Legal Firm, Winston and Strawn Confirms Plans to Broaden its Reach in Africa

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Winston & Strawn LLP, a leading US-based legal company, has reaffirmed its commitment to expanding its footprint in Africa.

The firm, which is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, this week announced the addition of leading emerging markets attorneys, Thomas B. Trimble as partner and John David Bryant as counsel in the firm’s Washington, DC office and as members of Winston’s corporate practice.

Trimble (Tom) focuses on project finance and private equity, counseling clients in the energy, telecommunications, mining, heath care, and other infrastructure sectors on major international transactions, most notably in Africa and Latin America.

He was the only US Attorney recognized as part of the top 10 “Africa Elite” by The Lawyer magazine. Tom has pioneered energy and telecommunications transactions in a dozen core countries in East and West Africa, including Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, DRC, and Rwanda.

Bryant has worked closely with Trimble for more than a decade and has substantial experience in the private equity and renewable energy sectors, having served as general counsel at Cannon Power Group, a leading wind energy development company, which completed more than $1 billion in wind energy financings.

These most recent high-profile hires underscore Winston’s commitment to aggressively expanding its transactional practice and to broadening its reach in the energy markets, including Africa.

“We are pleased to have Tom and John join Winston,” said Chairman Tom Fitzgerald.

“The firm is committed to strengthening the capabilities of our transactions department, and Tom’s deep experience in project finance and M&A, along with his market-leading representation of investors in emerging markets, make him an excellent addition to our team,” he continued.

Tom advises US, European, and emerging markets companies and private equity funds in connection with equity and asset acquisitions and dispositions as well as project development and infrastructure transactions. According to Winston and Strawn, he is also a versatile deal-maker, working on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and equity investment matters.

“Tom’s and John’s practice and client base are a natural fit for us,” said David Rogers, managing partner of Winston’s Washington, DC office.

“Their skills and experience augment our existing energy, M&A, and project finance practices and will help us strengthen our D.C. transactional offering, as well as our presence in Africa and Latin America,” Rogers added.

Tom and John join Winston from Akin Gump, where Tom was a partner and leader of the firm’s Africa practice and John served as counsel.

“I am excited to join Winston and build my practice here,” commented Tom.

“My clients will benefit from the depth and breadth of Winston’s team, and, in turn, I look forward to helping Winston develop an even more robust worldwide footprint for the firm through international project work,” he said.

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