Squire Patton Boggs is set to further strengthen its international presence with the opening of a new office in Beirut, Lebanon. This strategic move is part of the firm’s ongoing international expansion initiative, which has already witnessed significant growth in its Middle East practice, along with the recent establishment of offices in Ireland and The Netherlands.
“Our firm has significant, long-standing client relationships in Lebanon and its surrounding countries who we support on complex international disputes, policy and other commercial matters,” said Chair and Global CEO Mark Ruehlmann. “Our new office in Beirut will enhance our ability to serve these clients and signifies our commitment to meeting the evolving needs of the markets we serve.”
Earlier this year, Squire Patton Boggs solidified its Middle East foothold by entering into a Cooperation Agreement with The Law Office of Looaye M. Al-Akkas, a prestigious full-service law firm located in Saudi Arabia. The firm has diligently submitted its application for a license to operate in the Kingdom, with anticipated approval in the coming months.
Moreover, the firm has attracted top-tier legal talent to further bolster its capabilities. Recent additions include corporate/m&a partner, Omar Momany, and financial services partner, Nima Fath, who joined the Dubai office.
Global Board Member and Middle East Practice Co-Chair Gassan Baloul (pictured), who will lead the office, commented, “Formalizing our presence in the Levant with a Beirut office advances our Middle East expansion strategy. Beirut sits astride the major cultural and financial crossroads of the Middle East, and our new Levant office will complement our deep practice offerings in the Gulf. With a history in the Middle East dating back over 50 years, our firm brings the connections, substantive experience, and deep knowledge of the region’s economies and cultures necessary to support our client’s objectives.”