Nigerian infrastructure law firm heads to SPB

Nigerian infrastructure lawyer heads to SPB

A venture finance and disputes attorney who counts the Nigerian Nationwide Petroleum Business amongst his customer…

A undertaking finance and disputes law firm who counts the Nigerian National Petroleum Business amid his shoppers, has joined the London workplace of Squire Patton Boggs.

London-based mostly Nigerian jobs and disputes law firm Timi Balogun has joined Squire Patton Boggs (SPB) as a companion in its intercontinental dispute resolution apply.

Balogun was hired from the London workplace of fellow United States organization, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, which he joined in 2015, and has in depth in-home working experience from the African infrastructure finance sector.

His aim is on assignments and infrastructure, including both their improvement and funding, and subsequent disputes. He has advised on upstream oil and gasoline, public-non-public partnerships, tenders and transactions.

Amongst his purchasers are the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), which he represented in a Higher Court docket situation in London about the enforcement of a USD 9.6 billion arbitral award versus the condition-owned entity, as well as in yet another new arbitration make any difference, and the Ghana Countrywide Petroleum Company (GNPC).

The move extends SPB’s two-yr raid on the arbitration follow at Curtis Mallet. In early 2019, nine lawyers with a powerful aim on trader-state electrical power instances moved amongst the corporations in New York, when 2020 began with SPB opening its very first Italian workplace by using the services of four associates from Curtis Mallet, among the them area taking care of lover Galileo Pozzoli, who has in depth practical experience inside of Africa.

SPB’s Africa exercise is led by Pozzoli and Peter Stewart, a further ex-Curtis Mallet spouse with African knowledge, having still left the agency for Clyde & Co in 2017, ahead of signing up for SPB in 2019. Late very last year, in Paris, two other previous Curtis Mallet arbitration attorneys had been hired from DWF by SPB.

Squire Patton Boggs’ global co-chief of international dispute resolution, Stephen Anway, praised Balogun’s “experience in complicated intercontinental dispute resolution, specially representing states and condition-owned entities”, in a assertion.

Dual-experienced in both of those Nigeria, and England and Wales, Balogun expended 13 decades with Abuja-headquartered advancement finance institution The Infrastructure Financial institution (TIB), which include the final six several years as basic counsel. In that purpose, he advised on Nigerian and foreign infrastructure initiatives, which includes on progress financial loans, finance and money in the transportation, strength, waste management, housing and drinking water sectors.

Prior to that he labored in the United Kingdom as a lawyer for South East H2o and Anglian Water Companies.

“Timi is a uncommon commodity,” claimed Stewart, continuing: “In addition to his disputes expertise, he is a skilled and skilled job finance practitioner with a potent in-residence counsel history. He is also capable in equally the United kingdom and Nigeria, functioning at a significant-level in both equally jurisdictions and globally.”

SPB gained two London corporate companions with African transactions working experience at the begin of February this calendar year.

London taking care of companion Jane Haxby mentioned that with Stewart and Pozzoli, Balogun would perform “in acquiring our involvement in extra tasks with African clients”.

Curtis Mallet also lost a Mexican arbitration lawyer to DLA Piper in August, but opened a new Saudi Arabian workplace in August and obtained an Africa-targeted project finance husband or wife in August 2020.

Nigerian infrastructure lawyer heads to SPB