A Ugandan-born lawyer has been named partner in one of the largest and most prestigious law firms in the world.
Gabriel Mpubani, who went to school in Uganda, graduated with a law degree at Makerere University, before earning an LLM at Wolfson College, Cambridge University, is one of 16 new partners named by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, according to a report in The Lawyer, an industry publication.
Founded in 1743, Freshfields is the oldest in the ‘Magic Circle’ of five leading law firms in the United Kingdom – and the oldest law firm in the world.
It is the top ranked law firm for European, UK and Asia-Pacific mergers and acquisitions and in 2014, it closed 91 transactions worth over $118 billion, according to a ranking by Thomson Reuters.
It also won M&A Team of the Year at The African Legal Awards 2015. Freshfields is reported to be advising on the Uganda Refinery in Hoima.
According to The Lawyer, Mpubani is the only partner not to have trained at Freshfields. He reportedly trained at Clifford Chance, then spent six and a half years as an associate at Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, joining Freshfields in 2012.
Mpubani was one of the lawyers included in the Black Power List, a selection of Britain’s most influential people of African and African Caribbean heritage.
The listing noted that Mr Mpubani “focuses on energy, transport and infrastructure, with a strong bias on Africa where he represents sponsors, project companies and lenders on some of Africa’s ground-breaking transactions.”