DWF strengthens MENA presence with two senior appointments

Legal business DWF has made two senior appointments in its Dubai office, including a new Managing Partner of DWF Middle East.

Legal business DWF has made two senior appointments in its Dubai office, including a new Managing Partner of DWF Middle East, and expanded its office premises in Dubai’s International Finance Centre (DIFC) to further develop the firm’s capability and expertise and support its continued growth in the region as part of its wider international growth plans. Waseem Khokhar joins from PwC Legal Middle East as the new Managing Partner of DWF Middle East and Jazz Moman joins from King & Wood Mallesons as a director in the firm’s real estate team. They will be based in DWF's new, expanded office space in the DIFC into which the firm will relocate at the end of July 2016.

Waseem is a specialist in government legal consultancy work, specifically advising government agencies and state-owned enterprises, such as the Gulf Cooperation Council, on the legal aspects of policy reform, major projects and strategic development. As the new Managing Partner of DWF Middle East, Waseem will take responsibility for driving the firm’s growth and raising its profile in the Middle East, as well as taking an active role in managing people and business development activities. Jazz Moman joins the firm’s real estate team in Dubai, with significant experience advising on real estate matters, specifically development, financing, sales & acquisitions, corporate real estate, real estate litigation and construction and hospitality matters. He has advised some of the UAE’s most high-profile developers on the development, management and hotel agreements in Abu Dhabi, Ajman and Dubai, as well as advising UK-based clients on various investment acquisitions.

Waseem comments: “DWF’s Middle East practice has experienced impressive growth since its launch just last year and there is a clear opportunity to focus on delivering legal advisory services to government organisations in the region as public sector transformation moves to the top of the agenda. DWF is a forward thinking firm that is well-placed to grow its capability and reach in the region. I look forward to playing a role in this development as the Managing Partner of DWF Middle East.”

DWF’s CEO & Managing Partner Andrew Leaitherland comments: “The continued investment in our Dubai office is integral to the development of our wider international expansion plans, and we continue to focus on attracting key talent that will allow us to build our capability, shape our profile in the Middle East and deliver more specialist services to our UAE clients as well as UK clients with interests in the region. Both Waseem and Jazz bring impressive experience and local commercial insight that will be key as we target higher value and higher profile work in Dubai and the wider MENA region.”

Since DWF launched its Middle East presence in 2015 the firm’s capability in the region has grown significantly with several senior appointments, including international commercial arbitration partner Dr. Gordon Blanke, former Counsel and Sector Leader of the International Arbitration practice of Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, Abu Dhabi/Dubai and real estate director Faisal Attia from Tamimi & Company in the firm’s construction team.

Waseem Khokhar

Partner - Managing Partner (Middle East Region)

I am the Middle East Region Managing Partner. I specialise in legal government advisory work and matters involving corporate defence and white collar crime. I also provide regulatory advice and advise high net worth family groups on restructuring matters.

Andrew Leaitherland

Partner - Managing Partner & CEO

I am the person responsible for bringing the great ideas of our people to life.