TORONTO, April 6 /CNW/ - Bennett Jones announced today the opening of
its second office in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), located in the
capital city of Abu Dhabi. In November 2010, Bennett Jones opened an
office in Dubai. The opening of an office in Abu Dhabi strengthens the
firm's presence in the Arabian Gulf as the only Canadian law firm
officially licensed to practise law in the UAE.
"Our new Abu Dhabi office is a demonstration of our commitment to the
region", says Hugh MacKinnon, Chairman and CEO of Bennett Jones.
"Having a presence in the financial and political hub of the UAE is a
great honour for us and will allow us to better serve our clients in
the Middle East."
Bennett Jones' in-depth expertise and deep roots in oil and gas and
energy make the firm a natural fit for Abu Dhabi, which is the fourth
largest oil producing centre in the world. In addition, Abu Dhabi has
become a very significant financial hub.
Bennett Jones' strengths in finance were reflected in the appointment of
David Dodge to the UAE Central Bank International Advisory Council last
fall. Dodge is a senior advisor at Bennett Jones and former Governor
of the Bank of Canada.
The new office will advise clients in areas including corporate law,
commercial transactions, infrastructure and project development,
foreign investment and finance.
"Our network in the UAE benefits both our clients in the Gulf and
Canada," says Dany Assaf, Bennett Jones' Middle East Managing Partner.
"With Canada becoming a growing destination for Gulf investors, we are
strategically positioned to facilitate foreign investment and market
opportunities between both regions."
The firm currently has six senior lawyers in the UAE, including four
Canadians. Tim Ross, the firm's Dubai Managing Partner, says "the
firm's presence in Abu Dhabi further demonstrates its commitment to the
Middle East market and to clients doing business in this dynamic
About Bennett Jones
Bennett Jones is a leading business law firm founded and focused on
principles of professional excellence, integrity, respect and
independent thought. Our firm's leadership position is reflected in the
law we practise, the groundbreaking work we do, the client
relationships we have, and the quality of our people.
SOURCE Bennett Jones LLP
For further information:
| Hugh L. MacKinnon |
Chairman & CEO, Bennett Jones LLP
T: +1 416 777 4810 (Toronto)
| Dany H. Assaf |
Managing Partner, Middle East
T: +971 56 693 1793 (UAE)
T: +1 416 777 6035 (Toronto)
| Timothy N. Ross |
Managing Partner, Dubai
T: +971 50 625 5781