Samantha Shaw_Dani French

Greenberg Traurig Expands Real Estate Team in Middle East 

Greenberg Traurig, a global law firm, strengthens its real estate and hospitality expertise in the Middle East by adding two lawyers to its Dubai office. Joining Greenberg Traurig’s Middle East Regional Real Estate and Hospitality Practice, Senior Associate Samantha Shaw (pictured left) and Associate Dani French (pictured right) will provide comprehensive assistance to clients on real estate, development, and hospitality matters across the Middle East and globally. 

Led by Real Estate Shareholders Sarah Mahood and Stephen Kelly, the practice launched in the UAE from the Dubai office in September 2023. Alongside Of Counsel Rebecca Comerford, the team continues to maintain its top-tier standing in the region. 

“We are incredibly excited to have Sam and Dani join our leading practice to further support our key strategic clients in the Middle East and North Africa region,” said Mahood, co-managing shareholder of the UAE office and co-head of the firm’s Regional Real Estate and Hospitality Practices. “Greenberg Traurig has quickly built one of the largest devoted real estate teams in the region, and these latest additions demonstrate our commitment to strategically growing our presence across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.” 

Samantha Shaw, formerly of White & Case in Dubai, brings extensive expertise in handling acquisitions, dispositions, musataha agreements, and ground-lease developments for large-scale commercial and industrial properties across the UAE. With nearly a decade of experience in Dubai, she has advised various clients, including master developers, government entities, sovereign wealth funds, and hospitality projects in Saudi Arabia. 

Dani French, previously with Ashurst in Sydney, specializes in commercial real estate, energy, and hospitality sectors. Her experience includes conveyancing, due diligence for property acquisitions, large-scale commercial leases, and energy projects involving solar farm developments and BESS facilities in Australia and New Zealand. French also served in-house with a regional electricity provider in New Zealand.