Latham & Watkins has relocated the Dubai-based head of its Middle East practice to Hong Kong.
 
Bryant Edwards focuses on capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and Islamic finance. He has particular expertise in high-yield debt offerings.
 
The move is aimed at shoring up Latham’s U.S. capital markets capability in Hong Kong. The firm has lacked a senior-level U.S. securities lawyer in the market since the high-profile departures last year of partners David Zhang and John Otoshi to Kirkland & Ellis.
 
A top partner with Latham in Los Angeles and then London for several years, Edwards relocated to Dubai in 2008 to lead the firm’s launch of four new Middle East offices. In addition to Dubai, Latham opened that year in Riyadh, Doha, and Abu Dhabi.
 
In July, he advised the underwriters in a $4 billion sovereign Islamic bond offering by Qatar. In 2009, he advised the government of Dubai on a $30 billion restructuring of its sovereign wealth fund.
 
Latham’s Hong Kong office managing partner Michael Liu says Edwards has a strong record of expanding the firm’s franchise overseas. “Bryant is a real builder,” he says.
 
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