Keystone Law announces today that it has finalised the arrangements for its first office in the Middle East.

The establishment of Keystone Law Middle East LLP (“KLME”) has been now been approved by the Abu Dhabi Global Market (“ADGM”), the award-winning international finance centre located in the heart of the UAE’s capital city, Abu Dhabi, where the firm’s new head office will also be based. A second office in the Emirate of Dubai is likely to follow due to strong interest from lawyers in the region who are looking to join the firm.

The Keystone model allows senior lawyers to enjoy unparalleled freedom, flexibility and autonomy to manage their affairs and client base on a standalone, “self-employed” style basis, free of internal office politics but with the credibility and backing of a top 100 UK listed law firm and support network. The technology and unique structure enables lawyers to operate from wherever practicable.

KLME will be led by Waseem Khokhar, who will act as Managing Partner. Waseem has close to 25 years of legal experience gained across both the UK and the Middle East. He was the former Managing Partner of DWF (Middle East) and launched PwC Legal in 2009. He will be joined by Saleem Khokhar, who will undertake the role of the firm’s COO. Saleem is a distinguished investment professional with over 20 years of experience covering multiple asset classes, executive directorships and business development. Saleem was previously the Head of Equities & FM at First Abu Dhabi Bank.

Saleem Khokhar said: “The Middle East has a vibrant and diverse legal market, which is now prime for Keystone’s unique model offering independence and flexibility to experienced lawyers. We are currently in advanced discussions to recruit a number of excellent international lawyers to the firm.

The firm will operate substantially the same business model as Keystone Law in the UK.

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