Jones Day hires partner for new projects practice

Karim Mahmud has moved from Blake, Cassels and Graydon to join the Washington DC-based law firm’s new global effort.

Jones Day, the Washington DC-based law firm, has hired Karim Mahmud as a partner in its projects and infrastructure practice in London. Mahmud previously worked in the London and Bahrain offices of rival law firm Blake, Cassels and Graydon.

Mahmud has worked on energy projects around the world over the last 20 years including oil & gas, heavy oil, shale gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) deals. He also counts mining and power (conventional, renewable and nuclear) among his specialisms and has advised governments, multinational companies and financial institutions.

“Karim is a valuable addition to our growing London team and will supplement our existing projects and energy capabilities in London and across the world,” said John Phillips, partner-in-charge of Jones Day’s London office, in a statement.

Two weeks ago, Jones Day brought together the infrastructure experience of more than 70 of its lawyers around the world to form the new projects and infrastructure practice headed by London-based partner Arman Galledari.

In a statement explaining the move, Galledari said: “With conditions improving in the emerging markets and elsewhere around the world, and with the movement from financier-dominated projects to a more multidisciplinary approach, we thought it was time to formalize and raise the profile of our extensive assets and experience in this area.”