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Winston & Strawn to close Dubai office in Q1 2020

Law firm restructuring its Middle East ops to meet ‘clients’ evolving legal needs and increased demand for cross-border services’

Winston & Strawn is set to close its offices in Dubai in the first quarter of 2020.

According to the international law firm, the move will realign its Middle East practice to meet its clients’ evolving legal needs and increased demand for cross-border services spanning the Middle East, London and the United States.

Resources for the Middle East will now be centralised.

“Integrated corporate and litigation services for clients in the Middle East will continue to be provided by Winston’s global practice teams, led by partners in London, Paris and the United States who have lived and worked in major Middle East business centrrs and understand the region’s unique legal and business needs,” the firm said in a statement.

“Our clients are located throughout the Middle East and have cross-border legal needs that reach beyond Dubai – particularly into London, which continues to grow as a significant legal hub for the practice,” added Tom Fitzgerald, chairman of Winston & Strawn. “This centralisation of resources positions us to more effectively provide our clients with the depth and scope of services their businesses require.”

Winston & Strawn attorneys have decades of experience representing clients in the Middle East and advised on project development and finance, construction, asset finance, banking, M&A, restructurings, private equity and venture capital, and regulatory and compliance issues.

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