Stephenson Harwood opens Dubai office
Dubai, December 18, 2012
Stephenson Harwood, a full service international law firm with more than 120 partners and 600 staff worldwide, has opened its new office in Dubai.
The move reflects Stephenson Harwood's long-standing relationships with clients who have interests in the Middle East, said a statement from the international law firm.
The new office is headed by Rovine Chandrasekera, a dispute resolution partner, with newly-appointed partner Umar Moghul, a finance partner, and associates Charlotte Murphy and James Willn working alongside them. The firm is recruiting at partner and associate levels.
It will provide clients with a range of legal services that include corporate/commercial, dispute resolution, finance, marine and international trade, and sanctions advice.
Commenting on the launch, Sharon White, chief executive of Stephenson Harwood, said: "We have been advising clients in the Middle East on their interests for many years and opening an office in Dubai enhances our offering to clients in the region."
"Given the flows of capital, trade and investment between the Middle East, Europe and Asia, it has become increasingly important for us to have a presence on the ground there," she remarked.
Rovine advises on a broad range of commercial disputes and has particular experience in sanctions advice, fraud cases, asset tracing, enforcements, injunctions, banking, shipping and commodities disputes as well as negotiating contracts relating to offshore oil and gas, and shipping.
He is also an advisor to a range of clients based in the Middle East, particularly in the UAE, including financial institutions, trading houses and shipowners.
Umar has wide-ranging experience of advising in key sectors including real estate and asset financings as well as private equity transactions, including leveraged buyouts and growth equity investments.
His work includes structuring investment vehicles and financial products across various sectors.
Umar is a recognised leader in Islamic finance and investments and joins Stephenson Harwood from US law firm Murtha Cullina, where he headed the Islamic finance and investment practice.-TradeArabia News Service