Haitham Hawashin joins Baker Botts in Dubai
13 October 2020
Baker Botts, an international energy, technology and life sciences law firm, has announced that Haitham Hawashin has joined the firm’s corporate department as a partner in its office. Hawashin has extensive international and regional experience in public and private M&A, capital markets, private equity and complex cross-border transactions across many sectors, including technology and energy.
“Haitham is a well-known and highly regarded transactional practitioner. As we strategically invest across the firm, we continue to add high performing talent who can offer our clients a unique level of service and deep expertise. Not only will Haitham provide demonstrable value for our clients in the UAE and wider Middle East region, he will also significantly contribute to our growing cross-border corporate capabilities in the energy and technology sectors,” said John Martin, the firm’s managing partner.
The arrival of Hawashin, who joins the firm from Herbert Smith Freehills in Dubai, comes on the heels of strategic investments in the firm’s corporate department in London, where the firm recently announced the addition of corporate partner Nigel Stacey and special counsel Sian Williams from Gibson Dunn last month, and corporate TMT partner Stuart Blythe from CMS at the start of the year.
“Having experienced corporate partners like Haitham in the region enables us to offer clients a broad and distinctive skill-set on sophisticated deals in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and broader Gulf-region,” said Mark Rowley, partner-in-charge of London and the Middle East at the firm. “Haitham’s international practice, particularly in the public M&A space, also adds weight to our cross-border capabilities between London and the Middle East.”
Hawashin has practiced in the UAE since 2013 and prior to that held positions with leading international firms in Australia, Taipei, Jordan, London, Singapore and Hong Kong. He is experienced in public company work covering both equity and debt transactions including IPOs, bond issuances, block trades and strategic investor investments.