Orrick Expands London Finance and Corporate Teams

February.09.2016

Orrick today announced the addition of two more partners to its rapidly growing London office, adding Dominic O’Brien to the firm’s finance team, and Weyinmi Popo to the firm’s M&A and Private Equity practice and Africa team.

With their additions, Orrick has recruited eleven lateral partners to its London office since 2014. The latest additions deepen the firm’s corporate and finance capabilities in London, supporting clients’ domestic and cross-border activity. Both partners join Orrick from Jones Day.

Douglas Lahnborg, head of Orrick’s London office, said: "Orrick has terrific momentum in London.  Our global focus on the energy & infrastructure, finance and technology sectors is resonating with both clients and top-tier talent. Dominic and Weyinmi each exemplifies our commitment to these industries."

Dominic O’Brien

Dominic is a finance practitioner who acts for UK and international lenders on complex transactions, including debt funds and other alternative credit providers, in leveraged buy-outs, corporate M&A and growth capital investments. He also has significant experience in the energy and infrastructure and telecoms sectors, advising on greenfield and brownfield projects in the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

“Orrick has vibrant teams working on some of the most interesting deals in the market,” said Dominic. “I am excited to be part of growing the practice working with the team in London and across the firm’s global platform.”

Weyinmi Popo

Weyinmi focuses on advising UK and international clients on cross-border corporate and private equity investments.  He also brings deep experience in Anglophone Africa, complementing the firm’s market leading Francophone Africa practice. His clients include, among others, Helios Investment Partners, one of the largest Africa-focused private equity funds with approximately $3 billion in assets under management, Leap Frog Investments and Adlevo Capital.

“Orrick clearly has a deep commitment to Africa and a well-established record of making African investments successful for all parties,” said Weyinmi. “Together, I think we will offer something truly distinctive to investors throughout Africa.”

Orrick’s London Corporate team is ranked in Chambers for Private Equity: Venture Capital Investment. The firm’s market leading Africa practice, also ranked in Chambers Global, has advised clients on investments in 35 African countries and recently established an affiliated office in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, to support international investment in the region.

Earlier this week, Orrick announced the promotion of 19 new partners – the firm’s largest partner class since 2007.  The class includes Andrew Denye, who has been promoted to partner in the London real estate group.   Last year, the firm added a five-member energy & infrastructure team from Hogan Lovells, including Matthew Williams, who had served as Hogan Lovells’ global co-head of energy & natural resources.