Clyde & Co enhances Middle East regulatory practice

Clyde & Co adds contentious regulatory and corporate compliance partner to Middle East practice

Dubai, 4 October 2010 – Law firm Clyde & Co LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Rebecca Kelly as a partner. Rebecca’s principal areas of practice are regulatory compliance and dispute resolution; her arrival further enhances Clyde & Co’s already significant and fast developing Middle East regulatory and compliance offering.

Rebecca arrives from law firm DLA Piper, where she held the role of Head of the UAE Law Regulatory Practice in the Middle East, specialising in UAE legal issues facing local and international private and public sector clients. Rebecca has been working in the Middle East since 2005.

Based from Clyde & Co’s Dubai office, Rebecca will be working in conjunction with a range of the firm’s sector groups in further developing the firm’s regional regulatory and compliance offering to a diverse corporate and government client-base.

Rebecca specialises in advising on strategy for clients involved in, or potentially exposed to litigation in the UAE, and has successfully defended proceedings brought by government entities against clients operating in the region. Her broader dispute resolution experience covers the full spectrum of contentious matters including pure contractual claims, termination of agency relationships, employee and shareholder disputes. Another key area of Rebecca’s practice has involved developing UAE regulatory compliance manuals for corporate entities covering a range of legal obligations and commercial applications, and specifically addressing anti corruption, corporate governance confidentiality, document retention, and employee and employer obligations in the UAE.

Commenting on her move to Clyde & Co, Rebecca said “The move was a natural choice, based on the strength of the firm and the depth of the practice that already exists. Clyde & Co has been in the region for a long time, is demonstrably committed and has a very good reputation in the market. By moving to Clyde & Co, clients have the benefit of a practice that is not only well resourced, but is also sharply focused on pre-empting their corporate needs.”

Welcoming Rebecca to the firm, Brian Nash, Clyde & Co Middle East Board member and Head of Clyde & Co’s Dispute Resolution Department, said “Rebecca’s unique skill set is of increasing importance to clients within the GCC region as the region becomes subject to an ever more extensive and complex regulatory framework. This is an area in which Clyde & Co have already built a solid non contentious offering and Rebecca’s arrival allows us to now offer a complete solution to clients.”

Clyde & Co has four Middle Eastern offices, which operate as a single unit; Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the UAE, Doha in Qatar, and an associated office in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. The firm formalised its presence in the Middle East in 1989 after many years of client activity in the region. Today the firm is recognised by the market as one of the major international law firms in the Middle East.

Internationally, Clyde & Co is particularly well known for expertise in relation to international trade, emerging markets and in relation to high profile and/or difficult dispute resolution work.

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Clyde & Co LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales under number OC326539. A list of members is available for inspection at its registered office 51 Eastcheap, London EC3M 1JP. Clyde & Co LLP uses the word “partner” to refer to a member of the LLP, or an employee or consultant with equivalent standing and qualifications. Regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

About Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co is one of the major international law firms in the Middle East, with around 150 legal staff across offices in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the UAE, Doha in Qatar and an associated office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This year Clyde & Co has been voted Middle East and/or UAE ‘Law Firm of the Year’ no less than 10 times by legal market intelligence and transaction analysis providers such as ‘PLC Which Lawyer?’, ‘Asian Counsel’ and ‘inhousecommunity.com’. Internationally, with 24 offices and 1300+ staff around the globe, Clyde & Co is known as an expertise leader in relation to international trade, emerging markets and in relation to high profile and/or difficult dispute resolution work. Visit http://www.clydeco.com/dxb

For further information about Clyde & Co in the Middle East please contact
Clinton Swan – Head of Business Development & Marketing (Middle East Region)
Clyde & Co LLP, Dubai office
Tel: +971 4 312 8568
[email protected]

Clyde & Co – International offices:

Clyde & Co is a leading international law firm with over 1,300 employees worldwide. Clyde & Co is particularly well known for expertise in relation to international trade, emerging markets and in relation to high profile and/or difficult dispute work.

The firm has offices in Abu Dhabi, Caracas, Doha, Dubai, Guildford, Hong Kong, London, Moscow, Nantes, New Jersey, New York, Paris, Piraeus, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Shanghai, Singapore and associate offices in Bangalore, Belgrade, Dar es Salaam, Mumbai, Riyadh, and St Petersburg. The firm also has an exclusive co-operation agreement with a major law office in Iraq.

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For further international information about Clyde & Co internationally please contact
William Isaac – Business Development Director
Clyde & Co LLP, London office
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7623 1244
[email protected]

Middle East media communications

James Madsen – Senior Consultant, Capital MS&L, Dubai
Tel: +971 (0)4 367 6175
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