Mayer Brown adds energy, infra pro in Paris

Former Orrick lawyer Olivier Meledo has joined Mayer Brown’s global banking & finance practice and energy group in Paris.

International law firm Mayer Brown has expanded its global finance practice and energy group with the hiring of Olivier Mélédo, who was most recently an energy and infrastructure lawyer at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. He will be based in Paris.

Mélédo has extensive experience in power, renewables and natural resources across many jurisdictions, including almost all of sub-Saharan African states, Mayer Brown said in a statement.

He has advised large corporations, equity investors, development finance institutions, governments, project developers and construction contractors on large-scale projects, as well as related share and asset deals, according to the law firm.

Examples of his work include advising UK-based Actis in the acquisition of a 56 percent stake in SONEL, Cameroon’s national utility, as well as in independent power producers Kribi and Dibamba. The transaction was valued at $202 million.

He has also advised CNPC subsidiary China National Oil and Gas Exploration and Development Corporation on several projects in Africa, including a $5 billion integrated oil and gas project in Niger.

In addition to energy and renewables, Mélédo’s experience includes advising Vinci on the €3 billion privatisation of Aeroportos de Portugal (ANA), which holds a 50-year concession for the country’s 10 airports.

“[Olivier's] appointment is another strategic step in the development of our energy offering to clients globally, and his geographic focus on Africa attests to our long-term commitment to the continent, including Morocco, where we recently concluded a correspondent law firm arrangement with Afrique Advisors, a legal advisory firm based in Casablanca,” said Jean-Philippe Lambert, managing partner of Mayer Brown’s Paris office.