06 September 2012

International Law Firm Cleary Gottlieb Opens Office in Abu Dhabi, UAE

06 September 2012 - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP announced today that it has opened an office in Abu Dhabi, having received a license from the Abu Dhabi Executive Council. Partner Gamal Abouali, who has worked in the firm’s New York office and was until recently based in Paris, has relocated to Abu Dhabi to head the office. 

“For several decades now we have represented both corporate and sovereign clients in many of the most important transactions in the Middle East and North Africa,” said Cleary Gottlieb managing partner Mark Leddy. “Our Abu Dhabi office will enable us to better serve our clients based in the Middle East as well as those who have interests in the region. The office continues our tradition of thoughtful and deliberate expansion into markets where we have developed significant business and see long-term growth prospects.”

The Abu Dhabi office is fully integrated with the firm’s Middle East practice, which comprises approximately 20 partners and counsel based in London, Paris, New York, and Milan. It offers clients in the Middle East and those doing business in the region access to the full range of services of Cleary Gottlieb’s offices, including its leading practices in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, litigation and arbitration, bankruptcy and restructuring, and project finance and infrastructure.

“Gamal’s broad range of practice, his insightful understanding of the region, his appreciation for the local business environment and his fluency in the main business languages of the region make him well suited to head our new office,” Mr. Leddy continued.

Mr. Abouali said "I have many personal and professional connections to the Middle East so this is an exciting opportunity for me and for the firm. I look forward to continuing the good work of our firm and enhancing our reputation in the region."

With a decade of experience in the Middle East and an unparalleled global presence, Cleary Gottlieb’s Middle East practice advises both corporate and sovereign clients, including sovereign wealth funds, in some of the largest transactions in the region.

Founded in 1946 by lawyers committed to legal excellence, internationalism, and diversity, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is a leading international law firm with approximately 1,200 lawyers around the world.

Source: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP