Patton Boggs announced yesterday that it has opened its third office in the Middle East, located in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
The Abu Dhabi office, which opened in June, will do business with clients such as government institutions and private investment companies, according to Bill Nash, the office's managing partner. Nash envisions adding five to eight lawyers by the end of the year.
Nash is currently in the United States and in the process of moving his wife and two daughters to Abu Dhabi. He was at Patton Boggs from 2000 until 2004 and then left for Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. He returned after Patton Boggs approached him in 2008 about going to Abu Dhabi.
“This is a great opportunity for the firm and for me both professionally and personally. I’ve lived and worked abroad before and it helped shape who I am. The Middle East is a very interesting part of the world, and I look forward to sharing the experience with my family,” Nash said.
Patton Boggs’ first Middle East office opened in Doha, Qatar in 2003, and its second opened in Dubai, UAE in 2007. Doha’s office has 15 lawyers, and Dubai’s has two. The firm has more than 600 lawyers overall in offices in the Middle East, New York, New Jersey, Dallas, Denver, Colo., Anchorage, Alaska, Northern Virginia, and the District.