Gowling WLG further strengthens presence in Middle East

11 August 2022

Gowling WLG is pleased to announce an expansion of its presence in the Middle East with the opening of a new office in Abu Dhabi.

The firm has more than 30 years of experience in the region, including an established office in Dubai since 2007. Launching an office in Abu Dhabi is a logical next move for the firm with Abu Dhabi clients already accounting for 30% of the firm's revenue in the UAE.

David Fennell, Chief Executive of Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, said: "We have considerable experience and strength in the Middle East and establishing an office presence in Abu Dhabi is a natural step in order to bolster our services for our clients."

Tim Casben, Head of Gowling WLG in the UAE, added: "Opening an office in Abu Dhabi is an important step for us and is driven by the significant increase in work that we have been winning in the city. Abu Dhabi represents a clear opportunity for Gowling WLG. The UAE is at the forefront of innovation and sustainable development and has ambitious plans for growth. Our key target sectors of tech, infrastructure and IP in the Middle East are perfectly aligned with the UAE's ambitions for the future. The opening of our office in Abu Dhabi will enable us to be closer to a number of our core clients and we look forward to building our presence in the capital."

Gowling WLG's UAE team includes multilingual lawyers who combine international expertise with local knowledge and influence supporting clients across sector and practice areas including tech, intellectual property, energy and infrastructure and corporate and commercial.

In July, the firm was pleased to announce the arrival of Imran Mufti as a partner in its Projects Group in the UAE. Imran is leading the firm's Saudi Arabia practice and will be responsible for its relationship with Al Ghazzawi & Partners, Gowling WLG's strategic partner firm in Saudi Arabia.

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