launch

NYC's Curtis eyes Dubai launchNew York firm Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle has revamped its management team ahead of its expansion into the Middle East.

Longstanding managing partner George Kahale, who is based in the firm’s New York office, takes on the role of firmwide chairman, while partners Joseph Pizzurro and Matias Vega, who are also based in New York, have been named joint managing partners.

Vega said: “We have operated as a three-partner team for a while now and really this is about formalising the roles, taking into account the growth of the firm and its international strategy.”

The move comes as the firm received approval to launch an office in Dubai. Curtis, which has been in the Middle East since 1997 via an office in Muscat, expects that its Dubai base will open next month.

Vega said: “The firm will be focusing on infrastructure developments and also on sovereign wealth fund clients in the region.”

In Muscat, the firm focuses on infrastructure, project finance and privatisation.

Under the new management structure Pizzurro and Vega will have responsibility for running the administrative operations of the firm. As chairman, Kahale will focus on firmwide policy, strategic planning and firm expansion for Curtis.

Last month (16 July) The Lawyer reported on Curtis forming a strategic alliance with Argentine firm Fernandez Quiroga Ayarragary & Ocampo to strengthen its capabilities in Latin America.