In 2016, we expanded our global presence with three new offices, while celebrating our continued presence in key cities around the world.
In 2016, we strengthened our global presence with strategic new office openings, bringing our worldwide total to 39 offices.
As part of our five-year strategy to expand in the United States, on April 11, 2016 we opened a new office in Boston, an important business and legal hub with a growing market in areas that are strategic priorities for the Firm, including technology, private equity and capital markets. A team of white collar partners experienced in representing healthcare, financial services, manufacturing and energy clients was soon joined by partners focused on intellectual property matters, enhancing our ability to guide businesses in the life sciences and technology industries.
On October 23, 2016, we launched our Cairo office to meet the rising demands of Egyptian clients and international clients investing there. While we have advised clients in Egypt for more than 15 years, the recent introduction of economic initiatives and reforms resulted in strong GDP growth and made Egypt increasingly attractive to foreign investors. We operate in Egypt in association with the new Egyptian law firm MHR & Partners, allowing us to deliver both local knowledge and access to our global network.
We opened our new Melbourne office on December 1, 2016, launching our Australia practice. This strategic milestone supports the growth of our leading Global Energy, Infrastructure & Project Finance Practice. The opening of a new Sydney office will follow in 2017. Our new partners in the Melbourne office are highly experienced in advising on top-tier infrastructure projects and project financings in Australia and Southeast Asia.
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