White & Case Partner Joins UK Prime Minister on Trade Mission to Africa

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Global law firm White & Case LLP partner Joshua Siaw is supporting UK Prime Minister Theresa May on her trade mission to Africa – the only lawyer to be invited as a delegate on the trip.

Siaw, a partner in the Firm's Global Banking Practice and also Director of the Africa practice, said: "White & Case has been active in Africa for more than 40 years and, as the first international law firm to open an office in South Africa, we're very proud to support the Prime Minister on this important and historic visit.

"Our goal as a firm is to play a significant role in promoting strong political, trade, finance and development relationships between Africa and the UK and other international markets. A visit like this plays a fundamental role in continuing to strengthen alliances between the UK and the many countries, peoples and cultures of the diverse African continent and, as a Ghanaian living in the UK, I believe there is much more that unites us than separates us."

White & Case partner Melissa Butler, leader of the Firm's Africa Interest Group, said: "Clients trust White & Case to support their most important, complex, cross-border Africa matters because we've developed a deep understanding of the continent through our many years of work across all our practice groups in its varied markets and key industries.

"We're very proud of our track record in Africa and delighted to have the opportunity to support Prime Minister Theresa May and the UK government on this important trade mission."

As well as White & Case, a number of businesses from all regions of the UK that represent the technology, infrastructure and financial and professional services sectors are accompanying the trade mission.

The Prime Minister is also joined by government colleagues George Hollingbery, Minister of State for Trade Policy at the Department for International Trade, and Harriet Baldwin, Minister of State for Africa at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Minister of State at the Department for International Development, on a visit that aims to strengthen ties between the UK and Africa, showcase the strong existing partnerships and highlight investment opportunities.

White & Case & Africa
White & Case has been actively advising clients on the African continent for more than 40 years. It was the first international law firm to establish an on-the-ground presence in South Africa, when the Johannesburg office opened in 1985. A second African office in Cairo, Egypt opened during 2016. White & Case lawyers have advised on matters in almost all 54 African countries, providing guidance on the continent's largest project finance, M&A, equity and debt capital markets, construction and dispute resolution matters. The Firm has significant experience across a number of sectors including mining and metals, infrastructure, power, oil and gas and telecoms, and also advises clients in sub-Saharan, Lusophone and Francophone Africa from its offices in Beijing, London, New York, Paris, São Paolo, the United Arab Emirates and Washington, DC. More information about the Firm's work in Africa is available here.

About Joshua Siaw
Joshua Siaw is a White & Case partner in the Global Banking Practice, and also director of the Africa practice. He has significant knowledge and experience of African markets and advises corporates, governments, banks and other financial institutions on cross-border project development and finance transactions. Siaw was included in the 2017 and 2016 Powerlist, the prestigious annual publication which celebrates Britain's 100 most influential people of African or African Caribbean heritage. In 2014, he was named by Forbes as "one of Africa's most influential young business leaders" and identified by Euromoney as one of Africa's 'Rising Stars', a list of individuals and power brokers who are transforming the financial, investment and business landscape in Africa. In the same year, Siaw was also named a 'Young Business Leader of the Year' by the African Union.

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