Law firm Linklaters bolsters its TMT practice in the Middle East with Simmons Hire

Linklaters has expanded its technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) practice in the Middle East with the addition of a consultancy in Dubai.

Nick Roudev, a TMT specialist specializing in AI, electronic payments and data privacy law, has more than 10 years of practice experience in North America, Europe and Asia, the firm said in a statement.

He joins Linklaters from Simmons & Simmons, where he was managing partner of the firm’s digital business team since 2019.

Prior to joining Simmons, Roudev spent three years as a senior partner with Allen & Overy’s TMT practice in London, preceded by four years in Toronto, Canada as a technology lawyer with Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt, which he joined in 2012 after being called to the bar in Ontario.

In April, Linklaters appointed Reem Al Sayegh as a banking partner in Dubai as part of a promotion round that saw a record number of women advance within the company. Elsewhere, in May, the firm plunged for an intellectual property partner in the Frankfurt office of US competitor White & Case, which joins its TMT group in Germany.

“Nick is recognized as a regional expert and was recently appointed to the Technology and Digital Payments Advisory Group of the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) Digital Economy Tribunals,” the firm said.

“We have seen significant growth in the Middle East TMT sector over the past two years, and Nick’s on-the-ground expertise in Dubai will further strengthen our Global TMT bench to meet growing customer demand, we helping them to maximize seize opportunities in these exciting times,” said Adrian Fisher, Partner and Head of Asia TMT at Linklaters.

Simmons did not respond to a request for comment.

Denise W. Whigham