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Eversheds the first international law firm to be granted an operating licence by the Qatar Financial Centre
Eversheds LLP is the first international law firm to be awarded an operating licence by the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC). Eversheds' new office will be based within the QFC, which is in the heart of the business district of Doha.
Eversheds has been working for the last three years in co-operation with a leading local firm of commercial lawyers A Rahman Mohamed Al-Jufairi Advocates & Legal Consultants (Al-Jufairi). The granting of the licence from the QFC marks a new phase for the firm in the Gulf region as the office in Qatar becomes a fully integrated and wholly owned office of Eversheds LLP. Chris Jobson, partner with Eversheds LLP, who has been on secondment to Al-Jufairi in Qatar for the last two and a half years and who will head up Eversheds' office said: "We will continue to work closely with Al-Jufair. This is by no means the end of the road for that relationship and we will continue to refer work to each other. However, this is a very exciting time for Eversheds LLP. Being the first ever international law firm to gain a licence to operate in the Qatar Financial Centre will put us right at the heart of the business centre of the country, especially as we will be working side by side with existing clients of Eversheds who are now also based in the QFC.
"The QFC was established in 2005 and is designed to attract international financial services institutions and multi-national corporations to encourage participation in the growing market for financial services in Qatar and the Gulf region. To date, licences to operate have been granted amongst others to Ansbacher, Axa, Barclays, BDO, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley and Standard Chartered." Lawyer Sami Abu Shaikha, previously with the Qatar Ministry of Justice, will join Chris in establishing the office in Qatar together with a bilingual English qualified lawyer.
Current clients of Eversheds LLP in Qatar include departments and agencies of the Qatar Government as well as transport and banking companies. Eversheds clients in the Gulf also include banks based in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi and development companies.