Addleshaw Goddard appoints corporate expert Ben Gillespie to Dubai office
Addleshaw Goddard has appointed corporate expert Ben Gillespie to its Dubai office in a move to further strengthen its core GCC offering. Gillespie joined the law firm’s International Division as a partner on 4 November 2013.
Gillespie joined Addleshaw Goddard from Clyde & Co’s Middle East group with an established reputation in the region for advising multinational corporations, regional businesses and household names on a variety of corporate transactions.
He has knowledge of the local market, having spent seven years working in Dubai, where he built up experience of regional and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity investments.
Addleshaw Goddard opened its Dubai office in September 2012, following the appointment of projects and construction expert Andrew Greaves. Since then, the firm has accelerated its growth in the region by opening two further offices in Muscat and Doha and making four partner appointments: Roger Byrne and Charles Schofield in Muscat and Hussein Damirji and Martin Brown in Doha.
Gillespie will support Greaves on the day-to-day running of the Dubai office and work alongside corporate partners Keith Johnston and Tim Field, whose practices include advising clients active in the UAE.
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