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Dubai Veteran Gerard Hobby Joins The Bench

Updated: Jul 28, 2019

The Bench FZE today announced it has welcomed Gerard Hobby to its team of legal consultants.

Gerard has over 26 years’ experience in the MENA region, including over 20 years in Dubai. He has a broad range of commercial experience in corporate, contract, private client, regulatory law and related disciplines across international borders. Gerard was part of the team that established the Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone (now the Dubai Development Authority Free Zone) in the early 2000s. Subsequent to that he was Chief Legal Officer (General Counsel) of Dubai Holding LLC (the holding company for the Jumeirah Group, Dubai Properties Group and TECOM Investments) from its inception in 2004 until 2017, and more recently, the Registrar of Companies for the Dubai Development Authority Free Zone.

Gerard commented “I am delighted to be joining The Bench and working again with Joby. I am confident my long experience of working in Dubai and the Gulf will be of benefit to The Bench's clients."

Joby Beretta, Director of The Bench said, “I had the pleasure of working with Gerard over a decade ago when I was working at Jumeirah and he was General Counsel at Dubai Holding. He is a veteran of the Dubai legal system and his general corporate/commercial and compliance experience will be extremely beneficial for our clients – especially our UAE based conglomerates and freezone authority clients”.

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