Julien Naginski’s practice is focused on mergers and acquisitions, investment funds, and natural resources with a particular focus on Europe, China and Africa. With over 20 years of private practice and in-house experience, Julien has worked on acquisition transactions in a number of industries, and on mining, oil and gas, and natural resources marketing and financing projects across the globe. In Africa: Algeria, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Congo (Brazzaville), DRC, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and the Republic of South Africa. He has also advised on governance, UK/US/French securities law and regulatory compliance, fundraising and investor relations, litigation and arbitration (LCIA and ICC).
Prior to joining McDermott, Julien was General Counsel and Partner at Pallinghurst Advisors LLP, a specialist natural resources investment advisor based in St. James, Stellenbosch, Guernsey and Cayman, founded by Brian Gilbertson (ex-CEO of BHP-Billiton). He also worked as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Tisbury Capital Management LLP, an event-driven hedge fund investment advisor with offices in Mayfair, Boston and Hong Kong.
Prior to that, he was International General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Directors of Pinault Printemps Redoute (PPR, now Kering) based in Paris. During his time at PPR, he was also a founding member of the Group Committee on Corporate and Social Responsibility and assisted group company CFAO (Compagnie Française de l'Afrique Occidentale) on automotive and pharma acquisitions in Malawi, Kenya and Tanzania. Prior to that, he was a member of the Corporate and Africa Energy and Mining practice groups at two international law firms in Paris and New York.
Julien was also a legal consultant at Associates for International Resources and Development (AIRD, Cambridge, USA) on a USAID-funded study of non-traditional exports in Ghana and Madagascar, was a graduate intern at the United States Embassy in Bamako, Mali, and was a legal intern at the investment bank Databank (Ghana) Limited in Accra.