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 headcount up to 12 lawyers. Dechert also has two lawyers who split time between the Gulf and London, and has an association with a Saudi Arabian firm.