Shearman & Sterling hires Africa expert

The international law firm’s Paris office has recruited Christophe Asselineau as a partner from Simmons & Simmons to bolster its energy, mining and infrastructure practices in Africa’s emerging markets.

Christophe Asselineau has become a partner in the Paris office of law firm Shearman & Sterling, from where he will work with international clients seeking to develop and finance projects in North and Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in the areas of energy, mining and infrastructure.

Asselineau has been covering the African markets for 20 years, according to a statement. In his previous role at law firm Simmons & Simmons, he led the Paris-based energy and infrastructure group and the Africa steering group. He also previously worked in the projects groups at law firms Blake Dawson Waldron in Australia and Linklaters in Paris.

He has also served as an expert witness on natural resources and corruption issues before special commissions of the United Nations, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and the UK Parliament.

Shearman & Sterling’s Paris office has advised African and international clients on their interests in Africa including in international arbitrations, mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions. The firm also has an Africa-focused finance practice, headed by Pierre-Nicolas Ferrand speacialising in asset financing, acquisition financing, real estate finance and projects.

Among African projects advised on by Shearman & Sterling was the 2009 Contourglobal power plant development and financing in Togo, which was reportedly the first substantial foreign investment in Togo in over a decade.