Dechert has added its first real estate attorneys to its Dubai office, bringing on a pair from King & Spalding to fill a hole in its Middle East practice.

With the acquisition of former King & Spalding partner Stephen Kelly and of counsel Sarah-Jane Mahood, now a national partner, the firm brings its Dubai head count up to 12 attorneys. Dechert also has two lawyers who split time between the Gulf and London, and has an association with a Saudi Arabian firm.