Lincoln, our Paris-based talent representation and management consultancy partner, has acquired a majority stake in Cooper Fitch, the largest privately-owned search firm in the Middle East.

Cooper Fitch is based in Dubai and will continue to operate in the region under its current brand as part of the acquisition while also gaining additional flexibility and resources to accelerate the company’s growth regionally.

"Lincoln already operates in 8 countries in Europe and Asia. The acquisition of Cooper Fitch - a leader company in the United Arab Emirates - strengthens our international presence and ability to serve international companies.

The Middle East region is becoming increasingly strategic with the deployment of numerous regional headquarters, the acceleration of intra-regional trade and a movement of talent from the Asian hubs, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore to Dubai.

Cooper Fitch is ahead of the curve on talent mobility, and their expertise will allow us to offer more opportunities to talented members of the Lincoln community.”

Gwenael Perrot, CEO of Lincoln

"The increasing flow of investment in the region is acting as a magnet for worldwide talent. This partnership provides new opportunities and additional resources to accelerate our expansion plans in the Middle East and Europe while maintaining our DNA”.

Trefor Murphy, founder and CEO of Cooper Fitch

“We keep on executing our growth plan. With this new partnership, we enter new geography for The Talent Club while we increase the number of international opportunities for our talents to thrive. We proudly welcome Trefor and his team to our exciting journey“.

Jerome Caille, Chairman of The Talent Club

About Lincoln:

Founded in 1992 in Paris, Lincoln is a leading provider of Talent Management and Talent Representation services and has been identified as a key player in the Executive Search industry. Lincoln brings together Talent Acquisition - Executive Search and Executive Interim Management - and Talent Development - Leadership Advisory and Outplacement, within specialised industry practices. With a presence in Europe and Asia, Lincoln supports leaders and managers throughout their professional lives.

About Cooper Fitch:

The brand was created following Trefor Murphy's acquisition of Morgan McKinely's Middle East business. The €6m turnover firm by the end of 2021 offers a heritage of expertise and relationships in the region, operating since 1997. Cooper Fitch provides recruitment, executive search, HR consulting and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) services to thousands of organisations in the Gulf. As a market leader, they provide world-class recruitment and HR consulting services.