LONDON/PARIS (June 4, 2013) – McDermott Will & Emery's Africa practice has been ranked among the premier such practices recommended in the inaugural edition of International Financial Law Review’s (IFLR) "IFLR1000 Energy & Infrastructure Sub-Saharan Africa Guide 2013." McDermott is one of only 46 firms recognized globally for energy and infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The Firm, which is described by one client as being “on the ball, they operate in any terrain, are quick on their feet and flexible and very thorough, too,” significantly strengthened its Africa practice in 2013 with the arrival of several European lawyers with specialist knowledge of the region. McDermott recruited Energy practitioner Jean-Claude Petilon and his team in Paris, which IFLR describes as "one of the biggest names for Africa work in the French market," strengthening the Firm’s energy, mining and infrastructure practices in Africa. This announcement followed the hire of Africa-focused Corporate partners Rupert Weber and Stuart Mathews in London, both of whom have significant deal experience advising clients in Africa. They also have strong experience in mining and metals, diamonds, oil and gas and renewables.
“We are delighted to receive such a strong recommendation in the IFLR1000 Energy & Infrastructure Sub-Saharan Africa Guide,” said Nicholas Azis, London-based Corporate partner and co-head of McDermott’s Africa practice. “This swift recognition of our Africa practice by such a respected publication reflects our keen interest in serving the needs of clients on both their inbound and outbound work in Sub-Saharan Africa.”
Mr. Azis, Mr. Petilon and Mr. Weber were further distinguished in the guide’s “International Firms: Leading Individuals” table. Mr. Azis was recommended in M&A and energy, Mr. Petilon in concessions, projects, commercial and contracts, energy, mining and metals, oil and gas and power, and Mr. Weber in banking and finance, capital markets, M&A, private equity, energy, and mining and metals.
In addition, Corporate partner Stuart Mathews, Private Client partner Andrew Vergunst and Energy partner Andrew Watson were highlighted as leading lawyers in the overview of McDermott’s practice. Mr. Mathews, Mr. Vergunst and Mr. Weber were mentioned for what IFLR calls a “highlight” deal. This deal had a value in excess of $5bn and related to Southern Africa and the minerals sector. Mr. Watson was mentioned for leading a McDermott team in advising an international oil company in relation to financing, adding up to $1 billion, for oil infrastructure development in Chad and Cameroon. Corporate practice head David Goldman was noted in the editorial commentary for being “praised” by clients for his M&A work in West Africa, as was Mr. Azis. White Collar partner Obiamaka Madubuko was also noted for her regulatory compliance work in relation to the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, UK Bribery Act regulations and other global anti-corruption laws.
The “seasoned Africa energy team,” as IFLR writes, led by Mr. Petilon and comprised of Energy counsels Liliane Doukouré and Matthieu Adam, were mentioned in the “Movers and Shakers” section as having joined McDermott in March 2013.
The results of this guide are based on a questionnaire survey of law firms active in energy and infrastructure and a series of interviews with law firm partners – from both international and domestic firms – and in-house counsel active in the African market. IFLR also used other sources of information, including transactional statistics provided by Dealogic.
IFLR1000 is a guide to the world’s leading financial law firms. IFLR provides rankings and commentary on firms in corporate finance and transaction-related practices. The Sub-Saharan Africa Energy and Infrastructure Guide is published in association with Petroleum Economist, a longstanding and respected publication in the energy industry.
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