Norton Rose acquires new derivatives and structured finance partner in the Middle East

International legal practice Norton Rose (Middle East) LLP, today announced that Karl Rogers has joined the Dubai office as a partner. Karl was previously Group General Counsel at Shaheen Business & Investment Group S.A. based in Jordan, a senior lawyer heading legal teams at each of Dresdner Kleinwort Investment Bank, ING Barings and Nomura International in London and a Managing Director of Robertson Stephens in San Francisco.

A specialist in derivatives and structured finance products for more than 14 years, his primary focus will be advising investment banks, sovereign wealth funds and financial institutions in the Middle East and North Africa on such products as they grow in importance for businesses in the region.

Karl Rogers commented:

“I have been particularly attracted by Norton Rose (Middle East) LLP’s platform in the Middle East and how respected the brand is having been in the region for almost 30 years. Norton Rose (Middle East) LLP’s strength in banking, corporate finance, capital markets and Islamic finance and its strong relationships with financial institutions are very complimentary to my practice. With the continued flow of talented personnel into the region and the increasing focus on the importance of the Middle East to the global economy, I see enormous potential for work advising on structured product development.”

Campbell Steedman, International Managing Partner for the Middle East commented:

“With Karl’s arrival we are now one of the only practices in the region that can offer structured finance advice and his experience will be highly valued by our clients. His arrival is a significant step in continuing to strengthen our offering in the Middle East.”

Norton Rose Group has been active in the Middle East since 1979, and has offices in Bahrain, Dubai and an associated office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with law firm Abdulaziz Al-Assaf. Norton Rose Group’s client base comprises of regional and multinational corporations, financial institutions, government, quasi-government entities and sovereign funds.

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