Jonathan Burton_Aarti Thadani

Norton Rose Fulbright Unveils 2024 Partner Class 

In a global expansion of its partnership, Norton Rose Fulbright elevates 49 lawyers across 10 practices for the 2024 class. The promotions, effective January 1, 2024, span 22 offices worldwide, including South Africa where directors have been appointed. Key practice areas include litigation and disputes, corporate, M&A and securities, banking and finance, intellectual property, employment and labour, environmental, real estate, restructuring and insolvency, tax, and projects. 

Notably, women constitute over 40 percent of the newly promoted partners, marking the fifth consecutive year with this achievement. 

Below are details on two MENA-based lawyers who received promotions: 

Jonathan Burton – Dubai-based Corporate, M&A and Securities (pictured left)

Burton Bringing over a decade of regional experience, Jonathan specializes in offering corporate and commercial assistance to multi-nationals, family offices, and ultra-high net worth individuals in the Middle East. His practice involves advising on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and corporate commercial contracts across sectors such as technology, social infrastructure, consumer markets, tourism, energy, and defense. Burton is renowned for his expertise in strategic joint ventures, business expansion strategies, and foreign direct investment across the GCC, with a focus on the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

Aarti Thadani – Dubai-based Litigation and Disputes (pictured right)

With 13 years of experience at the firm and a background in construction and arbitration teams in London, Singapore, and Dubai, Thadani specializes in construction dispute resolution in the Middle East. Based in the UAE since 2015, she regularly advises regional sovereign wealth funds, master developers, and owners on complex construction projects. Thadani is recognized as an industry expert in the construction, infrastructure, and real estate space, with particular expertise in MEP-related contentious issues and final account disputes. In 2021, she completed a Masters in Construction Law and Practice with distinction and headed up legal for one of Abu Dhabi’s largest sovereign wealth funds, specializing in real estate.