Bank finance partner joints Latham and Watkins in Dubai

Latham & Watkins LLP is pleased to announce that Anthony Pallett will join the firm’s Dubai office as a partner in the Finance Department. Pallett is an English law-qualified attorney whose practice encompasses virtually all aspects of banking, with particular emphasis on Islamic finance, corporate finance, real estate finance, telecommunications finance and export credit agency finance.

“Anthony is one of the top banking lawyers currently practicing in the Middle East, and we are delighted to be welcoming him to the firm,” said Villiers Terblanche, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in Dubai.

“Anthony has developed strong relationships with the largest and most active banks in the region, particularly those based in the United Arab Emirates, and those relationships and Anthony’s legal skills will enhance Latham’s robust bank finance practice in the Middle East and globally. With more than 25 finance lawyers in the Middle East, including half a dozen finance partners, Latham has a deep bench of high quality finance lawyers to service the needs of the most sophisticated and demanding bank finance clients in the Middle East.”

Dominic Newcomb, Vice Chair of the firm’s Global Finance Department, added: “Anthony is an excellent technician who is very well regarded by the key financial institutions in the region.

His expertise in Shari’ah-compliant and syndicated financings, for example, complements the firm’s premier debt capital markets practice and related bank financing capabilities that are vital to clients across our global finance practice.”

“Latham & Watkins has demonstrated a strong commitment to growing its bank finance practice in the Gulf region. I am pleased to be joining this outstanding team at a very exciting time for the firm as a whole and for my practice personally,” said Pallett. Pallett will complement Latham’s Middle East finance practice, one of the largest in the region, that also benefited recently from the additional presence in Dubai of highly experienced English law finance partners Christopher Hall and Craig Nethercott from Latham’s London office. Hall, who until recently served as Vice Chair of the firm’s Global Finance Department, will chair Latham’s Middle East finance practice. He has acted as the lead lawyer on a number of high profile corporate finance, acquisition finance and sovereign finance matters in the Middle East. Nethercott is the Global Co-Chair of the firm’s Islamic Finance Practice Group. Pallett will join Latham & Watkins from the Dubai office of Norton Rose (Middle East) LLP, where he had been a partner since 2007. He previously worked in Norton Rose’s Bahrain and London offices. Pallett is recognized as a leading banking and finance partner in the United Arab Emirates in the Chambers Global and Legal 500 directories. He was educated at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and the College of Law, York and was admitted to practice law in England and Wales in 1998. Source:

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