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Kem U Ihenacho

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Mr. Ihenacho is an M&A lawyer with more than 18 years of experience, focusing on UK and international private equity, infrastructure and M&A transactions and is co-Chair of the Africa Practice.

He is recognized as a leader in his field by numerous publications. Prior to joining Latham & Watkins he was a partner in the private equity group at Clifford Chance. Mr. Ihenacho has sat on the legal advisory boards of various private equity industry bodies.

London: Corporate and commercial

Private equity: transactions ‚Äď high-value deals (¬£250m+)

Within: Leading individuals

Kem Ihenacho - Latham & Watkins

Within: Private equity: transactions ‚Äď high-value deals (¬£250m+)

Described as a 'very classy outfit' by one client, Latham & Watkins¬†' large City team advises on a wide range of transactions for a number of large buyout houses.¬† Notably, the firm represented Hellman & Friedman and Blackstone on their failed ‚ā¨5.7 billion takeover offer for Scout24 AG - which would have been the biggest public-to-private deal in Germany to date. Global vice chair of corporate¬†¬†David Walker¬†and global vice chair of private equity Kem Ihenacho¬†are key figures in a London team which also includes recently made up partner¬†Linzi Thomas¬† who has a keen interest in Africa matters. Also recommended is Tom Evans, whose key clients include the likes of Permira and Platinum Equity. Working closely with experienced PE teams in Germany, France, Spain and Italy, the London group delivers¬†a seamless pan-European service on cross-jurisdictional mandates. The practice further benefits from the firm's¬†broader finance and capital markets offering, which ensures it can handle¬†all forms of loan, bond and hybrid capital structures when it comes to transaction financing.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas

Within: Oil and gas

The multi-disciplinary oil and gas team at Latham & Watkins advises a diverse mix of investors, ranging from private houses and NOCs to banks and oil majors, as well as governments and service providers. The team is particularly strong in the cross-border M&A space but covers the full gamut of matters, including dispute resolution, anti-bribery issues and sanctions. The London team is jointly led by corporate expert Simon Tysoe and Islamic finance and Middle East specialist Craig Nethercott. Kem Ihenacho heads the Africa practice and is also a name to note, along with John Balsdon. Chirag Sanghrajka was recently promoted to partner.

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