Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has appointed disputes partner Peter Gray who joined the firm’s Dubai office. Previously at Dewey & LeBoeuf, Gray will continue to focus on English and international litigation and international arbitration. He focuses on international disputes, with emphasis on disputes centered in the MENA region and Asia. He is experienced in arbitrations under various rules, including LCIA, ICC, and DIFC-LCIA.

K&L Gates’ Doha office has added Amjad Hussain as a partner in its corporate and finance practices. He joins from Eversheds where he managed the operations of the firm’s Doha office. Hussain advises clients on a variety of corporate and financing transactions, with particular focus on Shariah-compliant matters, including corporate, real estate, asset, and project financings. Among these have been a more than US$1.5 billion financing for Qatar’s man-made Pearl Island, the first Doha acquisition of an Islamic window by Barwa Bank, and the only corporate sukuk issued out of Qatar last year on behalf of the Almana Group, as well as the Gulf’s first privately owned US$1 billion plus sub-sea fibre-optic cable network.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom has appointed capital markets and M&A lawyer Christopher W Betts as a partner. Betts, who previously was a partner at another major international law firm, has represented a number of leading investment banks and PRC companies in listings on the HKSE, M&As, rights issues and other transactions. He is fluent in Mandarin and is recognized as a leading lawyer in Hong Kong and China where he has been based since 2000. Betts is admitted as a lawyer in Hong Kong and New South Wales, Australia. Prior to being a partner at his former firm, Betts co-led the legal team covering the Asia Pacific region at McKinsey & Company.

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