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- March 30, 2009, 11:55 pm

Lovells launches Middle East real estate practice from Dubai

Lovells has recruited Mohammed Kamal in its Dubai office, to head up a newly formed real estate capability in the Middle East.

Mohammed joined the firm as Head of Real Estate for the Middle East.

Mohammed has worked in the Middle East for five years, and has been involved with some of the largest and most significant real estate deals and developments in the region. In addition, he has advised the Abu Dhabi Government in relation to various property laws and regulations.

Robert Kidby, Lovells’ head of real estate based in London, said: ‘Mohammed’s experience within the real estate sector in the Middle East will complement our current capabilities in the UK and across Europe and Asia, ensuring the team continues to offer the breadth of service for which it is renowned. We are delighted to welcome Mohammed to the firm and we look forward to working with him to develop a dedicated regional real estate practice.’

Lovells opened its Dubai office on 1 May 2007, successfully focusing initially on corporate, banking and finance work, including Islamic finance, and now expanding into other practice areas.

Rahail Ali, one of the founding partners of the office, said, ‘Dubai has emerged as a major international financial centre, attracting capital and investment opportunities to and from Europe, Asia and Africa. Since Lovells opened its Dubai office in May 2007, we have worked on a number of exciting corporate and finance deals. The addition of real estate capability is the next step in the firm’s expansion in the region.’

Mohammed Kamal added, ‘Lovells’ real estate team has an international network with a truly global reach. Although the Middle Eastern markets are not immune to the financial crisis, there are tremendous opportunities for investment particularly in Abu Dhabi and from the Middle East into the UK, Europe and the US. In this challenging period, we aim to be at the forefront of cutting edge developments in the real estate sector. I am extremely pleased to be part of a firm that is for many the law firm of choice for the Middle East.’

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