Addleshaw Goddard has continued to strengthen its GCC offering with the appointment of Real Estate Partner Louise Vun as part of the firm's strategy of investing in new service lines in growth areas beyond the firm's established core offering of international arbitration, construction litigation and corporate.

Louise is the firm's first Real Estate partner in the GCC outside of its UK offices, and joins from the Dubai office of Allen & Overy. She has experience in a wide range of real estate matters in the Middle East including hospitality, mixed-use community schemes, real estate finance, restructurings and joint ventures. Louise is also familiar with the structural requirements of Shari'a-compliant real estate and has worked on some of the market first real estate transactions in the UAE structured for international institutional investors.

Louise has experience in a wide range of sectors and represents government entities, sellers, purchasers, owners, developers, lenders, borrowers, landlords and tenants.

Commenting on the appointment, Andrew Greaves, Head of GCC Region said: "Louise has significant experience of acting in Dubai and the wider region and a real estate practice which can be leveraged across our three GCC offices, and the UK as well as complimenting the investment we have already made in the UAE."

"We are delighted Louise has joined the team. This latest investment by us in a growth area is a further statement of our intent to deliver to clients the benefits of a fully integrated, high quality service across our office network in the GCC."

Addleshaw Goddard opened its Dubai office in September 2012, following the appointment of international arbitration and construction litigation expert Andrew Greaves. Since then, the firm has continued to grow in the region by opening two further offices in Muscat and Doha. The total number of partners across the region now stands at 10. The firm also has a further four partners across its offices in Singapore and Hong Kong, and highly regarded Business Groups covering Africa, India, Korea and Malaysia.

Addleshaw Goddard is also able to deliver a high quality, borderless client service anywhere in the world through its preferred firm network which covers all major jurisdictions and regions.