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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Secures Elite Middle East Real Estate Duo

Firm builds out market-leading offering with arrival of Stephen Kelly and Sarah Mahood as Partners
November 11, 2020

International law firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) has taken another step toward becoming the world’s leading real estate legal advisory business with the arrival of Partners Stephen Kelly and Sarah Mahood earlier this month in the firm’s Dubai office.   

Both joined the firm from Dechert and are highly regarded real estate lawyers in their market, with a particular emphasis in the hotels and hospitality market.

Stephen, one of the leading real estate, development and hospitality specialists in the region, has extensive experience advising master developers, developers, hotel operators, service providers and other players in the real estate, development and hospitality industries.

Sarah, who has been recognized as a “Next Generation Partner” by The Legal 500, advises master developers, sub-developers, hotel operators, tenants, landlords, investors and lenders on all aspects of development, hospitality and commercial real estate.

The addition of their practice further builds on the firm’s already top-tier experience in the Middle East and follows on from the recent expansion of its market-leading Real Estate Practice in Europe with the addition of a seven-lawyer group in Paris, led by Partner Pierre Popesco.

Global Department Leader of Real Estate Chris de Pury said of the appointments: “The addition of Stephen and Sarah to the global Real Estate Team is extremely exciting. We are proud to already have a top-tier offering in the Middle East and the region is key for us. Adding their practice area experience and fantastic reputation is a real coup and further demonstration of our goal to become the world’s leading real estate legal advisory business. We look forward to continuing to build on our already first-class reputation in the region.”

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