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Pillsbury Opens Abu Dhabi Office to Reinforce Mideast Practice

October 26, 2011

Oct. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, a New York law firm with more than $500 million in gross revenue in 2010, opened an office in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates.

The firm’s regional clients include Emirates Nuclear Energy Corp., which it is advising on a $20 billion project, it said today in a statement announcing the office’s opening. The firm also advised on contracts for a power plant in Kuwait, the Sharm El-Sheikh desalination project in Egypt and the construction of a cement plant in Abu Dhabi, it said.

“With Abu Dhabi becoming increasingly significant to Pillsbury and our clients, we are very pleased to have received permission from UAE authorities to establish this office significantly raising our profile and commitment to this strategic area of the world for energy, finance and trade interests,” firm chairman Jim Rishwain said in the statement.

Pillsbury partner David J. Cynamon relocated from Washington to serve as the managing partner of the new office, which opened today and will have five lawyers.

The firm also plans to hire an Emirati attorney to provide greater service to its clients, Rishwain said today in a phone interview from Abu Dhabi.

--Editors: Charles Carter, Andrew Dunn

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