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13 May 20242 minute read

DLA Piper bolsters Financial Services capability

DLA Piper welcomes Adrianus Schoorl back to its Middle East team, further strengthening our Middle East Financial Services practice. With a distinguished career spanning several decades, Adrianus brings a wealth of global and regional knowledge in traditional financial services, virtual assets, data regulation, and fintech to the team. He will collaborate closely with the firm’s technology, corporate, finance and regulatory/investigations teams, enhancing the capabilities and value delivered to clients.

His specialization lies in financial services and payments, with a focus on licensing strategies, compliance, capital raising and governance as well as navigating regulatory frameworks and his key clients include leading fintech, traditional financial services and private equity funds. Additionally, he is well-versed in data regulation, including GDPR and its MENA counterparts, as well as financial technology-related matters such as e-commerce and crypto. Previously, Adrianus held key roles at prominent white-shoe and magic circle law firms, where he built and led successful financial services practices.

Adrianus’ career highlights include four years working as a financial services regulator across Europe, the Middle East, and North America. He also spent time in-house with a global fintech.

“We are excited to welcome Adrianus Schoorl back to DLA Piper,” said Peter Somekh, Regional Managing Partner Middle East at DLA Piper. “His wealth of experience and client-focused mindset will be invaluable in strengthening our Middle East Financial Services practice and offering true insight and expertise to our clients.”

Adrianus Schoorl added: “This is a great opportunity for me to return to one of the largest global business law firms in the Middle East. I have immense respect for the platform and its people, it is truly amazing to see that the firm has further cemented and grown its leading position in key markets across the globe”.