Posted on November 11, 2009 at 10:11 PM
Herbert Smith is relocating Christopher Rees, co-head of its technology, media, and telecoms practice group, from London to Riyadh next March. Rees, who specializes on corporate and project deals in the TMT area, will work at Herbert Smith’s Saudi alliance firm Al-Ghazzawi Professional Association with which they have an exclusive association. He will be the first Herbert Smith partner to be sent to Al-Ghazzawi Professional Association, but four associates are already there. His mission while at Riyadh is to launch a Middle East TMT core, strengthen the Riyadh office, and raise awareness of the Saudi practice with the firm’s clients. Rees said: "Saudi Arabia is a pivotal player on the world stage and the demand for legal services is growing significantly, both from Saudi clients and international companies and financial institutions investing in the Kingdom."
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune has hired Masakata Kanayama and Makoto Ono, both patent attorneys from Kawaguti & Partners, to work at its IP, life science, and chemical practices. The firm is expanding in the area of pharmaceuticals and technology and the two additions will help with that. The firm has stated: “Our practice in new drugs and pharmaceuticals and medical techniques … has dramatically expanded in recent years. At the same time, cross-border commercial transactions, large-scale M&A and other corporate realignments by companies engaged in these industries have steadily risen. Driven by these developments, we have strengthened our life sciences practice.”
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