Clyde & Co LLP has strengthened its Middle East regulatory and corporate compliance practice with the addition of Rebecca Kelly as a partner. Kelly, who has been working in the Middle East since 2005 and specialises in regulatory compliance and dispute resolution, joins the firm from DLA Piper, where she previously led that firm’s UAE law regulatory practice in the Middle East. Her dispute resolution experience covers the full spectrum of contentious matters, and she has successfully defended proceedings brought by government entities against clients operating in the region. Kelly has also developed UAE regulatory compliance manuals for corporate entities covering a range of legal obligations and commercial applications.

Clyde & Co LLP has also bolstered its projects, energy and infrastructure practice with the appointment of George Booth as partner. Booth’s principal areas of practice are projects and corporate, primarily within the energy, defence, transport and utilities sectors. He arrives from Simmons & Simmons in Abu Dhabi where he was a partner for 6 years and at various times headed the corporate and projects practice groups. Prior to his private practice, Booth was legal counsel for three years at Halliburton KBR, one of the world’s largest engineering/energy services companies, where he was responsible for its legal affairs across a number of jurisdictions. He has advised many leading companies in the energy and infrastructure sectors, such as BP, ExxonMobil and Reliance Industries. Booth will be based out of both the firm’s Abu Dhabi and London offices.

Pinsent Masons has boosted its corporate group in Shanghai with the arrival of Ming Zu, who joined the firm this month as partner. Qualified to practice in the UK and China, Ming arrives from DLA Piper where he was a senior consultant in that firm’s Shanghai office. Before that, he led Allen & Overy’s China office between 1999 and 2004. He has considerable experience in both dealing with non-Chinese companies in China and also with outbound Chinese work. He also has strong experience in the infrastructure and energy sectors.

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