A group of 14 Middle East-based lawyers, including eight partners, has left Norton Rose Fulbright to join Baker Botts in the latter firm’s Dubai, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi offices.

The partners are John Lonsberg, who was partner-in-charge of Fulbright & Jaworski’s Middle East practice, Mark Bisch, Jonathan Sutcliffe, Joseph Colagiovanni, Hassan Elsayed, Richard Devine,  Philip Punwar and Sam Eversman. Sutcliffe and Philip Punwar are well-known international arbitration lawyers.

“This team - considered ‘go-to’ choices for any business requiring legal counsel in the Middle East - has extensive experience in the region over a wide range of industry segments and practice areas that goes back more than 30 years,” said Baker Botts Managing Partner Andrew Baker in a statement.

The lawyers joining Baker Botts focus primarily on corporate and commercial transactions, regulatory and compliance, project finance, international arbitration and dispute resolution matters, and local law across a range of industries, including energy, technology, aviation and defence, construction, hospitality along with anti-bribery and related corporate compliance and internal investigations.

Following this move, Baker Botts now has 40 lawyers in its Middle East offices.

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