07:33, January 18 438 0

2018-01-18 07:33:07
Eversheds reshuffles Africa and Middle East management

Eversheds Sutherland has made its latest management reshuffles with the firm announcing new heads of its African and Middle Eastern operations.

Former Middle East regional managing partner Nasser Ali Khasawneh is the new chairman for the region. He will also fill the role of TMT sector head for the Middle East, and will be the firm’s UAE senior office partner.

Tawfiq Tabbaa has taken over from Khasawneh as regional managing partner.

Khasawneh assumed the role in November 2012 and spent over five years in the position. He spent time in-house at Microsoft being leaving to start his own firm, Khasawneh & Associates, in 2003.

He joined legacy Eversheds after an association with the firm became a merger in 2011.

In Africa, disputes partner John Kemkers has assumed the role of African co-head and will join projects partner Boris Martor to head up the firm’s operations on the continent.

Kemkers will focus on the anglophone operations in the Eversheds Africa Law Institute, while Martor is responsible for its francophone and lusophone relationships.

The final change of note sees London-based global co-head of IP Simon Crossley become the firm’s new head of commercial after Bridgette Wilcox chose to step down after more a decade at the helm.

There were no elections in the appointment of these positions.

The announcements are the latest in a series of managerial appointments at the firm. Financial services head Pamela Thompson was named as the firm ‘s first female chair of Eversheds Sutherland International in early December, taking over from the outgoing Paul Smith, while litigation partner Ian Gray was elected to replace Dublin managing partner Alan Murphy as the firm’s new European chair.