Trowers & Hamlins has merged with its alliance partner in Egypt and further expanded in Cairo with the hire of an office head from Eversheds’ Saudi Arabia sponsor firm.
The merger, which took effect earlier this month, has created a 21-strong outfit called Nour Law Office managed by Trowers & Hamlins. Sara Hinton, a British and Egyptian national who has led Trowers’ Cairo office since it opened in 1999, continues as resident managing partner, while Mohamed Nour is now the firm’s resident senior partner.
Trowers’ Cairo office focuses on non-contentious work on large corporate transactions, including M&A and oil and gas infrastructure, while Nour Law office is known for it dispute resolution practice.
Corporate and banking specialist Hany Kassem joined Trowers’ Cairo office in December 2010 as a partner. He joined from Hani Qurashi law firm in Riyadh – Eversheds’ local sponsor in Saudi Arabia – where he headed the office.
“The merger is the natural next step for our relationship with Mohamed Nour and Nour Law Office,” said Hinton. “We believe that the merger will not only enable us to target new areas of work but will also provide the right combination of talents to enable our continued expansion in what is one of the most exciting legal markets in the region at the present time.”