DWF makes two senior apppointments in the Middle East

DWF is working to expand its energy sector expertise and strengthen its disputes practice

Slava Kirushin, partner, global head of energy, DWF
Jill Lindh 2017
Slava Kirushin, partner, global head of energy, DWF
Abdullah Eisa, senior associate, DWF
Jill Lindh 2017
Abdullah Eisa, senior associate, DWF

DWF, the global legal business as part of its continuing growth in the Middle East, has appointed Slava Kiryushin as partner and global head of energy and Abdalla Eisa as senior associate, both based in Dubai.

Slava joins DWF from CMS and was previously the General Counsel for Lukoil in the Middle East. He specialises in supporting international oil companies and major contractors working on oil and gas projects in the Middle East, in particular in Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Slava will be responsible for growing the DWF Energy practice and focusing on the Oil and Gas sector globally at DWF. 

Abdalla Eisa joins the business from Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla. He brings substantial experience handling litigation and dispute resolution matters for local, regional and international clients across a number of sectors and areas of UAE law, including real estate, employment, civil, criminal (white collar) and commercial disputes. Abdalla joins the Dispute Resolution practice as a senior associate and will be working with James Fox (Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution for the Middle East) and Haytham Alieh (Partner) and Slava Kiryushin.

DWF's managing partner in the Middle East, Shiraz Sethi commented: "I am pleased to welcome both Slava and Abdalla on board as we continue to expand our Dubai offering. The energy sector is a new market for our office and Slava's wealth of experience, and strong track record will be instrumental in developing our offering to wide range of clients in the Middle East. Abdalla's appointment further bolsters our robust litigation practice and brings additional Arabic capabilities to support our local clients."

Slava added: "DWF is a progressive global legal business, which is looking to strengthen its position as a leading advisor to businesses across a range of sectors. I'm excited by the ambitious international plans and look forward to joining the global energy team."

Slava and Abdalla's arrival follows the recent senior appointments of Thenji Moyo (Macanda), Jonathan Burton and Ali Al Assad who joined the Dubai office as the co-head of employment, legal director (corporate) and senior associate (employment) respectively.

The Dubai office now employs approximately 50 people providing clients with a full-service offering. The business has extensive experience advising local, regional and international companies in the defence and security, construction and infrastructure, energy, financial services, hospitality and leisure, retail, technology and transport sectors.

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