Vinson & Elkins snags another construction lawyer from Hogan Lovells in Dubai

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  • Nabeel Ikram is the third construction dispute hire from Hogan Lovells since October
  • Ikram started with Hogan Lovells and had stints at Dechert and Clyde & Co

(Reuters) - Vinson & Elkins has hired partner Nabeel Ikram for its litigation practice in Dubai from Hogan Lovells, the firm said on Tuesday.

Houston-founded Vinson & Elkins said Ikram focuses on engineering and construction disputes across the Middle East. He conducted the first-ever construction case before the Dubai International Financial Centre courts, the firm said.

Ikram said in a statement that he will work at Vinson & Elkins with former colleagues Roberta Downey and Angus Rankin. The pair had joined the international construction disputes practice of Vinson & Elkins as partners from Hogan Lovells in October 2021.

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Ikram started his career at Hogan Lovells before returning to the firm as a partner in 2016, according to his LinkedIn profile. He has also had stints at Dechert, the now-defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf and Clyde & Co, as per the profile.

A Hogan Lovells representative said the firm wishes Ikram well.

Vinson & Elkins has also seen attorney exits in Dubai. In February, former Dubai managing partner Amir Ghaffari said he had left the firm to start his own international arbitration boutique firm called Ghaffari Partners.

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