Taylor Wessing and Alsulaim Alawaji & Partners Law Firm announce their association today. Through the association they will provide clients with a robust mix of international and local advice to enable their clients to navigate the complex inbound and outbound opportunities the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and more broadly, the Middle East market has to offer, utilising the combined strength of both firms in areas such as M&A, litigation, project financing and restructuring.
Furthermore, it enables Alsulaim Alawaji & Partners Law Firm to draw on Taylor Wessing's recognised sector expertise in the technology, media & communications, life sciences, private wealth, energy, intellectual property, consumer & retail and hotels & leisure sectors. All these are growing industries within the Middle East and provide clients with investment opportunities further afield.
Alsulaim Alawaji & Partners Law Firm is an established Kingdom of Saudi Arabian firm with four partners based across two offices in Riyadh and Jeddah. Alsulaim Alawaji & Partners Law Firm is internationally focused, delivering litigation and corporate advice to a large range of clients including many high net worth families as well as institutional clients.
Commenting on the new association, Tim Eyles, Managing Partner, Taylor Wessing UK said: "This is a really exciting opportunity for our respective firms and enables us to put the strength of our global family at the disposal of a broader range of clients."
Osama AlSulaim the Chairman of AlSulaim AlAwaji & Partners Law Firm said: "Our association with Taylor Wessing is part of our strategy to provide a highly professional international legal service in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; it also benefits our clients by providing access to experts around the world through the Taylor Wessing family."
The new association is part of Taylor Wessing's international strategy to grow through mergers and associations. The firm already has 28 offices across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the US with more than 1,200 lawyers and global revenues £239.8m (FY 2014/2015). This further strengthens Taylor Wessing's on the ground capability across the Middle East facilitating greater support for the firm's clients.
The 6th largest law firm in Singapore, RHTLaw Taylor Wessing, today announced the appointment of distinguished legal practitioner Senior Counsel, Roderick Martin, as head of its Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice.
Mr Martin, who was from Singapore law firm Martin & Partners, is appointed as Senior Partner at RHTLaw Taylor Wessing with effect from today. Mr Martin boasts a stellar legal career, having joined the Singapore legal service in 1972. He served eight years as a Registrar of the Supreme Court from 1978 to 1986, after which he joined the private practice. In his private practice capacity at Martin & Partners, he focused mainly on civil litigation, loan and security documentation including conveyancing, liquidations and receiverships as well as admiralty and shipping.
On the appointment of Mr Martin, RHTLaw Taylor Wessing’s Managing Partner, Tan Chong Huat, explains, “I am delighted that Roderick has chosen to join us. His addition to the RHT family is a powerful testament to the strength of our litigation and dispute resolution capabilities in Singapore and the region. Our clients face an increasingly complex and global market. Roderick’s extensive experience meshes nicely with our global platform and the needs of our clients. As a Senior Counsel, Roderick has unparalleled depth of expertise and strategic connections in the legal community, having built up more than four decades of experience. With Roderick helming our Litigation & Dispute Resolution team, I am confident that he will greatly enhance our existing lawyer bench strength with his unique insights, fresh perspectives and valuable mentorship of the younger lawyers.”
Commenting on his appointment, Mr Martin shares, “I am deeply honoured and excited to join RHTLaw Taylor Wessing, a firm that has over the span of five short years developed into a leading law firm in Singapore. I look forward to working with my extremely capable colleagues at the firm and imparting the things I have learnt in my many years of legal experience. I share the firm’s ambitions to deliver intelligent legal solutions with the added perspective and expertise of an international law firm. This is an incredibly exciting time to be at RHTLaw Taylor Wessing as it is a period of transformational growth and I hope to both consolidate and build upon that in the future."
As head of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution team, Mr Martin will be supported by Deputy Head of Practice, Mr Nandakumar Renganathan, as well as a team of senior consultants and partners.
Mr Martin graduated from the University of Singapore with an LLB (Hons) (Second Class Upper) degree in 1972. He was appointed Senior Counsel in January 2011.
Taylor Wessing UK has won the award for European Trade Mark Firm of the Year at the 2016 Managing IP Global Awards, organised by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP), a leading global resource for IP news and analysis.
Now in its eleventh year, the Managing IP Global Awards are the culmination of MIP’s five month-long World IP Survey – using market research, client feedback and in-depth interviews to pinpoint the firms, individuals and corporations excelling in IP across Asia-Pacific, Europe and Latin America.
The Taylor Wessing IP team works with a number of high profile clients across a range of sectors including technology, fashion, retail and food and drink.
This year, alongside winning Trade Mark Firm of the Year, Taylor Wessing was nominated for three other awards including UK Firm of the Year for Patent Litigation, European Patent Firm of the Year and European Copyright Firm of the Year.
Olaf Gillert, head of the international Trade Marks team said: “We are delighted to have won this prestigious award and it is an honour to be recognised by experts who research the market so thoroughly. This award is a testament to the hard work of our IP group across all of our offices and illustrates our high-quality service and continued innovation.”