Washington DC, January 28, 2013 – Patton Boggs LLP is pleased to announce that Brian J. Pierce has joined the firm’s Corporate Finance practice group as a partner. Mr. Pierce, who will work throughout Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, joins Patton Boggs from Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, where he was Special Counsel - Middle East.
Mr. Pierce enhances the Patton Boggs team with strong experience in project development and finance, mergers and acquisitions, international corporate finance transactions and general corporate matters. He represents corporations, consortia, financial institutions and governmental entities in the MENA and Arab Gulf regions. A deep understanding of Middle East culture and business practices guides his practice.
“Brian Pierce brings a wealth of regional and global experience and solid client relationships to Patton Boggs,” noted William L. Nash III, managing partner of the firm’s Abu Dhabi, UAE office and a member of the firm’s International Business and MENA practice groups. “His excellence as a lawyer and understanding of the region and MENA business culture is the foundation of his success. Brian is a great addition to our growing MENA practice.”
In recent years, Mr. Pierce has advised clients on a number of substantial transactions in the areas of project development and finance, mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. For example, he represented Emirates Aluminum Company (EMAL) in connection with the $7 billion financing of its aluminum smelter complex in Abu Dhabi. In the M&A arena, he represented ING Group in its $100 million divestment of its US-based private market real estate investment management business.
“Brian Pierce’s breadth of experience, particularly in the MENA region, further enhances his technical expertise as a lawyer and his strong record of successfully representing clients,” said Khalid Al-Thebity, managing partner of Patton Boggs affiliate office in Riyadh. “His addition to our Middle East team – in Abu Dhabi, Doha and Riyadh – is further testament of the firm’s commitment to this region and our clients. His understanding of the business climate, having lived and worked here for many years and experience servicing it from abroad for several more, makes his addition a tremendous asset to the firm’s current and future clients.”
“We particularly look forward to Brian’s ability to support the firm’s strong client base in the infrastructure and construction projects sectors,” added Susan Bastress, managing partner of the firm’s Doha office. “Patton Boggs is well positioned in MENA, as the region continues to develop its energy, health care, educational and finance capabilities. Brian is a significant addition to our capabilities.”
In addition to Mr. Pierce, two senior corporate associates recently joined the firm’s MENA practice. Sally Soubra, based in the firm’s Abu Dhabi office, comes from Latham & Watkins LLP. Owen Delaney, now in the firm’s Doha office, joins Patton Boggs from Vinson & Elkins LLP.
For more than 30 years, the law firm of Patton Boggs LLP has provided legal and policy advice to sovereign governments, government-owned corporations and private-sector clients requiring corporate and strategic advice throughout the MENA region. The firm combines local knowledge with extensive regional experience and proficiency in U.S. and international law and policy, offering clients practical legal guidance for operating in and from the area.
Mr. Pierce earned his J.D. from Yale Law School and his B.A. from Dartmouth College. He was awarded a Diplome d’Etudes Approfondies in political science from L’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). He spent considerable time in the Middle East before joining Patton Boggs, as a student of Arabic in Cairo, as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Jordan, and as a registered auditor at the Faculty of Law, University of Damascus. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1998.