Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has opened an office in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The new office will add considerable depth to the firm's international footprint, expanding to 13 the number of offices the firm has around the world. The new office will advise clients within and outside the region in key practice areas, including global transactions, private equity, investment funds, communications, international dispute resolution, international tax, media and entertainment, capital markets, energy, and project finance and development.
Natasha Kohne has relocated from New York to be the managing partner of the office. Ms. Kohne will be supported by corporate partners Lee Kolodny and Elisabeth Cappuyns, who have relocated from Los Angeles and New York, respectively. An additional three associates from New York and London have relocated to Abu Dhabi to make up the full complement of those who will work in the Abu Dhabi office from the outset. It is anticipated that over the next three to four years the office will grow to 20 lawyers or more.
The Tahirih Justice Center, whose mission is to give women and girls fleeing from gender-based violence access to justice in the United States, has named Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP Law Firm of the Year in recognition of the firm's commitment to pro bono work. The award was presented in September at the Eleventh Annual Tahirih Justice Center Fundraising Benefit. Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan served as honorary chair.
Steven H. Schulman, chair of Akin Gump's pro bono practice, said, "Experienced, well-run and influential legal services organizations like Tahirih Justice Center are critical to the success of Akin Gump's pro bono practice. Tahirih has given dozens of Akin Gump lawyers the opportunity to represent women seeking immigration benefits, such as asylum and protection under the Violence Against Women Act, and also to help develop policy by advocating for legislation such as the International Marriage Broker Act. We look forward to continuing our work with Tahirih to combat violence against women."