Firm of the Year 2018 Survey
Top Stories 2017
Top Asia Stories 2016
Firm of the Year
Pass judgment on your firm and
take the RollOnFriday Firm of the Year 2018 survey
. 20 seconds of graft for a lifetime of satisfaction. If you're in-house, there's
a poll for you, too
Find a Job
With the market picking up, don't miss out on
for all the best vacancies from the World's leading law firms.
showcases the style, the beauty and the sophistication for which the legal profession is so rightly known.
Send Us Your News
KWM exits Saudi Arabia
07 April 2017
KWM, having relaunched as a miniature, resurrected firm in the Europe and Middle East
earlier this year
, has now decided to shrink further by closing its operation in Saudi Arabia.
The old KWM set up shop in the sovereign state in 2014, by forming an exclusive association with a Riyadh firm run by Majed Almarshad, with the unambiguous name "The Law Office of Majed Almarshad". When KWM went bust at the beginning of the year, the new KWM entity decided to keep its base in Saudi. However it seems the firm has already rethought the strategy, as it will terminate its relationship with the local firm and exit Riyadh. KWM will now service the Middle East from Dubai, its sole office in the region. It is not known whether disputes partner Tim Taylor, head of the Dubai office, will be marking the occasion by releasing another a video of him being held aloft by staff
surfing in his robes
, or engaging in
another email dual with a fellow partner
An oldie, but
KWM's decision to consolidate in the Middle East, seems to be in line with other firm's recent strategy in the region. Herbert Smith Freehills and Clifford Chance announced in February this year that they would
axe their respective offices in Qatar.
Latham & Watkins
Simmons & Simmons
have all closed offices in the Middle East in recent years.
A KWM spokeswoman said that the firm remains "
committed to its Dubai office
", and that the office "
will continue to support clients in dispute resolution, corporate and construction matters
Feel free to enter your comments on the news story below, subject to our
terms and conditions.
Please note that comments are subject to moderation and so will not appear immediately.
Please keep it nice. Thanks.
Report as offensive
Timothy Taylor has a beer called "Bottled Boltmaker". How appropriate.
Report as offensive
Interesting how the tables have turned. This has been on the cards from the outset and I'm surprised they funded this set up for as long as they did. Did KWM pull out of its own volition or did its local partner ask for better terms?
Weekly Email Update
To receive a weekly European email update, please login or register to RollOnFriday.