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Nick Smith and Jodi Norman to head up A&O’s Middle East Funds and Financial Services Regulatory group

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11 September 2019

Nick Smith and Jodi Norman have joined forces to head up A&O’s Middle East Funds and Financial Services Regulatory group.
Nick Smith and Jodi Norman

Nick has relocated back to Dubai from London, after spending eight years in the Middle East prior to that. He acts for numerous fund managers, sponsors and financial institutions on the establishment and management of, and investment into, investment funds, including shari’a-compliant funds. Nick also advises on a wide range of real estate matters, including large-scale developments, as well as corporate spin-offs and carve-out sales. He is rated in Band 1 as a leading individual for Investment Funds Middle East-wide, and as a notable practitioner for Investment Funds: Real Estate in Chambers Global.

Jodi is a veteran of the Middle East, having previously practised in the region for over five years. She advises on a wide range of financial services regulatory matters including licensing and registration, access to new markets, structuring novel financial products, day-to-day regulatory compliance and enforcement matters – the full suite of advice required by clients undertaking regulated business in the region.

The addition of Nick and Jodi adds significant strength and depth to our team in the Middle East, demonstrating A&O’s continued commitment to its sell-side and buy-side clients by offering a first class funds and financial services regulatory practice. Our clients include commercial banks, investment banks and broker-dealers, asset managers, investment consultants, pension funds and other institutional investors, exchanges, multilateral trading facilities and clearing houses, regulators and governments.

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