Curtis Mallet Swipes Africa Specialist From Simmons Dubai

U.S. law firm Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle has hired an Africa specialist from Simmons & Simmons in Dubai, signalling the growing importance of the city as a hub for Africa work.

New partner Paul Bugingo joins the firm having spent over 20 years advising governments, state-owned corporations and investors on large-scale energy and infrastructure projects across Africa, including in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Somaliland, Djibouti, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland and Lesotho, the firm said in a statement.

“In the span of his career, he is also credited with spearheading the Africa practice at Dentons,” the firm said. “Qualified to practice as a solicitor in England & Wales, Mr Bugingo brings with him a wealth of experience in the energy and infrastructure sector and a particular focus on Africa.”

Bugingo joined Simmons & Simmons as partner in Dubai in 2015, after a 17-year stint at Dentons as partner in London and Dubai.

“We are very pleased to have Paul join us. His broad experience in advising on Africa-related projects and his overall projects background will be a tremendous asset. He adds a new dimension to our Dubai-based offerings,” said Jeremy Miocevic, managing partner of Curtis Dubai.

Curtis Mallet has been expanding its international presence this year, in July making a rare partner hire to its London office from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.