When Burford Capital opened its first office in the Middle East in February, it said it was an opportune time to “double down” on the firm’s previous work in the region. After flying in and flying out for a number of years, Dan Hall, co-head of EMEA and co-head of asset recovery, Dubai, moved to the UAE with an eye on expected opportunities in the emirate and neighboring regions.

A good deal of the work the world’s largest litigation funder does in the Middle East tends to be enforcement for a client base primarily composed of financial institutions and banks, to which Burford sells finance. The UAE is an important hub, but construction disputes are starting to arise in Qatar post-World Cup.