Office Openings - 10/21/2008

Posted on October 10, 2008 at 9:10 PM

Dewey & LeBoeuf announced October 21 of 2008 its intention to open further offices in major Middle East commercial centers, following the January 2008 opening of its office in Dubai.  The firm has plans in place to open new offices in Abu Dhabi in the UAE and Doha in Qatar. The offices will open once their licenses to operate have been granted by the appropriate authorities, a process to be completed in early 2009.  In addition to Dubai, Dewey & LeBoeuf has an existing Middle East office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Middle East practice will be chaired by partner Berge Setrakian and will be staffed by relocating Dewey & LeBoeuf partners and associates.  Partner Kenneth Freeling will be relocating to Qatar and in Abu Dhabi project finance partner Stephen Jurgenson will be relocating from London. Dubai-based partner John Podgore, who will split his time between the two UAE offices, will support him.  The Middle East regional offices will focus on several key practice areas, including project finance, construction, infrastructure, real estate, corporate and finance - including Islamic finance, investment funds and private equity work.

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