Law Firm News – Jim Delkousis and Shehzaad Sacranie Take Up New Roles in Middle East – DLA Piper

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Dubai ― DLA Piper announced today that Jim Delkousis has been appointed as the new Office Managing Partner for its Dubai office. Jim will officially take up the role in January 2010, succeeding Tony Holland who has been appointed as CEO for DLA Phillips Fox in Australia, effective 15 February 2010.

Jim joined DLA Piper’s Dubai office in 2007 from Australian law firm, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, where he had been a partner since 1999. He has over 20 years experience in all forms of dispute resolution, with a particular focus on major infrastructure projects. Jim has advised on dispute resolution matters on major infrastructure projects across Asia, Australia and the Middle East.

Jim is head of the Litigation and Regulatory practice in the Middle East and he will continue to lead the group when he takes up his new role next year.

Tony Holland is also Regional Head of Finance for the Middle East at DLA Piper and Dubai-based partner, Shehzaad Sacranie, has been appointed to succeed him in this role, effective 1 February 2010. Shehzaad has extensive project finance and Islamic finance experience in the Middle East. He has advised a number of high profile global financial institutions with interests across the Middle East region and has significant knowledge and understanding of the local business market.

Abdul Aziz Al-Yaqout, DLA Piper’s Regional Managing Partner for the Middle East, said: “Tony has been a huge asset to our Finance practice in the Middle East and our Dubai office and will be missed. On behalf of the entire team I wish him well in his new role.

“I am delighted to welcome Jim and Shehzaad to their new roles. We continue to operate in a challenging environment and their regional experience and leadership skills will be key to our long term success in the market.”

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