Ashurst has nabbed White & Case associate Matthew Wooden for its Africa-specific undertaking finance apply, ending his 16-year stint on the US agency.

Wooden has been drafted in by Ashurst to guide the agency’s operations within the area and can relocate from the UAE to the London workplace.

He has spent his whole profession at White & Case, having educated on the agency in 2002. His time there included a secondment to BNP Paribas as authorized counsel in Paris and eight years spent within the Abu Dhabi workplace, the place he was made associate in 2015. 

Wooden specialises within the financing and growth of vitality and infrastructure belongings and has suggested sponsors, lenders (together with Islamic banks and export credit score/multi-lateral businesses) and authorities establishments throughout a various vary of jurisdictions within the Center East, North Africa, sub-saharan Africa and South East Asia.

Joss Dare, managing associate of Ashurst within the Center East, mentioned: “Matt’s appointment additional demonstrates our dedication to proceed to strengthen our tasks capabilities. He has excellent expertise throughout a variety of transactions within the Center East and in Africa which ties in completely with our world functionality and can assist us to capitalise on the most important alternatives that lie forward.”

Andy Fraiser, world head of undertaking finance, added: “The worldwide undertaking finance market represents a major development alternative for Ashurst that we’re devoted to embracing. Lots of the world’s actually world undertaking finance purchasers are searching for a contemporary strategy to offering authorized companies and Matt becoming a member of us is one in all quite a lot of steps that we’ll be taking within the close to future to reply to consumer demand.”

Woods was the only Center East promotion for White & Case in 2015 when the agency made up 37 companions globally. This 12 months, White & Case’s introduced its largest ever promotions spherical of 41, through which two attorneys from the UAE had been made up in undertaking finance and arbitration.

Lateral motion inside White & Case has reached peak ranges this 12 months with development together with the rent of Herbert Smith Freehills infrastructure associate Simon Caridia. The agency has additionally employed David Robertson from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner and Steven Baker from Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, in addition to former Addleshaw Goddard litigation associate Chris Brennan. Most lately, White & Case introduced in Gilles Teerlinck from Kirkland for its capital markets apply. 

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