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Gide pulls out of GCC

08 November 2010

Gide Loyrette Nouel opened its Dubai and Abu Dhabi offices in March 2009 to a fanfare. Gide observed at the time: “The simultaneous opening of [the] offices further strengthens the firm’s expansive network in the MENA region.” The theory was sound but, just 18 months later, Gide has pulled out of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and also Riyadh (where it had been for over 20 years). This not only ends its presence in the UAE and Saudi Arabia but, significantly, made it the first internationally-recognised firm to withdraw from the region completely.

“We took the decision to open in the Middle East before the financial crisis,” remarks Gide’s senior partner Pierre Raoul-Duval. “The original idea was to follow our French clients and French investments into the region, with particularly focus on the big projects, financial and construction matters. By the time we finally opened it was early...

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