The European law firm with a strong focus on Africa has hired two London project finance partners from …
The heavily Africa-focused European law firm has hired two London project finance partners from HFW.
Following the hiring of a Parisian public law lawyer and infrastructure projects Cendrine Delivered in March, and his expansion in the United States in April, ASAFO & CO has now hired two project funding partners in London.
André Thomas and Winston Bell-Gam both made the lateral move to ASAFO from HFW, where Thomas also led the project finance practice. Their arrival will be crucial to accelerate ASAFO’s involvement in the financing of English law projects in Africa.
Thomas brings to ASAFO 30 years of experience in project development, with a focus on the pipeline, infrastructure, energy, transport and healthcare sectors, and Bell-Gam 15 years, in focusing on the energy, infrastructure, transport, healthcare and insurance sectors in Africa.
While Bell-Gam focuses on project acquisitions, financings and development issues, Thomas acts on high-value infrastructure projects for developers, financial and development institutions, boards of directors and managers. governments, and his addition to the ASAFO London team will dramatically improve the company’s project practice across Africa, while expanding its influence in Europe.
The arrival of Thomas and Bell-Gam brings the number of ASAFO partners to 50.
Thomas started his career at Magic Circle Linklaters, before leading the UK practices of a series of US law firms in London, such as Chadbourne and Parke (now defunct), Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. Subsequently, he founded Fasken Martineau (today Fasken) of the Africa-focused division, before leading Hunton & Williams (now Hunton Andrews Kurth) the banking practice of. He remained at Hunton for four years before joining HFW, his most recent role having lasted two years.
Bell-Gam held various positions in private practice early in his career, including four years at White and case, followed by two years at Ashurst then a year at Winston & Straw, before going internally at the head of a development finance institution East African Development Bankthe legal division of for one year. In this role, he focused on cross-border project and development restructurings and financial issues in the energy, infrastructure, transport and agriculture sectors. He then joined Shakespeare Martineau for two years as a partner, before arriving at HFW.
Also this month, a new law firm in North and West Africa, DNA, was formed by the merger of four existing companies to capitalize on business opportunities in Algeria, Morocco, Ivory Coast and Guinea.