Baker & McKenzie LLP will merge with United Arab Emirates 40-lawyer law firm Habib Al Mulla on July 1, to create Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla. The firm will advise clients on local and international law in its Dubai offices and, with regulatory approval, in Abu Dhabi.
Baker & McKenzie LLP’s latest outpost will open on Aug. 1 in Casablanca, Morocco, a city of 4 million people where the firm’s new lawyers will focus on corporate deals and disputes in North Africa. It will be the Baker & McKenzie’s third office in Africa and 71st globally.
Withers LLP (known as Withers Bergman LLP in the U.S.) named Ivan A. Sacks global chairman as of July 1. He succeeded Anthony Indaimo, who stepped down after serving the firm’s maximum of two terms as chairman.