Over the last week, there have been a couple of announcements from leading law firms that are aimed at bolstering each firm’s Africa capability. Weyinmi Popo has left Jones Day and joined Orrick, as a partner in their M&A and Private Equity Practice and a member of their Africa team. He brings with him significant experience in Anglophone Africa and a client list that includes Helios Investment Management, LeapFrog Investments and Adlevo Capital.
Joining him in the move from Jones Day is Dominic O’Brien, who joins the firm’s finance team, bringing with him significant experience in the energy, infrastructure and telecoms sectors in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Both he and Popo will be based in the firm’s London office.
Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr has appointed Mark Linington to head the South African law firm’s private equity group. He joined the firm’s tax practice in November 2015 following a 10-year career at Webber Wentzel. The promotion reflects CDH’s strategy to focus and coordinate its services around key sectors in South Africa and across the broader region. Over the course of his career, Linington has advised on some of the most prominent private equity and corporate transactions in South Africa.