Clyde & Co has scooped heavyweight Trowers & Hamlins partner Adrian Creed in a boost for its Middle East project finance practice.
Creed joins Clyde & Co’s Abu Dhabi office. He formerly led Trowers’ Saudi Arabian practice and has acted for clients including the Saudi Binladin Group and Etihad Etisalat. Creed was also a key player in Trowers’ Syrian and Libyan practices.
His departure continues a troubled 12 months for Trowers’ Middle Eastern offices. In May 2011 the firm confirmed the closure of its Jeddah office after just one year (23 May 2011).
In September (6 September 2011) the firm named Bahrain partner Abdullah Mutawi as its new United Arab Emirates head, but was forced to admit that it had just one associate on secondment to Saudi Arabia a week later (11 September 2011).
In contrast, Clyde & Co has been building up in the region during recent months. The firm recently hired Simmons & Simmons senior associate Jason Majid for its Doha office and DLA Piper Kuwait partner Adrian Low, who joined Clyde & Co in Dubai.
Creed is the third partner who will be based full-time in Clydes’ Abu Dhabi office, alongside David McElveney and Niall O’Toole.
O’Toole said Creed would primarily work alongside the firm’s project and construction teams on key infrastructure projects in the Middle East.
Creed added that he would also be developing a wider projects practice in the emerging Middle East and North African, Indian and African markets.