In the latest move to bolster global law firm Squire Patton Boggs’ Africa, Energy and infrastructure groups, Karim Maalioun is joining Squire Patton Boggs as a Partner in the firm’s global corporate practice. Most recently, he was the General Counsel at ContourGlobal, an international developer and operator of electric power and district heating businesses.
His appointment follows follows the hire last month of Matthew Mulqueen as a partner in Squire Patton Boggs’ Energy & Natural Resources Practice. Together with Mr. Mulqueen, who is well known for his work advising Vestas Wind Systems on its involvement in the groundbreaking 310MW Lake Turkana Wind Power Project in Kenya, and Adam Hastings who joined the firm in late 2014, Maalioun’s appointment adds further heavyweight Africa experience to the firm’s global energy and infrastructure capabilities.
Maalioun brings extensive experience of the energy sector, especially in relation to Africa and has been involved in advising on a wide range of power and energy projects across the continent. In particular he has expertise in M&A, greenfield/brownfield development, project finance, construction and operations issues, and disputes and compliance matters. As General Counsel (EMEA) at ContourGlobal for the past five years, he was involved in numerous power investment projects including natural gas and oil, combined-heat-and-power plants and also renewables such as wind farms and solar plants.
“Africa is an important growth area for our practice and our firm,” added Jane Haxby, EMEA head of the Global Corporate Practice, “and it presents an extraordinary number of opportunities longer term for the investment in and development of energy and infrastructure assets. Able to advise France-based companies and institutions, as well as other international organizations in the sector, Karim will play a key role bridging our Paris and London operations in terms of Africa-related M&A and projects.”
He will be based in the firm’s Paris office, but is expected to spend significant time in the London office.