Nigerian infrastructure lawyer heads to SPB

A task finance and disputes law firm who counts the Nigerian National Petroleum Company among

A task finance and disputes law firm who counts the Nigerian National Petroleum Company among his client…

A job finance and disputes law firm who counts the Nigerian Countrywide Petroleum Enterprise between his consumers, has joined the London place of work of Squire Patton Boggs.

London-based mostly Nigerian initiatives and disputes attorney Timi Balogun has joined Squire Patton Boggs (SPB) as a partner in its worldwide dispute resolution observe.

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

His focus is on assignments and infrastructure, such as the two their development and funding, and subsequent disputes. He has recommended on upstream oil and gasoline, community-non-public partnerships, tenders and transactions.

Between his customers are the Nigerian Countrywide Petroleum Company (NNPC), which he represented in a Superior Court circumstance in London about the enforcement of a USD 9.6 billion arbitral award from the condition-owned entity, as nicely as in one more current arbitration make any difference, and the Ghana Nationwide Petroleum Company (GNPC).

The shift extends SPB’s two-yr raid on the arbitration practice at Curtis Mallet. In early 2019, 9 attorneys with a powerful target on trader-condition energy conditions moved concerning the companies in New York, though 2020 commenced with SPB opening its first Italian workplace by selecting 4 companions from Curtis Mallet, among them neighborhood controlling lover Galileo Pozzoli, who has in depth expertise inside of Africa.

SPB’s Africa practice is led by Pozzoli and Peter Stewart, another ex-Curtis Mallet companion with African knowledge, owning still left the agency for Clyde & Co in 2017, just before joining SPB in 2019. Late very last 12 months, in Paris, two other former Curtis Mallet arbitration lawyers were being hired from DWF by SPB.

Squire Patton Boggs’ world co-leader of worldwide dispute resolution, Stephen Anway, praised Balogun’s “experience in complicated international dispute resolution, especially symbolizing states and condition-owned entities”, in a assertion.

Twin-competent in both Nigeria, and England and Wales, Balogun spent 13 decades with Abuja-headquartered growth finance establishment The Infrastructure Bank (TIB), which includes the very last 6 decades as typical counsel. In that part, he advised on Nigerian and international infrastructure tasks, including on growth loans, finance and resources in the transport, strength, waste administration, housing and drinking water sectors.

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

“Timi is a unusual commodity,” said Stewart, continuing: “In addition to his disputes knowledge, he is a skilled and professional task finance practitioner with a solid in-dwelling counsel qualifications. He is also qualified in both the Uk and Nigeria, running at a superior-amount in both of those jurisdictions and globally.”

SPB gained two London company partners with African transactions practical experience at the start out of February this calendar year.

London controlling partner Jane Haxby claimed that with Stewart and Pozzoli, Balogun would get the job done “in creating our involvement in additional projects with African clients”.

Curtis Mallet also misplaced a Mexican arbitration lawyer to DLA Piper in August, but opened a new Saudi Arabian office in August and acquired an Africa-targeted project finance associate in August 2020.

Nigerian infrastructure lawyer heads to SPB