Squire Patton Boggs has been recognized as “International Law Firm of the Year” at the Qatar Business Law Awards. The award was presented at a gala dinner at the Intercontinental Hotel Private Beach in Doha on 15 November 2017, following the annual Qatar Business Law Forum.
The category recognizes the achievements of international law firms in the areas of legal expertise, innovation, client satisfaction, business success and overall strategic vision. The award was decided by a distinguished panel of judges, which included Dr. Mohammed Al Khulaifi, Dean of the College of Law, Qatar University; Jason Taylor, Director of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Middle East – Qatar branch; Rowan McBrien, General Counsel of Total E&P Qatar; Zahid Ali, Associate General Counsel, Qatar Foundation; Rizal Kahar Bador, Assistant General Counsel, Qatar Foundation; Dr. Damilola Olawuyi, Professor of Law at Hamad Bin Khalifa University; Dr. Clinton Francis, Dean of the Law School at Hamad Bin Khalifa University; Christopher Grout, Registrar of the Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre; Farouk Yala, Legal Counsel at Qatar Petroleum; and Francis Botchway, Sir William Blair Chair in Alternative Dispute Resolution, College of Law, Qatar University.
In its submission, the firm had outlined its recent investment in new business areas and expansion of legal personnel, its focus on key sectors relevant to Qatar’s National Vision for 2030, its innovative work in delivering an ICC arbitration series and raising awareness of the new Gulf Cooperation Council VAT regime, its new client instructions and mandates in hospitality, healthcare, infrastructure and telecommunications and cybersecurity, and the highlights of major projects in 2017.
“We are delighted with this award,” said Doha office managing partner Charbel Maakaron. “We are grateful to all the judges who took the time to review our submission so thoroughly. The award really is a recognition of team effort, of the talent we have here in Doha and the hard work and commitment to clients that our team displays again and again.”