The firm was hired to “provide guidance and counsel” related to the national security review process conducted by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, according to the form posted online Dec. 14 by the Senate’s public records office.
The change followed intense political opposition to federal approval that was given to another Dubai-controlled company, DP World, to manage six U.S. ports in 2006. Critics said that company, which sold its U.S. port operations to a U.S. based company in 2007, could not be trusted running the security-sensitive shipping apparatus.
Dubai International Capital, one of 19 subsidiaries of Dubai Holding LLC, owns about a 10 percent stake in New York-based hedge fund Och-Ziff Capital Management Group, which went public in November.
A majority of Dubai Holding is owned by a members of the ruling family of Dubai, one of the seven territories that make up the United Arab Emirates.
Walker Roberts, who was deputy staff director for the House International Relations Committee under former Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Ill., is registered to lobby for Dubai International Capital.
Lobbyists are required to disclose activities that could influence members of the executive and legislative branches, under a federal law enacted in 1995. They must register with Congress within 45 days of being hired or engaging in lobbying.