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01 July 2019

Charles Russell Speechlys bolsters Middle East practice with new corporate partner

Charles Russell Speechlys further strengthens its Middle East offering with the hire of corporate partner William Reichert. William will be based in the Dubai office and is the office’s third new partner in as many months, following the additions of construction and disputes partner Thanos Karvelis, and Mark Hill, a TMT and commercial partner.

William, who joins the firm on 1 July, has more than 20 years of cross-border transactional experience including M&A, joint ventures and private equity. He advises clients on a variety of corporate matters and deals, from seed series investments for start-ups, to complex, multi-billion dollar matters across numerous jurisdictions. His client base comprises local and international clients in a broad range of industry sectors, with a particular focus on energy, real estate, healthcare, retail and technology.

Prior to moving to the Middle East region four years ago, William was based for 10 years in Moscow, Russia, where he was a founding partner and head of the corporate practice at an international firm. He also previously worked in Brussels and Paris and is dual-qualified in the United States and England and Wales. He speaks English, Russian, French and Spanish.

Patrick Gearon, Head of Charles Russell Speechlys’ Middle East offices, says:

“William’s extensive international experience advising on high-value complex transactions will complement the Charles Russell Speechlys teams currently working in Dubai and the wider Gulf region. His arrival comes at an exciting time of growth for the firm in the Middle East, and we are delighted to strengthen our corporate offering in the region.”

William Reichert says:

“Charles Russell Speechlys’ reputation is growing rapidly in the Middle East and I am looking forward to bringing my corporate practice to the firm and to contribute to its continued growth globally and in the region.”    

William joins the firm from K&L Gates’ Dubai office where he served as head of the Corporate and Commercial practice.