Powerlist Members

Akshai Fofaria

Akshai Fofaria photo Partner | Pinsent Masons

Based in: London Principal practice areas: Projects Admissions: England and Wales, France Languages spoken: English, French, Spanish and Guajarati A specialist in the oil and gas, natural resources and energy sectors, Akshai Fofaria has built a successful practice advising important clients in a number of different African states. Having worked on a number of thermal …

Alain Malek

Alain Malek photo Partner | Norton Rose Fulbright

Number of years practice: 20+Principal practice areas: Corporate and M&A, banking and finance, capital markets, projectLanguages spoken: French, English and Arabic What is the geographical focus of your practice in Africa? North and Francophone Africa, West Africa and Central Africa. Please describe the most important matters you have worked on in the …

Alexander Msimang

Alexander Msimang photo Partner | Vinson & Elkins R

Based in: London Principal practice areas: Project development and finance, oil and gas, M&A Admissions: England and Wales A highly regarded energy-related projects and transactions specialist, Alexander Msimang has advised clients on matters concerned with a number of emerging markets, including African nations such as Senegal, Uganda, Nigeria and Kenya. Having provided counsel to many …

Andrew Jones

Andrew Jones photo Partner, head of Africa group | Linklaters

Number of years practice: 26 Principal practice areas: Energy, infrastructure, natural resources, telecoms Languages spoken: English, French, German, Spanish and Portuguese What is the geographical focus of your practice in Africa? Pan-African practice: I have worked in over 30 countries across Africa over the past 26 years, including in Francophone, Lusophone and South …

Andrew Skipper

Andrew Skipper photo Partner | Hogan Lovells

Based in: London Principal practice areas: Corporate Number of years practiced: 34 Previously leading Hogan Lovells’ global corporate practice and now heading the firm’s Africa practice, Andrew Skipper is a highly respected legal figure when it comes to Africa issues. His ability to advise clients on complex contracts and negotiations across various African countries is …

Anthony Giustini

Anthony Giustini photo Partner | Clifford Chance

Based in: Paris Principal practice areas: Project development and finance, banking and finance, PFI PPP Renowned for his world-class guidance on a number of Africa’s landmark power, hydropower, gas, renewables and pipeline projects – including major domestic offshore projects and brownfield transactions – Anthony Giustini is at the forefront of project development and finance within …

Arun Velusami

Arun Velusami photo Partner | Hogan Lovells

Number of years practice: 20 Principal practice areas: Energy and infrastructure Languages spoken: English What is the geographical focus of your practice in Africa? Pan-African practice, with a focus on North Africa, West Africa, East Africa, Central Africa and South Africa. Please describe the most important matters you have worked on in …

Audley Sheppard QC

Audley Sheppard QC photo Partner, co-head of international arbitration | Clifford Chance

Number of years practice: 34Principal practice areas: International arbitration Languages spoken: English What is the geographical focus of your practice in Africa? Pan-African practice; I have a particular focus in Anglophone and Arabaphone Africa. I have worked on arbitrations across a wide range of jurisdictions, including Angola, Botswana, the DR Congo, Egypt, Kenya, …

Barthélemy Faye

Barthélemy Faye photo Partner | Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Number of years practice: 20 Principal practice areas: Private equity, international projects and financings, sovereign debt Languages spoken: French, English and Wolof-Senegal What is the geographical focus of your practice in Africa? Pan-African practice, with a focus on North and Francophone Africa, West Africa and Central Africa. Please describe the most important …

Bayo Odubeko

Bayo Odubeko photo Partner | Norton Rose Fulbright

Based in: London Principal practice areas: Corporate finance Admissions: England and Wales Bar Admissions: Nigeria An expert in cross-border transactions with a lengthy track record of advising in the emerging markets, Bayo Odubeko has accrued a reputation of being an Africa specialist thanks to retaining a special focus on the continent throughout his career. He …

Ben Donovan

Ben Donovan photo Partner | Covington & Burling

Number of years practice: 23 Languages spoken: English What is the geographical focus of your practice in Africa? Pan-African practice with a focus on West Africa, East Africa, Central Africa and South Africa. Please describe the most important matters you have worked on in the African market in the last two years, …

Benoît Le Bars

Benoît Le Bars photo Managing partner and founder | Lazareff Le Bars

Number of years practice: 23 Principal practice areas: Arbitrations, alternative dispute resolution, international contracts, international corporation and structuring Languages spoken: English and Spanish What is the geographical focus of your practice in Africa? Pan-African practice. Please describe the most important matters you have worked on in the African market in the last …

Bertrand Montembault

Bertrand Montembault photo Partner | Herbert Smith Freehills

Based in: Paris Principal practice areas: Projects, corporate, energy, natural resources and infrastructure finance, M&A, project finance A true expert in affairs related to Francophone Africa, Bertrand Montembault has over 25 years of experience acting for clients on a wide range of projects and operations in the oil and gas, power and natural resources sectors. …

Boris Martor

Boris Martor photo Partner | Eversheds Sutherland

Number of years practice: 23Principal practice areas: Project finance, energy and infrastructure, private equity Languages spoken: English, French, Spanish What is the geographical focus of your practice in Africa? Pan-African practice with a particular focus on North and Francophone Africa, West Africa and Central Africa. My background in terms geographical coverage and activities …

Caroline Miller Smith

Caroline Miller Smith photo Partner | White & Case

Based in: London Principal practice areas: Project development and finance Languages spoken: English and Spanish A noted specialist in infrastructure, project development and project finance, Caroline Miller Smith has a proven and consistent track record in delivering for her clients on the many challenges that international and cross-border transactions bring. Amongst other matters spanning Europe …

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