Clifford Chance joins Gulf rush with April Abu Dhabi launch

January 29, 2008 Clifford Chance is to strengthen its presence in the Middle East with the opening of a new office in the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Abu Dhabi. The new office is set to open in late April and will be headed up by Clifford Chance finance partner Richard Ernest, who is currently based in the magic circle firm’s Dubai outpost. Ernest will initially be supported by three of the firm’s Dubai partners. Last year Clifford Chance transferred corporate partner Ian Hunter from the City to its Dubai arm in a bid to shore up the firm's local relationships with investment banks.

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