Freshfields finance partner relocates to Riyadh

Published October 5th, 2009 - 08:57 GMT

International law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is increasing its resources in the Middle East by relocating Tobias Müller-Deku, formerly a finance and corporate partner in the firm’s Munich office, to the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh. The move will further strengthen the firm's presence in the Middle East and in Saudi Arabia in particular, with five partners and approximately 40 lawyers based in the region across Freshfields’ network of offices in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai, and Riyadh (where Freshfields has a strategic alliance with the Law Firm of Salah Al-Hejailan).

From October 2009, Tobias Müller-Deku will join forces in Riyadh with corporate partner Patrick Ko and co-head of the Riyadh office, Fares Al-Hejailan.  In Saudi Arabia, Freshfields has a strategic alliance with the local Law Firm of Salah Al-Hejailan.

Tobias Müller-Deku will help to further build up the Saudi finance and securities practice and will also be working on corporate matters. In his new function, he brings extensive experience from his international practice, having specialised in banking, finance and securities matters since 1994 as well as leading the finance team in Freshfields’ Moscow office between 2000 and 2005.

Joseph Huse, managing partner of the MENA offices of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, commented: ‘The Middle East and North Africa region is of significant strategic importance for Freshfields and our clients, and we have therefore substantially built up our local finance and corporate practices, amongst others. Saudi Arabia is of particular importance and we are very pleased that Tobias will be bringing his extensive experience as a corporate finance adviser to our clients in MENA and, in particular, Saudi Arabia through his relocation to Riyadh.’

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