Global law firm White & Case LLP partner Joshua Siaw has been 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.
Siaw has been recognised for his services to the law, UK legal services and to young people, as well as his contribution to UK trade and investment globally, particularly in Africa. He said: "It is a huge privilege to be included in the Queen's Birthday Honours alongside so many people who have made achievements in public life and demonstrated their commitment to serving the United Kingdom. My goal as a lawyer is to play a meaningful role in promoting strong political, trade, finance and development relationships between Africa and the UK and other international markets."
Melissa Butler, White & Case London Office Executive Partner, said: "I speak for the White & Case community in London and beyond in extending warm congratulations to Josh on his appointment as MBE. He continues to make a substantial contribution to the success of the Firm and our relationships with clients and other key stakeholders worldwide, not least in Africa where White & Case has been advising clients for more than 40 years."
A partner in the Firm's Global Banking Practice and also Director of the Africa practice, Siaw has significant knowledge and experience of African markets and advises corporates, governments, banks and other financial institutions on cross-border transactions in Africa.
During September 2018, he supported UK Prime Minister Theresa May on her trade mission to Africa – the only lawyer to be invited as a delegate on the trip. In November 2018, Siaw was appointed to the Prime Minister's UK-Africa FinTech Investment Advisory Group. In June 2019, he 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.
Siaw was included in the 2019, 2018, 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.
White & Case and 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.
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