Bracewell & Giuliani LLP Opens Office in Dubai



    Former United States Consul General Leads Practice

    DUBAI, June 25 /CNW/ - Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced the opening of
its office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates today. The Dubai office will be led
by partner David M. Stockwell, a 25-year resident and legal practitioner and a
former senior United States diplomat in residence there.

    The Dubai office will advise clients on doing business in Dubai and in
the other member-states of the United Arab Emirates, including operations in
the new Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), and on local labor law,
commercial and corporate law, arbitration, licensing, litigation, energy and
environmental matters in the Arabian Gulf region. Mr. Stockwell serves as a
current member of the Financial Markets Tribunal of the Dubai Financial
Services Authority, which hears appeals of regulatory/administrative rulings
of the Authority, the regulator of activities within the DIFC.

    A member of the Houston and International Bar Associations, Mr. Stockwell
was born in Saudi Arabia and has lived in the Middle East for more than
forty-five years. Mr. Stockwell's diplomatic career with the United States
State Department also includes having served as Commercial Attache at the U.S.
Embassy in Kuwait and as the Country Officer for Bahrain, Qatar and the United
Arab Emirates in Washington, D.C. He is a past president of the American
Chamber of Commerce in Dubai and Chairman Emeritus of the American Business
Council of the Gulf Countries, the umbrella business grouping of all American
Chambers of Commerce in the Arabian Gulf. He also serves as Chairman of the
Board of Trustees of The Cultural Foundation which was established by the
Ruler of Dubai to own and operate the American School of Dubai.

    "Dubai is an important emerging market for many companies, but the
business environment is unknown to most organizations looking to expand into
the market," said Mr. Stockwell. "Having lived and practiced in the region, I
understand the environment. I know how to work with the government and the
business community to provide guidance and leadership to clients."

    "Multinational banking and finance companies are starting to shift
important operations to Dubai, the Dubai International Financial Centre and
the entire Arabian Gulf region. With Bracewell's focused expertise in energy,
corporate law, finance, international law and tax planning, serving that
region from an office in Dubai makes perfect sense and provides considerable
synergy," said Patrick Oxford, managing partner of Bracewell & Giuliani. "Our
firm's core competencies in energy, finance and international tax position us
to add value for our clients operating in the Middle East just as we have done
for them in the North Caspian, North Sea and Gulf Coast," continued Mr.
Oxford.

    About Bracewell & Giuliani LLP

    Bracewell & Giuliani LLP is among the nation's most prominent law firms.
With over lawyers in New York, Connecticut, Texas, Washington DC, Dubai,
Kazakhstan and London, we are distinctively positioned to serve clients
concentrated in the energy and financial services sectors worldwide. In 2005,
former New York City mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani joined the firm as a senior
partner. His international reputation for leadership and problem solving is a
unique asset for our clients, which include Fortune 500 companies, major
financial institutions, leading private investment funds, governmental
entities and individuals. For more information about Bracewell & Giuliani,
visit www.bgllp.com.




For further information:

For further information: Bracewell & Giuliani LLP Melanie Hillis,
713-221-1165 Email: melanie.hillis@bgllp.com or Hellerman Baretz
Communications LLC Kayla Zerby, 202-274-4765 Email:
kzerby@hellermanbaretz.com

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