Latham & Watkins has officially opened in Saudi Arabia, launching its fourth office in the Middle East.
The firm, which launched in the region in 2008 with offices in Doha, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, raided White & Case for its Saudi launch (1 February 2010).
White & Case’s former sponsor Mohammed Al-Sheikh will become Latham’s sponsor and will be joined by partner Christopher Langdon and the majority of the associates from White & Case’s Riyadh office.
In addition, Salman Al-Sudairi, a US-trained Saudi banking lawyer who was instrumental in helping the firm devise its Middle East strategy, will relocate to the Riyadh office from New York, after a spell on secondment at a major investment bank (13 April 2009).
In a statement Latham chairman and managing partner Robert Dell said: “The Middle East is one of the most dynamic regions in the world economy and we remain committed to developing our presence in the region as a key focus of our global growth strategy.
“We expect to see continued inbound and outbound activity that demands sophisticated legal counsel and our presence in Riyadh will significantly bolster our regional capability.”