WASHINGTON AND DUBAI, October 28, 2013 – Patton Boggs LLP has relocated the firm’s Dubai office within the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).
The larger office within the DIFC, a federal financial free zone and the city’s business “hub,” is strategically placed among more than a thousand other leading global organizations which operate from the Centre.
The firm has four offices in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region: in addition to the Dubai location, it maintains offices in Doha, Qatar; Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.; and an affiliate office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Currently, Patton Boggs’ MENA offices boast strength in construction and infrastructure, project finance, real estate, private capital and investment, and trade, among many others.
In April, Patton Boggs significantly strengthened the scope of its offerings to the region with the addition of Thomas P. Wilson, head of Patton Boggs’ Construction and Arbitration practices in the Middle East, Of Counsel Scott Hutton, Associate Jonathan M. Taunton, and Regional Director of Business Development and Marketing-MENA Angie Hegazi, all formerly of Kilpatrick Townsend. The firm’s Dubai team has a distinct understanding of concerns unique to the construction and infrastructure sector in the region, with a particular focus on public and private capital improvement projects, dispute resolution, contract negotiations and related transactions, contract compliance issues, and project risk management and mitigation.
“We are delighted to have expanded to our larger Gate Village offices in the DIFC, the region’s hub for commercial banking, finance, and professional activities…and a great place to work,” said Mr. Wilson.
In 2012, Patton Boggs affiliated with The Khalid Al-Thebity Law Firm, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, further building its MENA presence. In addition to the Dubai team, the firm has enjoyed great
success in recruiting and attracting lateral moves from local offices of leading firms. Susan B. Bastress, who opened Patton Boggs’ Doha office in 2003 and was the first non-Qatari licensed to practice law there, rejoined the firm in early 2013 as managing partner in Doha. Brian J. Pierce–well-known for his work in MENA-based project development and finance–joined Patton Boggs’ Corporate Finance practice earlier this year from the London office of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, where he was special counsel, Middle East.
For many years, the firm has been a trusted partner to clients supporting key sectors of the MENA economy, and has been widely recognized for excellence in such areas as project finance, real estate development, private and institutional investment, intellectual property, and corporate counsel to business interests operating in or new to the MENA region.
“Patton Boggs is committed to continued growth in the MENA region,” noted Edward J. Newberry, managing partner of Patton Boggs. “Our larger presence within the DIFC furthers our key strategic objectives for MENA, including expanding and strengthening our capabilities to best meet the needs of public as well as private sector clients,” Mr. Newberry added.