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DWF bolsters Middle East hub with exclusive association in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and multiple senior hires in Dubai office

Harasani & Alkhamees Law FirmDWF has significantly strengthened its Middle East offering with an exclusive association with Harasani & Alkhamees in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia along with several new senior hires in Dubai.

Harasani & Alkhamees, a dynamic law firm known for their high levels of client service, has offices in Riyadh and Jeddah.

Led by Dr Hamid Harasani and Dr Ahmad Alkhamees, the two offices focus on litigation & dispute resolution, corporate, construction, family & private client and employment for regional and international clients.

Andrew Leaitherland, Managing Partner and CEO of DWF, said: "KSA is a hugely important jurisdiction for DWF as we grow in the Middle East.  It is the region’s largest state and economy with ambitious plans to develop and diversify their economy. We have sought an association partner who places the same emphasis on the highest levels of client service. We were immediately impressed by named partners Dr Hamid Harasani and Dr Ahmad Alkhamees as they share our vision of building a first class, client-focused practice based on innovation both in the region and internationally. Having worked closely with Harasani & Alkhamees for more than a year on projects both in and outside the Kingdom, we are confident they are the right fit for us."

Hamid Harasani, Co-founding Partner of Harasani & Alkhamees, said: "Harasani & Alkhamees and DWF place the same emphasis on being client-focused and delivering a top class legal service. Having met with the senior partners of DWF and visited a number of their offices worldwide during the last year, we were impressed by their state of the art premises, the diversity of their legal offerings, their wealth of experience, their client-centric approach, and their ability to deliver a seamless service across different countries. We are excited by our newly formed association and are confident that this will be positively received by the Saudi legal services market.”

Ahmad Alkhamees, Co-founding Partner of Harasani & Alkhamees, added: “We are excited by our newly formed exclusive association with DWF, one of the world’s leading and fastest growing law firms. Through this association, we will boost our construction law, government projects and cross border transactions offerings; areas that we have already been working on over the past year to both our clients’ satisfaction.”

The firm also announced the hire of two partners and two directors to the Dubai office.

Construction specialist John Coghlan has joined as a partner from Addleshaw Goddard in Qatar. His extensive knowledge of contracts and insight into the construction industry from his 25-year career will significantly enhance the firm's capability to advise clients involved in large, complex infrastructure projects across the MENA region.

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla’s former Abu Dhabi Head of Litigation Haytham Alieh has joined as a litigation partner. Haytham has expertise across the entire litigation spectrum, including banking, civil, commercial, criminal and real estate in a contentious and advisory capacity and has over 21 years’ experience advising clients in the Middle East.

Ziyad Hadi has joined as a director in the corporate group from Afridi & Angell. Ziyad has expertise across the full range of corporate and commercial work, with a particular focus on joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions advising on deals in the GCC, the US, India, Turkey, Pakistan, Libya, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Maria Deus, former director of global construction consultancy Driver Trett limited in Dubai, has returned to DWF as a director in the firm's Dubai-based construction and infrastructure team. She was previously an associate in the firm's Manchester-based real estate team.

Waseem Khokhar, Managing Partner of DWF Middle East said: “Since the launch of DWF Middle East in 2015, we have experienced consistent growth and continue to attract key senior talent, which enables us to build our capability in the region and deliver more specialist services to local and firm-wide clients. John, Haytham, Ziyad and Maria bring to the firm a huge wealth of knowledge which will complement the team’s ability to deliver high-value work to DWF’s clients.”

DWF's Dubai office, which opened in 2015, is recognised as one of the UAE’s most innovative and fastest-growing legal advisors. Led by Waseem Khokhar, the office has successfully grown to a team of 25 lawyers and expanded its offering from construction and infrastructure to now also advise clients across the Gulf region on international arbitration, Arabic litigation, real estate, government and regulatory and corporate and commercial work.

The latest appointments follow in a long line of senior appointments over the past two years including Waseem Khokhar from PwC Legal Middle East, construction specialist Faisal Attia from Tamimi & Company, international arbitration partner Dr. Gordon Blanke from Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, Abu Dhabi/Dubai and real estate director Jazz Moman from King & Wood Mallesons.

Andrew Leaitherland

Partner - Managing Partner & CEO

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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.