Firm Expands Private Funds and Africa Practices With Partner Hire

09 Jan 2017

International law firm Simmons & Simmons will expand its international financial markets group with the appointment of Cindy Valentine who joins the firm’s financial services practice as a partner.*

Cindy joins the firm from King & Wood Mallesons, where she was co-head of the firm’s Africa Group, on 09 January. Her experience covers a wide range of international funds, including large buyout and mid-market funds, renewable energy, venture funds, fund of funds, real estate and emerging market funds. She works on the private equity aspects of corporate finance including private investment funds structuring, fund raising, co-investment arrangements and management buyouts.

Jonathan Hammond, head of the firm’s financial institutions sector and financial markets group, said: “Cindy is a key addition to our market leading financial services practice and her appointment is a demonstration of our strong commitment to building on our strengths.”

David Williams, private funds partner in London, continued: “Our private funds practice is going from strength to strength. Cindy’s practice, including her work for major infrastructure fund manager clients and her African expertise, is a great fit with our existing strengths. Cindy brings yet more capability to the private funds team and we are delighted she has decided to join us”.

Paul Bugingo, a co-chair of the firm’s Africa group, added: “We consistently look for ways to expand upon the firm’s extensive experience in Africa and Cindy’s focus on the asset management & investment funds sector, and her wealth of local knowledge will be a real boost for our practice.”

*Subject to standard regulatory approvals. 

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