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The Doha office of Bennett Jones (Gulf) LLP celebrated its sixth anniversary since opening in the fall of 2011. The Canadian-based international law firm established itself in Qatar to better serve clients in the country and the Gulf region. Bennett Jones' office is located in Tornado Tower since 2013.
'It's been a tremendous six years here in Qatar, says George Vlavianos, Managing Partner of Bennett Jones' Doha office and leader of the firm's arbitration practice, who's been there from day one. 'When we opened our office in 2011, our goal was to serve Canadian and Gulf-based clients in the region and to help facilitate market and foreign investment opportunities between Qatar, the Gulf and Canada. We feel we've accomplished that and more. I am particularly proud of the disputes and arbitration practice we have built in Doha; it is second to none as is our team here on the ground in Qatar.
In its six years in Doha, Bennett Jones has handled a series of complex dispute mandates arising out of large-scale construction projects in Qatar and elsewhere in the Gulf region. The firm has also worked closely with sovereign wealth funds, ultra-high net worth individuals and their families.
'We've grown, become a part of the local business community and worked with some incredible clients, says Vlavianos. 'We're looking forward to continue growing and building our office and business here in Doha. Bennett Jones is one of the top energy law firms in the world, working for some of the largest conglomerates in the industry. The firm routinely acts on high-level dispute mandates in the energy and construction sectors, and has advised on some of the largest international oil and gas deals in recent years. Bennett Jones is fully integrated in Qatari life, as well. All of the lawyers and staff in Bennett Jones' office live in Doha with their families and support the local community. 'We all feel right at home here, says Vlavianos. 'Being a part of everyday life in Doha has made us part of the community. Bennett Jones' history in Canada dates back to 1922 when it opened its first office in Calgary. When oil was struck in Alberta in 1947, the firm's lawyers began drafting the original oil field contracts in Canada. Since then, Bennett Jones' energy practice has been the leader in Canada and expanded to serve clients around the world.
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