Baker Botts has hired not one, but two key Trowers & Hamlins partners in Dubai after snapping up the latter firm’s UAE head, Abdullah Mutawi, and its international disputes chief, Lucas Pitts.

Mutawi, who will join Baker Botts’ corporate group, has cross-border M&A, securities and capital markets expertise and experience. His practice is focused on the financial institutions and telecommunications arenas. He has also advised on insolvencies and restructurings often involving regulatory matters and cross-border disputes.

Pitts, who is joining Baker Botts’ international dispute resolution group in Dubai, has experience in the U.A.E, Saudi Arabia, the United States, Africa and Europe. He has advised on disputes related to telecommunications, banking, insolvency, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and aviation.
“Both Abdullah and Lucas have a deep background and wealth of experience throughout the Middle East and Africa. Their addition will increase our regional and international capabilities in the areas of Corporate law and International Dispute Resolution,” said Andrew M. Baker, managing partner of Baker Botts, in a statement.