Three Crowns bolsters Middle East practice with Bahrain office launch 

The Bahrain office will be led by Three Crowns partners Jan Paulsson and Scott Vesel

Jan Paulsson

Jan Paulsson

BAHRAIN: Three Crowns LLP, the world’s first global arbitration law firm, has opened an office in Bahrain. 

The Bahrain office will be led by Three Crowns partners Jan Paulsson and Scott Vesel.

Three Crowns already has an established reputation and presence in the Middle East, counting the Kingdom of Bahrain and Sultanate of Oman amongst its clients, as well as a number of corporate clients with bases or activities in the region.  The firm has advised or represented clients in disputes arising in the energy, construction, telecoms and defence sectors and in jurisdictions across the region, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the State of Qatar, the Arab Republic of Egypt, the State of Kuwait, the Republic of Yemen, the State of Libya and the Republic of Iraq.

Jan Paulsson is a founding partner of Three Crowns and has practiced exclusively as an advocate and arbitrator in international cases since 1975.  He arrives to Bahrain from the firm’s Washington, DC office, which has grown from two to 15 attorneys since its founding in 2014.  Jan has decades of experience representing parties in disputes arising in the Middle East, and has had a home in Bahrain for nearly twenty years.

Scott Vesel joined Three Crowns at its founding in 2014.  He has over a decade of experience handling complex international investment and commercial arbitrations in the oil and gas, construction, energy, technology and agribusiness sectors, with a particular focus on disputes arising in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. 

Reza Mohtashami QC, who previously practiced in Dubai for six years and has particular experience of handling disputes in the Middle East and North Africa, will continue to represent a wide range of clients from the region from the firm’s London office. 

Three Crowns Partner Jan Paulsson said: “Given the rapid growth of the firm’s practice in the Middle East, Three Crowns’ decision to expand into the region was an obvious one.  In choosing Bahrain for our new office, we will benefit from its status as a sophisticated financial center and proximity to other key regional hubs.”

The Bahrain office is Three Crowns’ fourth international location following the firm’s launch in April 2014 when it simultaneously opened its doors in London, Paris and Washington D.C.


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About Three Crowns

Three Crowns is a firm committed to excellence in international arbitration and international law. Launched in April 2014 with offices in London, Paris, and Washington, DC, its team of over 60 attorneys has been at the forefront of many of the most significant commercial, investment, and inter-State arbitral cases of the past decades. This collective expertise is brought to bear with substantial, direct, and continuous partner involvement in each matter handled by the firm.  Visit

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