Philip Dowsett joins Addleshaw Goddard for ME Funds Practice Launch 

Global law firm Addleshaw Goddard (AG) has appointed Philip Dowsett (pictured) to its Dubai office, where he will lead the launch of a new Investment Management and Funds practice focused on clients operating in and from the Middle East. 

With over 15 years of experience in the region, Dowsett joins AG from Dechert, bringing his expertise in private funds and investment management. He will be part of an international team of 30+ lawyers specializing in various aspects of private funds, spanning AG’s offices across Europe. 

Dowsett’s reputation as a market leader in his field makes him a valuable addition to AG, as he will enhance the firm’s capabilities in regional fund matters, serving a diverse clientele. His clients include regional and international investors, private equity and venture capital firms, family offices, sovereign wealth funds, and corporates across industries such as energy, healthcare, technology, infrastructure, retail, and finance. 

Andrew Johnston, Addleshaw Goddard Head of Middle East and Asia, welcomed Philip saying: 

“Phil is one of the best-known names in his specialist field and we are delighted he has joined us to lead a new service-line and build on the current regional fund matters being handled by the European team. He has worked with fund managers from around the world on their Middle East platforms and structures, as well as regional family offices and corporates looking to establish PE-like structures and his arrival presents an exciting opportunity for us to respond to client demand and quickly establish a highly credible practice spanning the entire investment cycle.” 

Philip Dowsett, Addleshaw Goddard Partner and Head of Investment Funds MENA, added: 

“The Middle East is increasingly becoming home to a number of asset managers from the UK, Europe, Asia and other jurisdictions as well as a favourable regime for family offices from the region and outside. I share AGs ambition to build the number one investment funds practice in the region, as well as bolster its leading M&A and Corporate practice, and am looking forward to sharing with clients operating in this space the benefits of a growing full-service platform, especially with AG’s broad Middle East presence in the UAE, Oman, and Qatar, and the opening of a new office in Riyadh.” 

With Dowsett’s appointment, Addleshaw Goddard now boasts 22 partners operating across the Middle East, solidifying its position as a prominent player in the region. 

AG’s Private Funds Group covers a wide range of international mandates, specializing in private equity, real estate, infrastructure, and debt. The firm is particularly adept at handling complex hybrid funds models that are reshaping the funds landscape, including long-dated hybrid funds that incorporate the best features of open-ended and closed-ended funds.