Linklaters bolsters Middle East practice with Abu Dhabi launch

Linklaters has bulked up its presence in the Middle East by launching a new office in Abu Dhabi.

The firm’s Middle East managing partner Sarosh Mewawalla is at the helm of the office, while partners Paul Kruger and Nick Garland will be relocating to Abu Dhabi from the firm’s New York and Dubai offices respectively. They will be joined by a number of associates.

Mewawalla said in a statement that the Abu Dhabi office should enhances the firm’s “ability to support our clients’ needs in the Middle East region”.

In the Middle East Linklaters offers capital markets, corporate/M&A, project finance, banking, commercial, Islamic finance, funds and real estate advice.

Mewawalla is a project finance partner who specialises in the banking, project and export financing sectors.

Prior to his current work in the New York office, Kruger, a senior finance partner, was based in Tokyo, where he led the firm’s Asia structured finance and real estate practices.

Garland, a corporate partner, has worked with a variety of clients in the Middle East for ten years and has been based in the UAE since 2007. He has experience in cross-border international public and private M&As.