Sahia Ahmad joins Reed Smith Richards Butler from Dubai World as Partner

LAWFUEL – Law Firm Newswire – International law firm Reed Smith Richards Butler today announced the appointment of Sahia Ahmad as a partner in the firm’s Dubai office. Sahia joins the firm from Dubai World where she was General Counsel.

Dubai World is a holding company that owns, manages and supervises a large part of the portfolio of businesses and projects for the Dubai Government including DP World, Nakheel and Istithmar. Prior to Dubai World, Sahia qualified as a Barrister in England and then was at Allen & Overy in Dubai for several years.

Sahia (a UAE National) brings a huge amount of experience in corporate, commercial, real estate, projects and finance, including Islamic finance, to RSRB’s Dubai office which opened in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) in September 2006.

Sahia is the latest in a series of new appointments to the firm’s UAE offices. In August the Abu Dhabi office recruited a team of three from Simmons & Simmons and since then five Associates have been appointed to either the Abu Dhabi or Dubai offices specialising in construction, finance and projects.

Sean Angle, Managing Partner, Reed Smith Richards Butler Dubai, said:

“Sahia brings a wealth of experience to our Middle East practice. We are already one of the oldest international legal practices in the UAE, having opened in Abu Dhabi in 1978, and we now have market leading teams in real estate development, construction, finance, projects and corporate commercial law in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

“In this market, a key to success is finding an edge for your firm. Sahia enhances our already excellent offering and helps to give us an edge that we don’t believe any other international firm has. Through Sahia’s substantial Dubai experience in her previous roles, we have a partner with an intimate knowledge of the Dubai market. We are delighted she is joining our Middle East Team”.

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Reed Smith Richards Butler is the 15th largest law firm in the world with more than 1,500 lawyers in 23 offices throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East. The firm’s Abu Dhabi office opened in 1978 making it one of the first permanently established law firms in the UAE. Since then Reed Smith Richards Butler’s Middle Eastern presence has grown significantly, becoming one of the largest international practices in Abu Dhabi, and recently opening an office in Dubai. The firm also has an association with two offices in Oman.

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