Reed Smith strengthens global corporate group with three senior associates

Zahir Sabur, Marize Coetzer and Marie Borye

Zahir Sabur, Marize Coetzer and Marie Borye

Reed Smith announced the expansion of its global corporate group in Dubai with the hire of three senior associates- Zahir Sabur, Marize Coetzer and Marie Borye. The announcement follows a significant year of growth for the corporate team which welcomed 10 new partners across the EMEA region in 2020.

Sabur joins Reed Smith from the Investment Corporation of Dubai, the Dubai Government’s main investment organisation. His broad practice focuses on international M&A and private equity transactions, financial regulation, financing and investment, joint ventures, and company law issues. He also advises businesses on corporate governance and ethics, and compliance matters involving government and corporations.

Coetzer, an experienced senior associate, joins from Arab Media Group and has previously worked at Taylor. She specializes in advising clients in the media and entertainment industry and demonstrates a broad area of expertise including employment, commercial contracts, corporate, IP and data protection.

Borye, who joins from Taylor Wessing, is a legal consultant with a broad range of expertise including a focus on company set ups, corporate structuring for inward investment and corporate reorganisations, legal due diligence, business licensing, corporate and commercial regulatory compliance and licensing. She has advised local and international businesses in a wide range of industries including import/export, logistics, energy, technology, fast-moving consumer goods, life sciences, healthcare and education.

Delphine Currie, co-chair of Reed Smith’s Global Corporate Group, commented, “I am delighted to welcome Zahir, Marize and Marie, who each bring valuable expertise and a wealth of experience of working with international and UAE-based clients. The firm continues to invest in the corporate team to further enhance the support we can offer our clients.”

Sachin Kerur, office managing partner of the firm’s Middle East offices, said, “It has been a strategic priority for Reed Smith to continue building our practice in the Middle East for some time, and the arrival of Zahir, Marize and Marie further highlights our commitment. They all bring a broad range of expertise to the table further strengthening our corporate offering and would be significantly beneficial for our clients in the Middle East and globally.”

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