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Freshfields appoints Michael Hilton as new regional managing partner for MENA

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (‘Freshfields’) has appointed Michael Hilton as its regional managing partner for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), effective 1 July. Michael has succeeded Pervez Akhtar, who has completed his term.

Having been at the firm for over 20 years, Michael spent his first decade at Freshfields in London and his second as a partner in the M&A team in MENA - based in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. His practice focuses on cross-border private and public M&A and joint ventures, with a focus on financial sponsor work and sovereign wealth funds, as well as major corporate clients. Michael has advised on many of the major outbound investments from the UAE in recent years and some of the highest-profile transactions within the region.

Freshfields Senior Partner Georgia Dawson commented: “We’re delighted to appoint Michael as our new regional managing partner for MENA. Freshfields has more than 40 years’ experience in the region with leading practitioners playing a key role in our strong global practices. Michael brings to the role a wealth of experience in the corporate and M&A space and is well-placed to build on our strength in the MENA region and beyond. I also want to recognise the significant contribution made by Pervez Akhtar over many years in helping to shape our excellent MENA business. Pervez remains committed to the firm and will continue to offer his unique insights and advice to his numerous clients.”

Freshfields Partner Michael Hilton added: “I’m excited to take on the leadership of our MENA region, which is recognised as having one of the pre-eminent transactional teams and a fantastic disputes practice. Our region presents many opportunities for growth, and I look forward to working alongside global leadership and the broader team on the ground to bring further success. I also look forward to continuing to work alongside our MENA team during what promises to be a very exciting period for Freshfields in the region.”