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Law firm Eversheds Sutherland hires head of real estate in Dubai

Andrew Thomson has been named head of real estate for the Middle East at the law firm

Eversheds Sutherland has hired Andrew Thomson as its new partner and head of real estate for the Middle East, based out of Dubai.
Eversheds Sutherland has hired Andrew Thomson as its new partner and head of real estate for the Middle East, based out of Dubai.

Eversheds Sutherland has strengthened its Middle East real estate practice by hiring partner Andrew Thomson, who joins the law firm from Gowling. At Gowling, Thomson was partner and head of real estate and hospitality.

According to a statement by Eversheds Sutherland, Thomson, now partner and head of real estate for the Middle East for the firm, will be joined by his team of Melissa Younan, principal associate, and paralegal, Hala Haddad.

Based in Dubai, all three will work with Eversheds Sutherland's real estate senior associate, Kevin Fidler, to “expand the global legal practice’s real estate offering in the region”.

The firm said the team will focus on bringing a “regional offering to real estate funders, investors, and developers”, in addition to growing the firm’s real estate offering in the region.

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Thomson’s remit includes advising investors, funds, financial institutions, and developers in sectors including retail, education, logistics, and residential.

He also advises local and international clients in sub-Saharan Africa, Eversheds added, with his clients including “some of the most prominent real estate funds, family offices, and international real estate corporates operating in the Middle East”.

Speaking on the move, Thomson said: “It is an exciting time for real estate in the region, while the UAE remains attractive to foreign investors, there are increasing opportunities across many of the jurisdictions.”

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David Watkins, co-head global real estate and planning at Eversheds Sutherland, added: “With growing reports of a surge in domestic and overseas investment, together with an increase in development mandates we’re seeing, the Middle East real estate market remains buoyant.”

The firm's managing partner Middle East, Tawfiq Tabbaa, said Thomson is a “well respected figure in the region’s real estate community and is highly regarded by his clients”.

Tabbaa added: “He will be an excellent addition to the practice and we look forward to him joining the team.”

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