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SPB bags UAE corporate partner

SPB bags UAE corporate partner Global Legal Group Shearman & Sterling has lost a corporate partner of seven years to Squire Patton Boggs in the United…

Shearman & Sterling has lost a corporate partner of seven years to Squire Patton Boggs in the United Arab Emirates.

Matthew Powell, a former Linklaters managing associate and Shearman & Sterling partner, has joined Squire Patton Boggs (SPB), where he brings in-house and private practice experience. He is focused particularly on private capital and cross-border corporate matters.

Powell’s expertise also lies in energy, industrial and technology sector-focused joint ventures, farm-in agreements, private and public mergers and acquisitions (M&A), equity capital raisings and emerging market transactions specific to the Middle East and North Africa region and sub-Saharan Africa.

In particular, Powell’s clients range from global energy companies and multinationals to sovereign wealth funds, institutional investors, private equity firms and family offices.

Noting SPB’s United Arab Emirates’ expansion, Dubai office managing partner Campbell Steedman said in a statement: “Despite the challenges of the global pandemic, we have grown our business and expanded our team in the region, and look forward to building further in 2021.”

Steedman added that Powell’s “experience and skillset, together with his sector knowledge in private equity, energy, diversified industrials, technology and financial services, are complementary to our UAE and Gulf Cooperation Council business, and will benefit our regional and global client base”.

HFW hired a Dubai disputes lawyer from Clyde & Co earlier this month, while King & Spalding secured two CMS litigators in the Middle East and Charles Russell Speechlys bagged three Middle East lawyers, all in December.

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