Middle East and International Capabilities Expansion for Mayer Brown
Summary: Two partners will be joining the Washington D.C. and Chicago Corporate & Securities teams at Mayer Brown that specialize in Middle East relations.
Charles Salem Hallab and Tahan Thraya will be joining Mayer Brown as Corporate & Securities partners. Their addition to the firm will greatly strengthen the Middle East practice and their global transactions offerings. Both are coming to the firm from Baker & McKenzie LLP, as well as a few more associate members of their team.
Hallab served as chair of Baker & McKenzie’s Washington D.C. corporate and securities practice. He was also the leader of the Middle East practice and the international joint venture and strategic alliance practice for North America. Hallab’s new position with Mayer Brown will be as Chair of the Middle East practice and leader of the International Joint Venture and Strategic Alliance practice.
Thraya was the leader of the United Arab Emirates corporate and commercial practice at Baker & McKenzie. He also helped found the firm’s locations in Doha, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi. Thraya will take over as Head of the Middle East corporate and commercial team at Mayer Brown.
Both have represented several multinational companies, investment entities, and governmental agencies from around the world, and especially the Middle East. For now they will work out of the Washington D.C. and Chicago offices until, with regulatory approval, Mayer Brown opens up a new office in Dubai, after which Thraya will then serve as the local partner-in-charge.
Hallab earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and an MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. He earned a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University in international affairs and economics.
Thraya earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan and a B.A. from the University of Calgary. He is fluent in Arabic and has worked closely with clients in the UAE, Qatar, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia.