Al Tamimi & Company Appoints Abdullah Mutawi to Co-Head the Firm’s Corporate Commercial Practice

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Published February 13th, 2019 - 11:25 GMT
Husam Hourani, Managing Partner at Al Tamimi & Company
Husam Hourani, Managing Partner at Al Tamimi & Company

Al Tamimi & Company, the largest law firm in the Middle East, is pleased to announce the appointment of Abdullah Mutawi as the joint head of the firm’s Corporate Commercial practice. Abdullah will co-lead the practice with Gary Watts, the current head of Al Tamimi’s Corporate Commercial practice, who is expected to retire from the firm at the end of June 2019.

With 25 years’ experience as a corporate finance, M&A and private equity lawyer, Abdullah has led many transactions in the energy, infrastructure, transportation, industrial and retail sectors. Abdullah has strong expertise in telecommunications and technology investments and venture capital deals. Having practiced law in the region for the past 19 years, Abdullah possesses in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Middle Eastern legal and regulatory environment. Previously, he has worked for legal firms including Norton Rose, Trowers & Hamlins, and Baker Botts.  

Commenting on Abdullah’s appointment, Husam Hourani, Managing Partner at Al Tamimi & Company, said: “We are delighted to have Abdullah on board. With his wealth of experience and understanding of the region, Abdullah will be valuable to the team as he succeeds Gary Watts who will be leaving us as he retires from the firm in June. Gary’s contribution to the growth of Al Tamimi’s Corporate Commercial practice has been unparalleled, and we look forward to having Abdullah further enhance our practice capabilities.”

Partner and Head of Corporate Commercial practice at Al Tamimi & Company, Gary Watts added: “Abdullah is a highly regarded M&A lawyer and practice leader. He is an expert in highly strategic industry sectors across the region. Abdullah’s arrival adds a new dimension to our service offering.”

Commenting on his new role, Abdullah said: “This is an exciting challenge as well an opportunity for me to build on a very successful practice that Gary and his team have built.  In my new role, I will place great emphasis on the service we deliver to both existing and new clients to ensure that we continue to provide them with clear, concise, timely and relevant advice.”

Al Tamimi’s Corporate Commercial practice encompasses commercial contracts, compliance with business laws, joint ventures, commercial agencies, franchises, distribution agreements and sports law. The practice has over 110 experienced lawyers who sit across the firm’s nine offices in the region.


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Al Tamimi & Company

Our clients are at the heart of everything we do. Founded in 1989, we are the largest corporate law firm in the UAE and throughout the Middle East with more than 350 professionals in 17 offices across 9 countries. We’re determined to use our knowledge, experience and intellectual rigour to find innovative solutions to overcome complex business challenges. We actively encourage diversity and inclusion, enabling us to attract and retain the best talent, to ensure our clients succeed. We’re an integrated global corporate law firm with significant depth and resources, offering a full suite of legal solutions to deliver world-class legal advice in key global sectors.

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