DOHA: Clifford Chance, a leading law firm, announced that Corporate Partner, Jason Mendens (pictured), joined its Doha office yesterday. Mendens is a specialist corporate adviser to public, private and government organisations and has expertise in the energy and resources sector.
In an expansionary move to support growing client demand for on-the-ground corporate transactional advice, Mendens has joined the Doha office of Clifford Chance. He was previously based in Clifford Chance’s Sydney office, a press statement said.
Managing Partner, Richard Parris, at Doha Office, said: “We are excited to announce the expansion of our presence here which will enable us to further support Qatari government, corporate and financial institution clients as well as foreign companies operating in Qatar. Being able to offer clients the very best support is critical to our commitment to Qatar.”
Mendens is an experienced corporate lawyer who advises on public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic investments, capital raising and structured finance transactions. He has expertise in the energy and resources sector and has served as a State Branch Member of AMPLA, the Australian Resources and Energy Law Association.
His move will also build on the firm’s strong relationships with clients in Asia Pacific who are active in Qatar and the Mena region.
“We have been active in the Qatari market for 25 years and this new phase builds on our success and enables us to serve our clients more efficiently on their corporate, M&A and similar projects” said Head of Corporate for the Middle East, Guy Norman. “Jason’s appointment demonstrates our ambition to deepen relationships for the long-term with Qatari enterprises and our global clients with interests in Qatar”
Clifford Chance maintains an impressive M&A track record in Qatar, having recently advised QNB on the acquisition of Societe Generale’s stake in National Societe Generale Bank Egypt, the largest cross-border financial services M&A deal in the Mena region in 2012.
It also advised Mannai Corporation on its acquisition of Damas International for which Clifford Chance was awarded M&A Deal of the Year by IFLR Middle East Awards. Clifford Chance won Legal Adviser of the Year — Mena at the Mergermarket M&A Awards 2012.
It was also named IFLR Middle East International Law Firm of the Year 2012, winning for the fifth time in six years. In the same year it won International Law Firm of the year at Asian Legal Business Middle East Awards.