Paris - Mayer Brown has further strengthened its global Energy group with the addition of Olivier Mélédo as a partner in Paris. He was previously at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

Olivier is a considerably accomplished energy and infrastructure lawyer who advises large corporations, equity investors, development finance institutions, governments, project developers and construction contractors on large-scale international and domestic projects and related share and asset deals, primarily in the power (conventional and renewable), infrastructure and natural resources sectors.

Olivier has extensive experience across several jurisdictions. He has, in particular, been involved in transactions in almost all 17 Sub-Saharan African states subject to the civil-law based OHADA's set of regulations, and also the United States, Asia, Latin America and North Africa.

Olivier serves as a board member and secretary general of the French Association for Energy Law, AFDEN and has been a member of the Houston-based Association of International Petroleum Negotiators for 10 years. He also regularly provides pro bono advice to not-for-profit organizations. As such, in recent years, he has been a recurrent advisor on energy and natural resources related topics to the Harvard Law and International Development Society (LIDS) which produces researches for NGOs.

Thomas Moore, co-leader of the global Energy group at Mayer Brown, said: "Olivier enhances our ability to serve our power, renewable energy and oil and gas clients and lenders in France and French-speaking Africa, which have long been target areas for us. When coupled with our already strong energy offerings in London and Brazil, his arrival allows us to serve our global energy clients wherever in Africa their operations are located."

Jean-Philippe Lambert, managing partner of the Paris office of Mayer Brown and member of the firm's Management Committee, commented: "We are delighted about Olivier's arrival. His appointment is another strategic step in the development of our energy offering to clients globally, and his geographic focus on Africa attests to our long term commitment to the Continent, including Morocco where we recently concluded a correspondent law firm arrangement with Afrique Advisors, a legal advisory firm based in Casablanca."

Ian Coles, who leads Mayer Brown's global Africa group, added: "Olivier's arrival adds to the bench strength of the Paris-based team in our Africa practice and reflects the commitment to the Continent which Mayer Brown is making. We are delighted to welcome him to the firm."