Linklaters' expansion drive in the Middle East is set to continue with the transfer of two London-based partners to the Dubai office.
Banking partner James Martin and capital markets partner Richard O'Callaghan are both making the move following July's appointment of Sarosh Mewawalla as the new Dubai managing partner.
Martin and O'Callaghan, who specialise in equity-based securities issues and leveraged finance, were both made up to partner in this year's round.
Mewawalla: "We are delighted that Richard and James will be joining our Dubai team. This represents a big investment by the firm in the Middle East and demonstrates our continuing commitment to the region. Our finance practice will continue to grow and develop in the Middle East as the market develops."
Mewawalla's predecessor Ewan Cameron, managing partner of the Dubai office since it opened in 2006, has become senior partner of the Middle East region.
The moves come as many firms ramp up their capabilities in the Middle East.
Latham & Watkins last month moved its London corporate group head, Bryant Edwards, to the region.
Firms that have received a license to practice in Abu Dhabi this year include Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, DLA Piper, Ashurst, Norton Rose and Eversheds and US firms Hogan & Hartson and Latham & Watkins.