White & Case Partner Joshua Siaw MBE (London) has been named, for the sixth consecutive year, one of Britain's most influential people of African or African Caribbean heritage by the prestigious annual Powerlist publication.
The Powerlist 2021, which is created in partnership with JP Morgan, profiles the top 100 most influential Black people in Britain, selected by an independent panel of judges and chosen because of their "ability to positively alter events and change lives as demonstrated over a reasonable period of time," according to Powerlist publisher Powerful Media. "We give each new nominee marks out of 10 on two indices: how influential they are in their immediate sphere of expertise and how far that influence reaches beyond that."
Siaw joins other influential public figures featured on the 2021 Powerlist, including seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton MBE, COVID fighter and Public Health England regional director for London Professor Kevin Fenton, British Vogue editor Edward Enninful and Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing Dame Donna Kinnair.
"I feel honoured to be listed alongside such inspirational role models who have made such positive contributions to society," says Siaw.
A partner in White & Case's Global Debt Finance Practice and director of the Firm's Africa practice, Siaw advises corporations, governments, banks and other financial institutions on cross-border project development and finance transactions in Africa. In 2014, Siaw was identified by Euromoney as "one of Africa's Rising Stars" and named by Forbes as "one of Africa's most influential young business leaders." In 2018, Siaw was selected as the only lawyer to join Prime Minister Theresa May on her trade mission to Africa, and was appointed as a member of the UK-Africa FinTech Investment Group. In 2019, Siaw was appointed to the Global Britain Sub Group of the UK Board of Trade, promoting the UK's global trade and investment agenda with a focus on Africa, and was appointed a member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Her Majesty The Queen in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2019, recognized for his services to the law, UK legal services, and for his contribution to UK trade and investment in Africa. In 2020, following the announcement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the formation of the UK Africa Investors Group ("AIG"), Siaw was appointed as a member of the AIG chaired by Her Majesty's trade commissioner for Africa.