25 November- LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Linklaters announces that it is applying to open an office in Dubai. Following receipt of the appropriate licences, the new office will be opened in early 2006.
Linklaters is establishing a Dubai office in response to clients’ increased strategic focus on the Middle East and the increasing levels of investment into and out of the region, leading to a growing demand for premium legal advice.
Located in or adjacent to the Dubai International Finance Centre, the office will offer premium advice on a broad range of finance work, including capital markets, project finance, banking, asset finance and Islamic finance, as well as corporate/M&A and TMT advice to clients operating in the region.
The new office builds on Linklaters’ successful thirty-year track-record of advising governments, banks, corporates and project sponsors in the Middle East.
The office will be opened with three partners and a number of associates and will be led by Ewan Cameron. Ewan was previously head of corporate and securities at Clifford Chance’s Dubai office, where he has been based for the past 11 years. His practice covers corporate/M&A, capital markets (equity and debt capital markets, including securitisations) and general finance (banking, projects, assets). He is recognised as one of the leading lawyers in the Middle East, rated as a leading individual by Chambers Global for both corporate/M&A and projects.
Jonathan Inman, a projects partner presently based in the London office with a focus on the Middle East, and his team will concentrate on general finance work.
Scott Campbell, who also joins from Clifford Chance, operates across corporate/M&A, TMT and equity capital markets and is also rated as a leading individual by Chambers Global for corporate/M&A work.
Anthony Cann, senior partner at Linklaters, said:
“The pace of economic and political change in the Middle East is significant, fuelling a demand for premium legal advice as investment into and out of the region increases. We have a great team of people who will be based in Dubai and are committed to providing our clients operating in the region with the highest quality advice on their most challenging work.
“We are very excited by the opportunities in this rapidly developing market, not least in assisting both established and new clients to make a successful contribution to the economies of the Middle East.”