Addleshaw Goddard, international law firm, is expanding its presence in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), in preparation for its upcoming launch in the region. The firm has announced the addition of Christian Both, a corporate partner, to its Riyadh-based Partner group. Christian joins from Clifford Chance LLP and its KSA joint venture AS&H Clifford Chance.
With Christian’s appointment, the number of partners based in the KSA office now stands at six. He brings with him extensive expertise in corporate and commercial law, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, equity investments, general corporate advisory, commercial contracts, and initial public offerings. Christian has worked in the Kingdom since 2009 and has been involved in some of its most complex and significant corporate transactions. He has previously worked with prominent law firms, including Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in its Munich, Dubai, and Riyadh offices.
The firm’s planned launch in the KSA market has received a positive response from the market, and Addleshaw Goddard’s investment in the new office reflects their determination to support clients in the region and capture new market share. Andrew Johnston, Head of Middle East and Asia at Addleshaw Goddard(pictured), expressed delight at Christian’s decision to join the team and believes his arrival will enhance the firm’s reputation, diversify the client base, and attract higher-value assignments.
Christian Both’s appointment follows the recent addition of three other KSA-based lateral hires, including Banking & Finance partner Amar Meher from Latham & Watkins, Ibrahim Siddiki from Bracewell, and M&A expert Homam Khoshaim, formerly at Latham & Watkins. Additionally, Projects & Infrastructure partner Alex Sarac is relocating from Addleshaw Goddard’s Dubai office to complete the partner group in Riyadh.
Addleshaw Goddard’s aspiration in the KSA market is to provide clients with a full-service capability to support a wide range of inbound and outbound assignments. The firm’s presence in the MENA region is expanding, and with Christian’s addition, the total number of AG partners in the Middle East now reaches 23. The firm also recently announced the appointment of Philip Dowsett to lead the launch of an Investment Management and Funds practice serving clients operating to and from the Middle East, in addition to his work in M&A and Private Equity.