BLP appoints Ibrahim Elsadig to head up UAE Corporate Practice

International law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) today (30 January 2017) announces the lateral hire of Partner Ibrahim Elsadig from Dentons (UAE). He will help launch and spearhead the Firm’s UAE Corporate and Commercial practice from its Dubai office.

Ibrahim will create BLP’s first dedicated corporate capability in the UAE and will complement the existing legal expertise in the country including its Litigation and Corporate Risk practice and its Real Estate and Infrastructure teams. He will be looking to strengthen the team during the year.

Ibrahim has an exceptional market reputation and joined Dentons in 1996. Between 2005-2007 he had a spell in-house at GE Energy before rejoining the firm where he has been since. During his time at Dentons, he has headed up the Corporate and Commercial practice in Dubai. He has an extensive understanding of the UAE market and the wider Middle East and Africa region and has a wide range of experience including joint ventures, bankruptcy and restructuring and corporate M&A. Much of his work is focused in the energy and natural resources, telecommunications and technology, healthcare and education sectors.

Jonathan Morris, Head of Corporate, BLP, commented: “As a Firm we want to build a balanced and complementary portfolio of capabilities across different geographies to ensure that we’re able to offer our clients the very best service. Bringing Ibrahim into our Dubai office, the hub for the Middle East and Africa, adds breadth to our global corporate offering that will help us to complete multi-jurisdictional work for clients and drive our international growth. Ibrahim also does a considerable amount of Africa-related work and, working with our Africa business, will add additional services and capabilities for our clients. This appointment will be of huge benefit to BLP.”

Richard Davies, Country Managing Partner, UAE, added: “The appointment of Ibrahim adds a new service line for our Dubai office and across the UAE. There is significant opportunity for us at this time with the UAE really establishing itself a large global financial hub, a major trading centre and a choice for multinational operations. With his expertise, relationships and network Ibrahim will also help us to drive revenue across all our departments both inbound and outbound and we welcome him to our Firm.”

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