07 Jul, 2011

Linklaters Opens Abu Dhabi Office

Linklaters has launched its newest office in Abu Dhabi, further strengthening the firm’s well-established presence in the Middle East.

The launch of the office builds on Linklaters’ successful 30-year track-record of advising governments, sovereign wealth funds, banks, corporates and project sponsors in the Middle East. It bolsters Linklaters’ presence in the Middle East, where the firm has had an office in Dubai since 2006, and reflects the increasing work Linklaters has been doing in Abu Dhabi, including IPIC’s public takeover of CEPSA in Spain and ADCB’s disposal of its stake in RHB in Malaysia, two of the largest M&A deals in Abu Dhabi over the past 12 months.

The office is led by Sarosh Mewawalla, Linklaters Middle East Managing Partner. Paul Kruger will be relocating to Abu Dhabi from the firm’s New York office and Nick Garland will be relocating from the Dubai office, together with other senior lawyers.

The addition of the Abu Dhabi office will supplement the firm’s 40 lawyer team in the Middle East region.

Sarosh Mewawalla is a project finance partner who specialises in the banking, project and export financing sectors, with particular focus on multi-sourced financings involving a combination of commercial lenders, ECAs and/or multilateral agencies. He has worked on major projects and acquisitions since 1993 and has acted on some of the most high profile transactions in the infrastructure, oil and gas, petrochemicals, LNG, power and PFI sectors in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe.

Paul Kruger, a senior finance partner, will be transferring from the firm’s New York office. Prior to this, he was based in Tokyo, where he led the firm’s Asia structured finance and real estate practices, as well as heading the firm’s Japan finance practice. He has extensive finance expertise within emerging markets and his specific Asia experience will be of considerable value as the number of transactions between the Middle East and Asia continues to grow.

Nick Garland, a corporate partner, will be transferring from Linklaters’ Dubai office. Nick has worked with a variety of clients in the Middle East for ten years and has been based in the UAE since 2007. He has extensive experience in cross-border international public and private merger and acquisitions, including the IPIC acquisition and ADCB disposal.

Sarosh Mewawalla, Linklaters Middle East Managing Partner, said: “The new Abu Dhabi office further enhances our ability to support our clients’ needs in the Middle East region. Linklaters in the Middle East offers capital markets (including securitisation & structured products), corporate/M&A, project finance, banking, commercial, Islamic finance, funds and real estate advice.”


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