We have a dedicated Europe, Middle East and Africa practice based out of our Dubai and London offices. We have built considerable expertise in the region and regularly undertake investigations and FCPA due diligence for companies with interests there in a broad range of sectors.
With this experience comes an understanding of both the details of the investigative process (i.e., what information is publicly available and where it can be found); the political, business and cultural contexts; and the nuances of particular types of investigations, such as evaluating the risks associated with transactions in certain industries.
We are very familiar with all the key issues that concern our clients when considering operating in the region: international sanctions; allegations of terrorism financing; overt or concealed links between royals, government officials and business; the privileged role of the military in commercial life; and the impact of cultural business practices such as wasta and baksheesh.
Our team of regional experts is led by Martin Stone, a Partner of the firm based in London. An experienced investigator, political analyst, author, and Arabic speaker, Martin directs the firm’s anti-corruption, due diligence and business intelligence initiatives and travels frequently to Africa and the Gulf region.