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Clifford Chance elects new Real Estate partner in the Middle East as part of a global cohort of 30

29 April 2019

Clifford Chance elects new Real Estate partner in the Middle East as part of a global cohort of 30

Tariq Imam promoted to partnership Inaamul Laher and Nicola Reader promoted to counsel

Leading international law firm Clifford Chance today announces the promotion in the Middle East of one lawyer to partnership and two lawyers to counsel. The new partner promotion is part of a global cohort of 30 lawyers elected to the partnership, drawn from all of the firm's market-leading practices and across its global network.

This follows our announcement of Mo Al-Shukairy's appointment as Regional Managing Partner for the Middle East, commencing a four-year term on 1 May.

Mo Al-Shukairy added, "We are very pleased to welcome Tariq Imam to the partnership and to extend our congratulations to Nicola Reader and Inaamul Laher on their promotion to counsel. Our new appointments reflect our continued success in and commitment to the Middle East. Tariq, Nicola and Inaamul are highly respected by our clients and in the market. These promotions reinforce our capabilities in the region, to support the firm's clients in and out of the Middle East. We wish them every success."

The promotions take effect 1 May 2019. The promoted lawyers are:

  • Tariq Imam who leads our Middle East Real Estate Practice. His primary areas of focus are large development projects and real estate financing in the region, as well as investment deals (both direct and indirect) and transactions in the hospitality sector. Tariq also supports the firm's regional institutional investor clients on outbound transactions. He joined the firm in 2011 and is qualified in New Zealand.
  • Inaamul Laher who leads our regional front-end Construction group and is based in Abu Dhabi. He has a strong track record of working with sponsors/developers, government authorities, lenders (including ECAs, DFIs and Islamic financiers), institutional investors and contractors on the construction and maintenance of complex assets across all major industry sectors, including oil & gas, IWPs, conventional and renewable power, infrastructure/PPPs and major real estate schemes. Inaamul relocated from our London office in 2016.
  • Nicola Reader who is based in our Abu Dhabi office. Nicola trained with Clifford Chance and qualified into the London restructuring practice, and she has been based in the region since 2015. Her primary area of focus is financial restructurings/distressed debt and general financings. Nicola was recognised as a Rising Star at the IFLR Awards 2018.

New partners across the rest of Clifford Chance's network are:


Madalyn Miller, Finance, New York
Guido Liniado, Finance, New York
Michelle Williams, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Washington

Asia Pacific

Tianning Xiang, Corporate, Beijing
Mark Chan, Capital Markets, Hong Kong
Rocky Mui, Corporate, Hong Kong
Christine Xu, Corporate, Hong Kong
Vicky Ma, Finance, Hong Kong
Tom Walsh, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Hong Kong
Lei Shi, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Shanghai
Gareth Deiner, Capital Markets, Singapore
Nadia Kalic, Corporate, Sydney

Continental Europe

Jan-Hendrik Horsmeier, Corporate, Amsterdam
Dorothée Vermeiren, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Brussels
Stefan Bruder, Corporate, Frankfurt
David Pasewaldt, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Frankfurt
Kristof Meynaerts, Corporate, Luxembourg
Martin Wurth, Finance, Luxembourg
Ignacio Díaz, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Madrid
Gauthier Martin, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Paris

United Kingdom

Andrew Kelly, Capital Markets, London
Kate Vyvyan, Capital Markets, London
Jennifer Mbaluto, Corporate, London
Alexander Chester, Corporate, London
Peter Chapman, Finance, London
Nicholas Kinnersley, Finance, London
Caroline Dawson, Finance, London
Kate Scott, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, London
Richard Kalaher, TPE, London