Hamish Walton Strengthens Dentons’ Middle East Practice

Dentons, the global law firm, strengthens its Corporate practice in the Middle East with the relocation of Hamish Walton (pictured), a Melbourne-based partner with over 30 years of experience. 

With an impressive career spanning over three decades, Walton brings extensive experience in advising clients on intricate corporate transactions across diverse industries such as financial institutions, education, renewable energy, life sciences, healthcare, media, entertainment, sports, technology, automotive, and real estate. 

In his role as a senior legal consultant at Dentons, Walton is set to leverage his deep expertise in public and private M&A and joint ventures. His prior stint in the Middle East from 2008 to 2017 positions him as a familiar face in the region. Notably, Walton has recently played a pivotal role in advising the Ministry of Investment (MISA) on a series of high-profile economic support deals, forming a critical part of the Private Sector Partnership Reinforcement (Shareek) Programme, with a collective project value of US$51 billion. 

Nick Simpson, Dentons’ Head of Corporate for the Middle East, expressed enthusiasm about Walton’s return and anticipates his valuable contributions to the firm’s continued growth in the Middle East and beyond. Simpson highlighted Walton’s outstanding reputation, particularly for his work with Dentons’ clients in Asia. 

Jon Nash, Middle East Managing Partner at Dentons, emphasized that Walton’s arrival aligns with the firm’s strategic plan to enhance its regional Corporate practice. Walton’s Middle East-focused expertise positions him as a valuable addition to strengthen the Corporate team, enabling Dentons to better serve its clients across the region on diverse and dynamic mandates. 

This relocation is part of Dentons’ broader strategy to invest in various practice groups within the region. Walton’s return follows the recent recruitment of other senior legal consultants, including Edward Rose (Energy, Transport and Infrastructure), Guy Danalis (Corporate and Commercial), Hazel Shakur-Quinn (Real Estate), and David Pang (Corporate and Commercial), showcasing Dentons’ commitment to bolstering its presence and capabilities in the Middle East.