Global law firm White & Case LLP has announced the promotion of Director of Africa Practice Joshua Siaw to partner in its Global Banking Practice with immediate effect.
A lawyer with dual Ghanaian and British nationality, Siaw is primarily focused on building the business and practice of the Firm across the African continent. His experience includes advising corporates, governments, banks and other financial institutions in relation to cross-border project development and finance transactions, with an emphasis on emerging markets.
"Increasing numbers of multinationals and financial institutions are doing business in Africa and the requirement for legal support for bank finance and project finance deals is strong and growing," said Chris Utting, the Firm’s executive partner in Johannesburg.
"A new generation of African business and political leaders, together with the international investment community, are driving the development of the opportunities that the continent has to offer and lawyers who can bring together international expertise and local know-how in finding innovative solutions to the challenges will be at the forefront of these developing markets. Joshua is an invaluable addition to our leadership team, not only in Johannesburg, but across Africa."
During 2014, Siaw was named a Young Business Leader of the Year by the African Union and identified by Euromoney as one of Africa's rising stars– the publication's list of individuals driving the continent's financial and economic transformation. Leading Africa-focused business publication The Africa Report also recognized Siaw as "one of three individuals shaping Africa's economic future". He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation, a charity established by former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo that is dedicated to advancing human security in Africa.
White & Case has been a leading legal advisor on African matters for more than four decades. It expanded its Johannesburg office earlier in 2014 through the relocation of partners Chris Utting and Mukund Dhar from London and the addition of leading South African banking and project finance partners Joz Coetzer and Craig Whitley and a team of English and South African qualified lawyers. Siaw’s relocation from London to Johannesburg and promotion is a further demonstration of the Firm’s commitment to its Africa practice and to the needs of its international and African clients in the region.
White & Case now has around 20 lawyers in Johannesburg, which serves as the hub for its practice in Africa (including both South Africa and across the continent). During 2015, the Firm will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of its South African office. In 1995, White & Case became the first international law firm to open an office in South Africa post-Apartheid.
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