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Freshfields to open in Abu Dhabi

International law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is to open an office in Abu Dhabi, further strengthening the firm's well-established presence in the Middle East, with more than 40 lawyers based across the region in the firm's offices in Dubai, Bahrain and shortly Abu Dhabi, as well as in Saudi Arabia through Freshfields' association with Fares Al-Hejailan.

Partner Charles July will head the Abu Dhabi office and, with a team of lawyers, will provide a full service offering, with a focus on key areas such as corporate, dispute resolution, energy-related projects, financial products, infrastructure development and real estate.

Joint senior partner Guy Morton commented: ‘Abu Dhabi is the largest of the seven emirates which together comprise the United Arab Emirates. Because of its political stability and rapidly diversifying economy, helped by the continuing high price of oil, it has experienced very rapid growth, with good levels of activity in both inbound and outbound investment. We have a number of clients in Abu Dhabi and our office there will complement our already strong presence in the region.’