On the other hand, Addleshaw Goddard has welcomed Arun Visweswaran, a construction and commercial disputes specialist, as a partner in its Dubai office. Visweswaran, who spent 12 years at Clifford Chance, specializes in international and domestic arbitration, working across construction and commercial disputes, including technology-related disputes and advisory work. He has a strong track record in handling disputes under various arbitration rules, including the DIFC-LCIA. Andrew Johnston, AG’s Head of Middle East and Asia, emphasized the firm’s commitment to its Middle East construction practice and expressed enthusiasm for Arun Visweswaran joining their team. Visweswaran’s appointment coincides with AG’s expansion efforts in the Middle East, including the launch of a new office in Saudi Arabia, which now boasts six partners and 10 associates.
These strategic hires come as Dubai’s disputes sector experiences a flurry of high-profile movements, with US litigation heavyweight Quinn Emanuel opening a new office in the region and DWF bolstering its disputes team with two partners from Horizons & Co in August.