Detroit-based Miller, Canfield, Paddock, and Stone is opening an office in Doha, Qatar. It will be integrated with the firm’s offices in Michigan, Washington, D.C., and Chicago to provide a platform for clients, including U.S. defense contractor and mid-market companies in defense, cybersecurity, and aerospace, to engage in business in both countries.
The office can open now that the Qatar Financial Centre has issued a license to Miller Canfield International PLLC – QFC Branch to conduct advisory and legal services.
“Adding an office in Doha is key to helping our clients capitalize on the rapidly expanding defense technology business,” says Michael McGee, CEO of 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 Qatar team will offer consultancy, legal, and advisory services. The attorneys who will work on Qatar matters have lived and worked in Qatar for years and have advised on some of the largest transaction between Qatar and the U.S. in the defense sector.
Miller Canfield will continue to offer assistance to clients engaged in business with the Qatar Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Interior, and the private sector.
Pawel Chudzicki will lead the Qatar practice. He spent more than five years in Doha building up the operations of a global law firm, as well as Lana Yaghi, who spent three years in Qatar. They will spend time in both the Doha and Washington, D.C. offices.
“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,” says McGee. “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.”
The two have experience helping clients work with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce State, the Qatar Financial Center, Qatar Science and Technology Park, the Ministry of Labor, and other ministries and agencies. Miller Canfield’s lawyers have advised clients on the entire corporate lifecycle, including entity formation and dissolution, labor law issues, commercial transactions, corporate governance, procurement and tender requirements, privacy issues, and anti-bribery laws.
Miller Canfield has offices in Shanghai, China; Monterrey, Mexico; Windsor, Canada; and Warsaw, Gdynia, and Wroclaw in Poland. Its U.S. offices are in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Troy, Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York, Cincinnati, and Cleveland. The firm has more than 220 lawyers practicing in all major areas of law and 18 offices.