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Law firm opens office in Qatar

October 16, 2019
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Lana Yaghi
Lana Yaghi. Courtesy Miller Canfield

A Michigan law firm with a presence in the region has expanded to Qatar.

Detroit-based Miller Canfield opened the office in Doha, Qatar — by way of the Qatar Financial Centre, which issued a license to Miller Canfield International, PLLC - QFC Branch to conduct a range of advisory and legal services, according to the firm last week.

“Adding an office in Doha is key to helping our clients capitalize on the rapidly expanding defense technology business,” said Michael McGee, CEO, Miller Canfield.

“Our diverse operational structure, which includes services provided by Miller Canfield Consulting, enables us to guide our defense sector clients through the legal, practical and political complexities involved in engaging with their governmental clients.”

The office will provide clients in the U.S. and Qatar with legal and consulting services.

It will serve U.S. defense contractors and mid-market companies in the defense, cybersecurity and aerospace industries, as well clients engaged in business with the Qatar Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Interior.

The new office is led by Pawel Chudzicki, who has been building up operations in Qatar for a global law firm for more than five years, and Lana Yaghi, who spent three years in Qatar.

Both attorneys will split their time between the firm’s Doha and Washington, D.C. offices.

Chudzicki and Yaghi have experience helping clients interact with the Qatar Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Ministry of Labor, Qatar Financial Centre, Qatar Science and Technology Park and other ministries and agencies.

“Pawel and Lana have a solid track record of representing U.S. clients in the defense and cybersecurity sectors engaged in business in Qatar, a strong ally of the United States and an important market for the U.S. manufacturing and service sectors,” McGee said.

“Their deep understanding of Qatar’s regulatory, commercial, financial and cultural landscape makes them uniquely qualified to advise private and public sector entities engaging in cross-border transactions between the U.S. and Qatar.”

Miller Canfield also has offices in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, as well as other offices in the state, across the U.S. and internationally.

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