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Gide launches third Middle East office

French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel is set to launch an office in Egypt’s capital city Cairo, its second expansion in the Middle East in four months. Gide’s Cairo office will open in the first quarter of 2018 and the latest expansion is headed by partner Baudouin de Moucheron.

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Payne Hicks Beach construction head exits to launch Middle East firm

Payne Hicks Beach construction and energy head Julian Critchlow will leave the firm on 1 June to set up his own practice focusing on Middle Eastern and East African legal work. The new firm will be called Al Bawardi Critchlow and is established in association with UAE firm Al Bawardi Advocates. It will be based […]

Iran sees second international firm enter the market

Central Asian-based Colibri Law has become the second international firm to enter the Iranian legal market after opening its doors in Tehran. The Iran team will focus on corporate work including joint venture agreements, merger control issues, and trade and regulatory issues. The firm is also looking to specialise in advising foreign firms looking to […]

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Vinson & Elkins to close in Abu Dhabi

Vinson & Elkins has become the latest firm to close in Abu Dhabi, with all staff set to relocate to its Dubai office. All staff in Abu Dhabi, including partner Rob Patterson, will move to Dubai from the end of March, with the firm continuing to have offices in both Dubai and Riyadh. The decision […]


White & Case announces new Saudi association

White & Case has announced it has established a new association in Saudi Arabia with the Law Firm of AlSalloum and AlToaimi. Earlier this week The Lawyer revealed that White & Case had ended its five-year association with Waleed Al-Nuwaiser. The relationship came to an end in December and although the firm was known to […]

White & Case in limbo in Saudi Arabia

White & Case has ended its Saudi Arabian association with Waleed Al-Nuwaiser after five years. The US firm partnered with Al-Nuwaiser after Latham & Watkins poached its former associated partner Mohammed Al-Sheikh, but the alliance broke down late last year, The Lawyer can reveal. At the time Latham also picked up partner Christopher Langdon and the majority of […]