Atlanta-based firm, King & Spalding, opened an office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, this week. Philip Weems, head of the firm’s international energy practice, moved from the firm’s 105-lawyer Houston office to Dubai to oversee the office. Besides Weems, three King & Spalding partners and three associates from Baker Botts’ Middle East outpost will staff the new office. King & Spalding’s Dubai office will focus on Islamic finance and energy, and has room for as many as 17 attorneys at the new office.
Duane Morris opened a six-attorney office in Singapore. New York partner Eduardo Ramos-Gomez will be the managing partner in Singapore, along with five new partners from various international firms. Ramos-Gomez was the Mexican ambassador to Singapore from 1998 to 2001. The new office, now open after a year of planning, will focus on corporate finance, project finance, energy, cross-border transactions, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, real estate and telecommunications. Duane Morris also has plans to open two offices in Vietnam (located in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City) in the spring of 2007.