It will become the first international law firm to open offices in Libya since the overthrow of the Gaddafi regime.

Libyan lawyer Albudery Shariha will head the firm’s Tripoli office. He joins from the Libyan Investment Authority where he was general counsel.

Clyde and Co has confirmed that an additional four associates will join Shariha when the office opens on August 1, and it plans to actively recruit both Libyan and international lawyers in the coming months.

Shariha says the firm will act on Libya’s available opportunities as the country rebuilds itself and embarks on an “exciting new phase”.

Adrian Creed, Clyde and Co partner in Abu Dhabi adds: “We expect to undertake a mix of contentious and non-contentious work for Libyan government entities and international clients. A large number of companies are actively exploring opportunities in Libya and we envision a steady increase in activity.”