Doha head Andrew Macklin is expected to join eight of his partners who work on Middle East matters in moving over to the rival firm (1 February 2010). This leaves White & Case with no partners in the Gulf.
A statement from White & Case read: “We can confirm that Andrew Macklin has decided to leave White & Case. Andrew joined the firm in 2005 and moved to our Doha office in October last year, having been promoted to partner in January 2009.
“We remain committed to Qatar and we’ll shortly identify the partner who’ll take over the leadership of that office and we’ll continue with our existing plans, in place since we launched the Doha office last year, to transfer associates to the office during 2010 to provide it with additional strength.”
The statement continued: “Although our office only opened in Qatar last autumn, we’ve advised clients in Qatar for nearly two decades, with our roles advising on Qatargas 1, 2, 3 and 4 and our deep relationships with both Qatar Petroleum and other state owned entities in Qatar.”
Doha was the third White & Case office to open in the Gulf following the launch of an associate office in Riyadh in 1991 and an office in Abu Dhabi in 2007.
Latham was unavailable for comment.
Latham recently poached an additional four London-based White & Case bank finance partners (29 January 2010).
For further analysis on White & Case’s Middle East practice see The Lawyer on Monday.