Dechert Teams Up with Saudi Law Firm & More Legal Deals

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Dechert said on Tuesday that it has formed an association with Hassan Mahassni, a law firm in Saudi Arabia.

• Dechert opened in the Middle East in 2012 with a Dubai launch.

• Led by partner Camille Abousleiman, Dechert has a strong capital markets practice in the emerging markets, especially in the Middle East.

• Dechert CEO Daniel O’Donnell called the association “of strategic importance” to Dechert.

• Founded in 1970, Hassan Mahassni is based in Jeddah and has a large local and international practice focused on corporate, commercial and financial transactions, including joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, project finance and banking.

• Dechert advises clients on local law and regulation in United Arab Emirates and the Dubai International Financial Centre, and assists regional and international clients on transactions through the MENA region, particularly in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council.


Shearman & Sterling has opened an office in Dubai.

• The new office will be located in the Dubai International Financial Centre.

• Shearman & Sterling senior partner Creighton Condon said “the timing is right for an office launch in Dubai,” given it’s celebrating its 40th year in Abu Dhabi and has an association with three law offices in Saudi Arabia.

• The firm’s Middle East practice is balanced between work for corporations and for state-owned entities, according to Marwan Elaraby, the firm’s Middle East managing partner and office managing partner in Dubai.

• Shearman did not disclose how many lawyers would staff the Dubai office or who, other than Elaraby.


Dinsmore & Shohl has announced a merger with Michigan-based intellectual property boutique, Gifford, Krass, Sprinkle, Anderson & Citkowski.

• The merger adds 17 attorneys and 32 professional staff to Dinsmore.

• The new firm will have 600 attorneys, with offices in 20 cities throughout Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia.

• With the addition, Dinsmore’s IP department will have more than 75 lawyers, including more than 50 patent attorneys, ranking the firm among the top 50 in the country, based on the number of patent attorneys.


Kobre & Kim has announced a new office in Seoul, Korea. 

• Co-founder and partner Michael Kim, who is fluent in Korean, will lead the team in Seoul.

• The firm focuses exclusively on disputes and investigations in Korea.

• The team in Seoul will also include lawyer Robin Baik and financial analyst Jean Kim.


Ogletree Deakins has announced a new Seattle office. 

• The office opens with shareholder Tony Byergo, who co-founded Ogletree’s Kansas City office in 2005, and attorney Sarah Evans, who practiced at Ogletree since 2012.

• The office will collaborate with Ogletree’s Portland, Oregon office, where many of the lawyers are licensed to practice law in Washington.

• “We represent a number of clients with substantial operations in Washington and the greater Pacific Northwest,” said Kim Ebert, managing shareholder of Ogletree, a 750-lawyer law firm that focuses on labor and employment work.

• Byergo is the chair of Ogletree’s collective bargaining practice subgroup.