Six months ago, Crowell & Moring launched an office in Qatar with the vision of serving the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region from Doha. The global firm chose to open an office in Doha during the peak of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The firm maintains a team of more than a dozen legal professionals, including award-winning lawyers, who individually have decades of legal experience, making it one of the largest international law firms in Qatar. “The decision to invest in Qatar has proven to be incredibly rewarding,” said Charbel M. Maakaron, Managing Partner of Crowell & Moring’s Doha office. Maakaron, named as “one of eight people to know in Qatar” according to Construction Week Online, commented: “If the past months are indicative of our performance, we cannot be more excited about the future.” During this time, the firm has built relationships with more than 100 clients ranging from “innovative start-ups to large multinationals,” he said.
“Doha offers a trio of strengths. Significant investments for the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, an ultra-modern infrastructure, and a world-class airline make this an excellent location for conducting business in the region”, added Maakaron.
Founded over 40 years ago with a commitment to build a different kind of law firm, Crowell & Moring LLP today is an international law firm representing clients in litigation and arbitration, regulatory and transactional matters. With approximately 600 lawyers based in the United States, Europe, Middle East, and Asia, the firm helps international corporations and emerging enterprises navigate complex legal challenges and create business solutions across the globe.
With a substantial track record handling large infrastructure projects across the globe, Crowell & Moring is well-positioned to advise clients on how best to invest and capitalize on the strategic priorities and business opportunities outlined in the Qatar National Vision 2030.
Many of the firm’s clients include Fortune 100 companies, Qatari government entities and private sector organizations, from a variety of industries including infrastructure, corporate, education and banking to name a few. In Qatar, the firm specializes in large infrastructure projects as well as helping clients in the transportation, healthcare, defense, aviation, technology, tourism/hospitality, education, retail, construction and energy sectors. Crowell & Moring also represent several Qatari clients in multibillion-dollar international arbitrations and client dispute matters in the U.S., U.K. and Switzerland.
Despite the economic downturn in 2020, Crowell & Moring has defied the trend and had one of the most successful years in its history. The firm ranked in the top 50 US law firms in terms of Revenue Per Lawyer, a 10-place jump from last year. The legal industry has long viewed this economic indicator as the most reliable measure of a firm’s financial health. The firm has also improved 46.6% in terms of Profits Per Equity Partner, which the American Lawyer notes were the largest year-over-year PPEP growth rate of any firm in the list.
The firm has won many awards. The Financial Times has named Crowell & Moring one of its “Top Five Most Innovative Law Firms” in North America, which featured the top firms that “do well both in terms of their rounded performance in 2020 and in their use of data and technology across all aspects of their business.” The firm has also been named as “Most Feared in Litigation” by BTI Consulting, on a list that recognizes the most feared law firms in litigation, based on more than 350 legal decision-makers at large organizations with $1 billion or more in revenue.
As Crowell & Moring has expanded, the firm has redoubled its commitment to pro bono work. Today, Crowell & Moring lawyers contribute more than 35,000 hours in pro bono legal services annually to the indigent and suffering in our local communities and around the world. This year, the firm was recognized by the National Law Journal for having one of the leading pro bono practices in the U.S. and named to its prestigious “Pro Bono Hot List.” In an example of the firm’s work in this area, its lawyers recently secured freedom for a man who spent more than three decades in prison for a murder he did not commit. In Doha, Crowell plans to contribute to pro bono legal services and engage in community service in an impactful way.
“The more we learn about opportunities in Qatar, the more we are invested in the promise of growing and forging a lasting partnership,” said Philip T. Inglima, chair of Crowell & Moring. “Our Doha office is very important to our expanding global practice, and we look forward to growing our capabilities in this strategic market to meet the diverse needs of our dynamic client base.”
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