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Senior Partner: Charles Penney
Managing Partner: John Joyce
Number of partners: 252
Number of lawyers: 1,000

Firm Overview:
Imaginative solutions to pivotal business problems.

Good business depends on good advice. Which, ultimately, comes down to four words. Yes. No. Stop. Go. Many of the world’s most recognised and respected businesses — including 43 FTSE100 clients in the last two years — turned to Addleshaw Goddard to deliver just that kind of simple answer. They rely on the firm’s lawyers around the world to find imaginative solutions to their pivotal business problems, and to get things done.

The firm’s client portfolio is testament to its strength and range of expertise, including financial institutions, public sector bodies, successful businesses and private individuals. It is a market leader across its chosen sectors: financial services, retail and consumer, real estate, energy and utilities, transport, and health. Addleshaw Goddard offers a full range of legal services in all major jurisdictions and economic centres worldwide through the combination of its own offices, strategic alliances and a comprehensive preferred firm network of tried and tested correspondent full service law firms from amongst the best their respective jurisdictions have to offer. Addleshaw Goddard also has a formal alliance in Tokyo with Hashidate Law Office. Addleshaw Goddard has built up a wealth of insight and specialist expertise, that has been drawn together and expanded upon through the creation of a number of multi-disciplinary, international business groups covering key emerging jurisdictions. These are highly regarded and cover:

The dedicated India business group has a long history of supporting clients with in-bound and out-bound interests in India and across a variety of sectors.

Members of the Korea business group act on behalf of Korean clients in projects and disputes all over the world with example instructions covering power and water, infrastructure such as roads, tunnels, bridges and ports, heavy industries including off shore facilities and utilities including pipelines and exploration works.

Addleshaw Goddard has supported businesses investing in Malaysia in a variety of sectors over many years and has developed long term relationships with a number of the Malaysian Government funds that are investing in the UK and Europe. In conjunction with the Singapore office, the team also assists those who are looking to further their businesses in South East Asia.

North and Sub-Saharan Africa:
The firm has a wealth of experience in Africa, regularly advising clients on both deals and disputes in Algeria, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Africa and across the whole SADC territory whilst experience in Libya includes outbound investment work for their sovereign wealth funds. 

Main Areas of Practice:

The firm’s experienced team combines a deep understanding of Qatar and the GCC, with specialist expertise in corporate and commercial, finance, private wealth management, construction, projects, arbitration and dispute resolution to deliver high value, complex assignments across the Gulf region. Addleshaw Goddard also has the expertise and experience in Islamic Finance to help clients develop and use Shari’ah compliant structures and products for their business and transactions.

The Dubai office services those clients investing in the UAE and those who use Dubai as a hub for investment in the GCC. Having local specialist expertise in corporate and commercial, employment, private equity, construction, projects, arbitration, real estate, shipping and dispute resolution, it can also call upon the resources of the firm’s other specialists in the GCC to provide access to in-depth local knowledge and full service legal expertise that clients find reassuring.

The firm is well established in the German market, providing local expertise on a global scale to clients with business interests across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, the US as well as Africa and other emerging and frontier markets. Expertise spans banking and finance, corporate, M&A and private equity, litigation, commercial, international trade, and employment. The firm is particularly known for the impact it has created on behalf of its clients in several key markets, particularly transport, renewables, manufacturing, media, real estate and retail.

Hong Kong:
Addleshaw Goddard’s Hong Kong office advises clients who are looking to do business in Hong Kong and in the PRC with a focus on corporate, contentious, employment and regulatory matters. Corporate finance specialists have extensive expertise in Hong Kong corporate finance, Hong Kong IPOs, pre-IPO investments and restructurings, post-IPO regulatory and compliance matters, and secondary equity fundraisings as well as mainstream cross-border experience of M&A, joint ventures, divestments, investments and commercial transactions in Hong Kong and Mainland China and further afield across Asia.
The firm also assists clients on a full range of litigation and commercial issues, including international arbitration, commercial contracts and employment (contentious and non-contentious) issues. Its lawyers are able to speak English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

In Muscat, Oman legal services are provided through Addleshaw Goddard (Middle East) LLP’s association with Nasser Al Habsi & Saif Al Mamari Law Firm as an integrated practice providing advice to both Omani and non-Omani clients.
An experienced Oman-based team with a wealth of expertise advising clients with business interests in the Gulf region, Addleshaw Goddard’s absolute commitment to developing long term relationships and deep experience of doing business in the GCC across a range of legal disciplines, means that the firm has the right experience and credentials to support the opportunity and growth anticipated in the years to come, wherever it may occur. The Muscat office provides corporate, finance, projects and infrastructure and ancillary legal services as well as disputes capability to ensure all necessary support is given for clients engaged in corporate and commercial activities in Oman.

Lawyers in the team have lived and worked in the ASEAN region for many years acting on contentious and non-contentious matters in the construction, energy and infrastructure sectors as well as on cross border project developments, financings, joint ventures and corporate transactions in emerging and frontier markets in Africa and in Asia, representing multi-national companies, contractors, terminal operators, financial institutions, renewable energy companies, investors, property developers, e&p companies and others. Addleshaw Goddard also has experience of advising clients about disputes under all of the principal international arbitral rules and industry specific bodies.