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Leading UAE Corporate Finance attorney Richard Ernest Joins Rimon Law in new Dubai office

News Richard Ernest Richard Ernest · January 17, 2020

London/Dubai  -- Leading international law firm Rimon Law welcomes Corporate Finance attorney Richard Ernest as a Partner in its new Dubai office. The office in Dubai will act as the hub for the firm's planned expansion in the region.

Mr. Ernest joins Rimon from Gibson Dunn, where he also worked as a Partner. Mr. Ernest has been cited as a top attorney by numerous ranking agencies, including being featured in Chambers Global 2019 as a leading lawyer for the United Arab Emirates: Banking & Finance; Legal 500 EMEA and IFLR 1000.

Rimon’s Dubai office, along with the opening of two offices this month in Berlin and Sydney, marks the 30th location featuring Rimon attorneys. Last year, the firm expanded into Moscow, Warsaw, Baltimore, and Tucson. The firm won The American Lawyer Magazine’s the Recorder “Alternative Law Firm of the Year” award. Rimon has repeatedly been named by the Financial Times as one of the most innovative law firms.

Mr. Ernest, an English-law qualified solicitor, advises borrowers, investors and lenders on all aspects of finance transactions, including domestic and cross-border acquisitions and corporate lending.

His more than 20 years of experience include Islamic and conventional leveraged and structured finance, project and ECA-backed finance, acquisition finance, real estate finance and restructurings and workouts.

“With his work establishing offices for some of the leading global law firms, and his representation of some of the top companies operating in the Gulf region, Richard has been a true innovator in the legal world. We are happy to welcome him to Rimon, where he will fit in with other best-in-breed attorneys who are looking to be able to forge their own path to success,” said Michael Moradzadeh, CEO of Rimon.

Mr. Ernest previously worked as a Partner at Clifford Chance, where he established that firm’s Abu Dhabi office. He has also worked in London and Frankfurt.

“I was looking for a firm that rewarded Partners for an entrepreneurial mindset and allows us to develop innovative methods for working with clients to achieve the best possible outcomes. Rimon’s long-standing reputation, and the firm’s growing strength in corporate finance and international law, makes them a natural fit for my practice,” said Mr. Ernest.

Mr. Ernest earned his Legal Practice Course from the College of Law – Chancery Lane, his C.P.E. from the University of South Wales and a B.A. from the University of Exeter.


Rimon is a highly selective international law firm, consistently recognized for its excellence, innovation, and teamwork throughout its 30 offices in eight countries and three continents. Rimon's decentralized, distributed model allows for greater efficiency and collaboration to better serve our clients. Rimon’s Corporate Team possesses expertise spanning the spectrum of a company’s life cycle, advising companies ranging from early-stage enterprises to large public corporations, as well as financial institutions, on almost every type of corporate matter, and works closely with the Tax, Intellectual Property, Private Client, and Litigation Teams to assure full-spectrum representation and a deep level of coverage for our clients.

Rimon was named Alternative Law Firm of the Year for 2019 by The American Lawyer Magazine’s the Recorder. The firm has been repeatedly recognized by the Financial Times as one of North America's most innovative law firms. The firm’s Managing Partners were both named ‘Legal Rebels’ by the American Bar Association’s ABA Journal and have spoken on innovations in the practice of law at Harvard and Stanford Law Schools. Rimon and its lawyers have also received numerous awards for excellence, including from Best Lawyers and Chambers.