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Gibson Dunn hires Laleh Shahabi in Abu Dhabi to continue Middle East expansion

February 21, 2023

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP has announced the hiring of banking and finance partner Laleh Shahabi, who will join the firm’s newly opened Abu Dhabi office.

The announcement is part of a major investment and expansion for Gibson Dunn in the Middle East. Last month, the firm announced the opening of an Abu Dhabi office and the hiring of partners Renad Younes and Samuel Ogunlaja (Abu Dhabi) and Jade Chu (Dubai). The firm also hired capital markets partner Marwan Elaraby in Dubai last October and promoted two other Dubai-based lawyers, private equity lawyer Hanna Chalhoub and international arbitration lawyer Nooree Moola, to its partnership this year.

Commenting on the hire, Renad Younes, Partner in Charge of Gibson Dunn’s Abu Dhabi office, said: “We see significant client need and opportunity in the region and have hired Laleh, an experienced banker and finance partner. Partnering with corporate sponsors, financial institutions and government entities is a continuation of the company’s investments in the region to further strengthen our local offerings.”

About Laleh Shahabi

Laleh Shahabi advises on a wide range of banking and financing transactions, including project finance and refinancing, leveraged and acquisition financing, direct lending and investment grade corporate finance. She has extensive experience representing corporate sponsors, governments, government-related entities and financial institutions on a wide range of financing transactions in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. She has a particular focus on transitional energy, renewable energy, and the oil and gas industry.

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