Trinity International LLP (“Trinity”) is pleased to announce the internal promotion of Jennifer Gladstone to partner. Jennifer joined Trinity from Linklaters LLP, where she trained and qualified. Jennifer was a Managing Associate in its Energy and Infrastructure group, having worked in their London, Dubai and Singapore offices. Jennifer acts on all aspects of project development and finance and has experience in advising sponsors, commercial lenders, governmental entities, multilateral and export credit agencies, and has advised clients on project, construction and finance documentation in the UK, Europe, CIS, Africa and the Middle East. Jennifer has been a key member of the team advising the sponsors of the Azura IPP in Nigeria, which is slated to reach financial close in the coming weeks. The appointment of Jennifer to partner takes effect as of 1st January 2016.
Trinity is also pleased to announce the lateral hire of Fiona Gulliford, who joins the Trinity team from the London office of leading French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel. Fiona trained and qualified as a solicitor at CMS Cameron McKenna before moving to Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP where she gained experience advising borrowers, commercial banks, ECAs and development banks on numerous complex project finance transactions, restructurings and corporate financings. Her project finance experience includes power and water projects, petrochemicals, renewable energy (biomass, wind and solar) and LNG. Fiona moved to Gide in 2010 where she has been a partner since 2013. Fiona has also worked on projects across MENA, Eastern Europe and Asia, drafting and negotiating both conventional and Islamic financing facilities and commercial project documentation. Fiona will join Trinity in late January 2016.
Trinity is also pleased to confirm the promotion to Counsel of senior associates Barry Burland and Luke Muchamore. Barry joined Trinity in December 2012 and before that practised for 15 years at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, working in that firm’s London, New York and Asian offices. Barry’s experience in project finance has included mining, power, infrastructure, basic industrial and satellite financings. Luke Muchamore joined the Trinity team in June 2012, having trained and qualified as a solicitor at Allen & Overy LLP, where he was a Senior Associate in its Projects, Energy and Infrastructure group, having worked in the London, Paris and Luxembourg offices. Luke advises primarily on project contract documentation including construction contracts (including EPC contracts), operation and maintenance contracts, concession agreements and ancillary documentation such as direct agreements and performance security. The appointment of Barry and Luke to counsel takes effect as of 1st January 2016.
Trinity is also pleased to announce the hiring of Tinashe Makoni who joins the firm from Norton Rose Fulbright in London. Tinashe focuses on cross-border finance in Africa and advises local and international banks, development finance institutions and private equity funds in relation to their pan-African transactions. Tinashe is also a director of International Lawyers for Africa, the organisation (of which Trinity has been a sponsor for several years) which provides advanced legal training, networking opportunities and education for African lawyers. Tinashe obtained an LLB from the University of Cape Town in 2003 and is admitted as an attorney in the State of New York.
Trinity also has the pleasure in announcing a further hire in Nicolas Boittin who joins us as an associate, having worked for two years in the Energy team at Jones Day in Paris.
With the hiring of Fiona and Nicolas, it brings the number of native or fluent French-speakers at Trinity to six, including two partners, one counsel and three associates, giving Trinity a solid platform to expand its work in Francophone Africa. The hiring of Tinashe is also in line with Trinity’s desire to grow the team with African nationals. Trinity is also pleased to announce its expansion in terms of both breadth and depth of practice. The appointments mark a milestone for the firm, which next year celebrates its tenth anniversary and which in the past year has received several independent awards and has been recognised as one of the fastest-growing law firms in the country.