Press Release

Morgan Lewis Enhances Middle East Dispute Resolution and Regulatory Capabilities with the Addition of Rebecca Kelly

December 01, 2014

DUBAI, December 1, 2014: Morgan Lewis has enhanced its dispute resolution and regulatory services out of its Dubai office with the addition of partner Rebecca Kelly, an accomplished lawyer with nearly a decade of experience handling dispute resolution and regulatory matters in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and across the Middle East region.

Formerly a partner at another global law firm, Ms. Kelly has been based in the UAE since 2005. She brings strategically important on-the-ground UAE law capabilities at a time of Dubai’s growing importance as a focal point for global clients expanding in the Middle East, Africa, and across other emerging markets. She has focused her practice on arbitration, litigation, corporate and regulatory compliance, occupational safety and health (OSH), and white collar crime. Ms. Kelly, who represents clients in a regional and international context, has successfully developed and effected strategy for clients involved in disputes, and defended civil and criminal proceedings brought by government authorities. She has been involved in developing UAE regulatory compliance manuals for corporate entities, and is actively involved in OSH law reform in the region.

At Morgan Lewis, Ms. Kelly will support the firm’s existing Dubai team of lawyers who advise regional and international clients on inbound and outbound Middle East transactions, primarily in structured finance, capital markets, Islamic finance and investment, corporate/M&A, funds, private equity and venture capital, in sectors such as energy, TMT, healthcare, education, consumer goods and retail, and real estate. She will also be closely integrated with Morgan Lewis’s global litigation and regulatory practice to facilitate and represent clients that have a presence in the region.

“We are pleased to welcome Rebecca, whose arrival enhances our ability to handle sophisticated business disputes and regulatory compliance matters for our clients,” Firm Chair Jami McKeon said. “Our clients expect that their outside counsel will be able to field an appropriate combination of Dubai-based and global services at short notice, and the addition of Rebecca addresses that need.” 

“We continue to honor our strategic commitment to expand our cross-practice legal services by offering clients full-scale legal support in an increasingly regulated environment” said Ayman A. Khaleq, managing partner of the firm’s Dubai office and a partner in the Business and Finance practice. “Rebecca’s regional disputes and regulatory practices complement our strong firmwide corporate and transactional teams perfectly while strengthening our ability to advise clients on UAE law matters.”