Akin Gump Expands Investment Funds Practice to Abu Dhabi

(Washington, D.C.) – Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP announced today that partner Robert M. Griffin has relocated to Abu Dhabi to head the firm’s Middle East investment funds practice.  Mr. Griffin was most recently based in the firm’s London office. 

Mr. Griffin has 10 years of experience advising fund managers on the formation and operation of international private investment funds, including both hedge funds and private equity funds.

Natasha Kohne, partner-in-charge in Akin Gump’s Abu Dhabi office, commented, “The opportunities for Akin Gump’s global investment funds practice in Abu Dhabi and in the Middle East more widely are significant.  Bob’s expertise in structuring and servicing hedge funds and private equity funds will be invaluable to clients with both inbound and outbound opportunities in the Middle East.  By adding a dedicated funds partner to this office, bringing to four the number of partners on the ground in Abu Dhabi, we underscore the firm’s commitment to the region.”

Mr. Griffin added, “Abu Dhabi is becoming a center for fund managers seeking to expand their activities internationally and in the Middle East in particular.  Working closely with colleagues around the world, we are adding to our substantial international capability to provide advice to clients across all types of funds.”

Mr. Griffin received his B.A. cum laude from the University of Maryland in 1992.  He received his M.A. in 1997 and his J.D. with honors in 2000 from the University of Texas.

With more than 70 lawyers worldwide, Akin Gump’s investment funds practice has advised alternative investment funds for more than 30 years, helping many of the world’s largest and most prominent hedge and private equity funds raise, invest and realize billions of dollars.  Akin Gump has been ranked among the top firms in the world in the area of private equity and hedge fund formation by industry-leading publications including Institutional Investor, Alpha, Chambers USA, Chambers Global, Legal 500 and Hedge Fund Journal.

Akin Gump opened its office in Abu Dhabi in 2008.  The office is home to a team of highly experienced lawyers who advise in the fields of private equity, investment funds and hedge funds; international tax; entertainment and media; litigation and international dispute resolution; mergers and acquisitions; and energy. 

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a leading international law firm, numbers more than 800 lawyers and advisors in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. 

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